Preparations are complete for the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show which kicks off on Wednesday this week.
Already, more than 130 exhibitors have registered and confirmed their participation in the event whose theme is “Promoting Innovation in Technology and Trade”.
According to ASK Chairperson Margaret Anami, this year’s show will pay more attention to job creation, mainly for the youth, in the agricultural sector.
“We are focused in actualising this year’s theme and we are certain that we shall achieve it going by the exhibitors who have shown interest,” said Ms Anami.
She noted that among the areas of focus is training the farmers on the management of the fall army worms which has led to serious crop losses in the agricultural sector.
She said county and national government officials are expected to attend the show.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to grace the show on Friday.
“We are expecting the county commissioner to officially open the show on Wednesday. Governor Lee Kinyanjui will be attending the show on Thursday,” said Ms Anami.
Other guests expected at the show are Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
“We are promoting inter-county programmes where we will learn from each other,” she added.
Ms Anami further revealed that several meetings have been held with top security officers in Nakuru in order to ensure the security of the exhibitors and guests.
ASK Branch Manager Bernard Ateng’a noted that the number of participants has exceeded last year’s where the show attracted 115 exhibitors.
“Last year being an election year, we had [fewer] exhibitors but this year we are hoping to reach our target of 150 exhibitors,” said Mr Ateng’a.
Some of the new entries in to this year’s show include agro-based organisations, manufacturers, institutions of higher learning, parastatals and regulation bodies.
The climax of the show will be a family fun day on Sunday, July 8, 2018.