The department of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries has done Kisumu County proud after winning top positions in this year’s Nyanza regional Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show that started today at the Mamboleo grounds.
The department won three most prestigious positions -the best Agro-processing Stand, the best Stand exhibiting Agricultural and Earth-Moving equipment, the Best county & Best County Departmental stand.
Led by their County Executive member, Mr Kenneth Onyango, the department put up a breathtaking display of agricultural information section, a splendid display of value addition of various crops, livestock and fisheries that attracted hordes of show –goers, including college and school students.
Judges were impressed by the department’s use of its stand to offer educative information on modern agriculture driven by simple technologies and climate smart agricultural practices.
It also hosted a section where 4-K and young farmers clubs from various schools exhibited their agricultural skills especially on the use of recycled materials such as bottles to build kitchen gardens.
“We have prepared well for the show. My staff spent all their time here in the weeks before the show. We have to demonstrate to the public what we are doing to help boost food production and value addition to the crops, fish and livestock we produce,” said Mr Onyango as he conducted report across his department’s stand.
He added: “We want to change the way we do commercial and subsistence agriculture as emphasized in the Governor’s manifesto.
Some of most attractive displays at the departmental stand include the dairy goats and Cows. Also outstanding, were exhibitions of exotic birds and chicken imported from as far as Malaysia, USA, China, South Africa and Tanzania, by a farmer at Ondiek estate in Kisumu.
The show- whose theme is –“Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Economic Growth – will be officially opened on Friday, July 28, 2023.