TECH, INNOVATION

Nakuru ASK show resumes after two-year Covid break

Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya show is the second of nine events this year

In Summary
  • Nakuru ASK show chairman Perminus Migwi said Covid-19 prevention measures will be strictly adhered to.
  • He said more than 120 exhibitors have shown interest; 58 have confirmed.  The target is 200.
Nakuru Tinga Machines director Gibson Githaiga shows how a chopper machine grinds animal feed.
ASK IS BACK: Nakuru Tinga Machines director Gibson Githaiga shows how a chopper machine grinds animal feed.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

The Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya show returns from June 29 to July 3 after a two-year break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fifty-eight exhibitors have confirmed participation and are already on the ground and 120 others have shown interest, chairman Perminus Migwi said.

The target is 200 exhibitors, he said.

The theme for this year’s show is 'Promotion of Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade', as in the past five years because the issue is pressing.

Crops such as maize, wheat, millet, pyrethrum and many varieties of vegetables are ready for exhibition.

Migwi said management will strictly adhere to Covid-19 protocols. Masks will be required in closed areas.

Cases are increasing in what is believed to be the sixth wave in Kenya.

A man repaints the Kenya Seed Company stand at the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya Showgrounds. The show runs from June 29-July 3
ASK: A man repaints the Kenya Seed Company stand at the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya Showgrounds. The show runs from June 29-July 3
Image: LOISE MACHARIA

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially open the show on July 1. Guests will include Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Senator Susan Kihika on separate days.

Stands are being refurbished and preparations are well underway.

Management has held two major events, the first on June 10 when requirements regarding payments, security and electricity were spelled out to exhibitors.

More than 22 new exhibitors include the Umash Funeral Home that has many services, including packages whereby people can plan their final send-offs.

Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya chairman Perminus Migwi at a media breakfast
AGRICULTURE: Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya chairman Perminus Migwi at a media breakfast
Image: LOISE MACHARIA

Migwi said the other event was 10km walk through Nakuru city to the showgrounds, meant to create awareness.

“The management incorporated its Corporate Social Responsibility event by feeding street families and contributing foodstuff to several children's homes, he said.

(Edited by V. Graham)

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