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February 20, 2019

The Week

Naivasha residents will soon have a fish market



Nakuru county has set aside Sh8 million for the construction of a fish market and cold stores in Kihoto estate in Naivasha.

According to the chairman of the implementation committee in the county assembly Simon Wanyoike, a suitable land has already been identified to construct the multi-million market.

“The county has already set aside Sh8 million in this financial year for the construction of a fish market and cold stores in Naivasha,” he said.

He noted that for years, fish traders around the lake did not have designated points where they could sell their catch.

“The market will address the issue of losses and storage of fish catch from Lake Naivasha which has been a major challenge for years,” he said.

This came as the department of fisheries projected an increase in fish production. “Last year the total was 600 metric tonnes and we are projecting that this will rise to 1,000 metric tonnes at the end of this year. This could be attributed to the use of improved fishing methods and sharp rise in the common carp species which is now the dominant fish in the lake,” Naivasha sub-county fisheries officers Mathew Ngila said.


Contest for innovators in agribusiness launched



An agribusiness competition for youth in East Africa has been launched.

The second edition of the young innovators in agribusiness competition is open to youth aged 18 to 35 years from the East African Community, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar and have a start-up or medium sized enterprise along the agricultural value chain.

The competition seeks to enable African youth to stimulate sustainable enterprises that attract potential investors and stakeholders through competition.

“The journey of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition has just started and there is still a long way to go. Agribusiness is not just about farming, but it’s about innovation along the agricultural value chain,” said James Shikwati, director of Inter Region Economic Network.

The competition also aims to promote the establishment and strengthening of existing start-ups and SMEs, demonstrate the inter-connectedness of players along the agricultural value chains; for the purpose of promoting investment, job creation and productivity in the agribusiness sector.

The competition is a partnership between USAID-East Africa Trade Hub, Syngenta, Toyota Kenya and Inter Region Economic Network.


Agribusiness incubation lures young farmers



The youth have been urged to make use of incubation centres to learn more on agribusiness.

Henry Bwisa, the chair of African Agribusiness Incubator Network, said young Kenyan farmers should visit incubation centres such as the one in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja to learn efficient methods of crop production.

Speaking during the first African agribusiness incubation conference in Nairobi, Bwisa noted that agribusiness enterprises have been touted as the vehicle to increase jobs and reduce poverty in Africa.

Yami Akinbamijo, the executive director of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, said while 98 per cent of agricultural production in high income countries is processed, Africa only processes 30 per cent and sells the rest in bulk while still raw. “Africa’s food and beverage market can realise the projected $1 trillion (Sh105 trillion) from agriculture by 2030,” he said.

He said due to lack of competitiveness in African agriculture, the continent is only importing agricultural products while exporting jobs.

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