BY CORRESPONDENT/PSCU,NAKURU,1ST DEC 2017– President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday rooted for use of machines in farming saying that it was the only way farmers could increase their yields .Speaking during the 64th World Ploughing contest at Ngongongeri farm at Egerton University in Nakuru County the president promised that the government will pay special attention to mechanisation in agriculture so as to help local farmers increase food production.
He confessed that he was seeing the latest state-of-the-art ploughing machines for the first time.
“I am seeing some of these highly advanced ploughing machines for the first and my government will prioritise the acquisition of such machines to help local farmers increase food production,” the President said.
The head of thanked the World Ploughing Organisation (WPO) for choosing Kenya to host the 2017 event.
He urged the visitors and other dignitaries attending the event to sample the Kenya’s tourist attraction sites before they leave.
“Kenya is a wonderful country and some of the best people in the world are found in this part of the world,” the President said.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said local farmers will benefit from the global competition as they will learn skills that will help them improve commercial farming.
“I urge local farmers to attend such competitions as the new technology the visitors are applying could be useful [in boosting] food production in future,” said Mr Bett.
This year’s contest has attracted a total of 22 countries which include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England and Estonia.
Other participating countries include Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, New Zealand, North Ireland, Slovenia, Switzerland, USA, Wales and host Kenya.