The Western Kenya Agricultural Show – Kakamega Chapter has resumed following a two years hiatus due to the effects of Covid-19.

Deputy Governor H.E Ayub Savula on Thursday presided over the opening ceremony of this year’s show where he also delivered H.E FCPA Governor Fernandes Barasa speech that lauded the County’s Agricultural sector for adapting to changing times.

Governor Fernandes Barasa reiterated the need to hold a sugar conference for the Western Kenya region to deliberate on protection of sugarcane farmers and ensure to that the processing and trading policies benefit farmers and not middlemen.

On his part, the Deputy Governor highlighted the need to embrace science and technology to improve food security in line with Governor Barasa’s food security agenda urging for new strategies and more involvement of youth in the sector

The DG explained that the Show focuses on the possibilities of pushing the frontiers of agricultural production by adopting technologies that produce varieties of climate resilient crops.

ASK Western Branch Chairperson Dr Purity Anyanje noted that the annual event has grown over the years with both the large and small scale traders highly benefitting from the new networking and marketing strategies technologies

CECM for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Mr Benjamin Andama said Agriculture is a key pillar in realisation of the County’s agenda on food security and wealth creation

The Show, last held in the year 2020 at the same venue has attracted over 60 exhibitors from various sectors and is themed “Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Growth”.