Embu County Commissioner Eddyson Nyale has advised the youth adopt new technologies in farming offered by Rainforest Alliance, an International non-governmental organisation.
Speaking on Thursday during a training workshop held by Rainforest Alliance in Embu, where the organisation trained 150 youths in Embu on new farming technologies, Nyale said that the initiative will help the youth create jobs.
The County Commissioner said that the initiative by the International non-governmental organisation is a timely project coming in the wake of climate change and variability because it focuses on improving farmers’ earnings.
He said that by the youths being the first adopters of farming technology will help improve security not only in Mbeere South but also in the entire Embu county.
He further said that the initiative will help boost food security not only at family level but also in the Embu.
He at the same time encouraged the youth to make use of Government Officials from Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo Fund and SMEs leaders who had attended the training to guide them how they can access funds to venture in the new farming technologies that they were being trained in.
Susan Kinyua working for Rainforest Alliance under the Mount Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods Programme said that the initiative is meant to expose the youth to technologies that can be turned into viable business enterprises and enterprise development for those who don’t have any economic activity they are carrying out and livelihoods diversification for those who already have economic engagement.
Kinyua added that the technology is easy to replicate because it is cost effective to set up and doesn’t require much space for the youth to implement and is less labor intensive.
Martin Kimathi, a youth and a beneficiary of the project from Kangaru Embu, said that he has benefitted from the organization’s many training sessions which has enabled him to set up his cricket farm in Kangaru.
While encouraging his fellow youth from Embu to embrace the initiative, Kimathi said that he has been able to access the market through the help of Rainforest Alliance.
Kinyua said that they are implementing the project in partnership with a number of stakeholders both from government and the private sector to help boost the uptake and absorption of the new trend and also help link farmers with markets for their produce.