The 2019 Agricultural Society of Kenya Eastern branch has kicked off in Embu and is set to run until Sunday 16th March at the Njukiri showground.
The Show brings together exhibitors, show goers and farmers from within Embu County and neighboring counties of Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi and upper parts of Kitui county as they converge to interact and exchange ideas on current business practices, career advice and financial information.
According to the organizers, over 80 exhibitors, government corporations and agencies are expected to grace this year’s event.
ASK Eastern Region Chairman John Mukundi called on Kenyans to turn up in numbers and learn new technologies and innovations in the market in line with this year’s theme; Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade.
According to Mukundi, the show will cater for every category of Kenyans with farmers’ day on Thursday 14th March followed by the official opening ceremony on Friday and family day set for Saturday.
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Embu Regional Officer Ephraim Wachira called on locals to attend the show adding that it offered a unique platform for the residents to learn and promote food security and nutrition.
According to Wachira, KEPHIS will engage farmers in key areas including the process of crop variety release, the seed sticker label that helps farmers identify certified seed, suitable crop varieties, export market compliance and how to grow and practice good agricultural practices of avocado and the Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato.
The Eastern Kenya (Embu) show was established in 1968 at the Embu Stadium. In 1995, the show was relocated from the town centre to Njukiri showground located approximately 6 kms from Embu town.