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Nyeri to form county agricultural youth fund

03 February 2014, 20:02 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The county government of Nyeri is in the process of establishing a fund for the area youths who are interested in investing in the agricultural sector.

The county executive member of agriculture, Shadrack Mubea has said loans will be offered at low interest fee so that it can be accessible to all youths.

He said agriculture is the main economic stake in the region and therefore the government has geared plans of mobilizing the youth to embrace the industry.

The project,Mubea said,is under the poverty eradication efforts aiming to create more job opportunities in the region.

He urged youth to look and explore employment opportunities in the agriculture sector stating that currently farming is a lucrative business with better returns.

Speaking at Ibis hotel Friday during a business youth forum organized by TechnoServe Stryde organization, Mubea advised the young people to not only seek white collar jobs but also explore ways and means of investing in agriculture.

“An apple tree is costing about KES 1,000 while its fruit is KES 40 if you start farming apples you will make a lot of money,” he said.

Mubea also announced that soon registration of quail farmers in the region will start so that the farmers can access government assistance and intervention.

He stated that the county government is interested in all kinds of farming activities and is eager to identify the challenges facing the sector.

“We want to bring quail farmers together and urge them to form a viable group to be in charge of marketing their products in and out of the country. There is an instance where two neighbours are keeping the wild birds and they do not know each other,” said the secretary.

He added that after identifying them, the county government will begin offering veterinary services as a way of intervention to help and support them.

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