President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on farmers to embrace mechanization in order to boost agricultural productivity.
The President reassured farmers of the government’s commitment to facilitate farmers in acquiring modern farming equipment to boost food security.
Mechanized agriculture has been identified as one of the ways to attain sustainable growth in the agriculture sector.
President Kenyatta who presided over the official opening of the 64th World Ploughing Contest at Egerton University’s Ngongongeri farm, in Njoro, Nakuru County said agricultural transformation will help in realization of food security in the country.
The President said the government has already waived import taxes on agricultural machinery and equipment in support of farmers to acquire the equipment at affordable rates.
The government aspires to transform agriculture by processing over 50 percent of agro-products and crops locally so as to have a multiplier effect on the sector’s growth.
During the event, contestants demonstrated their ploughing skills on their assigned plots.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett says the contest provides an opportunity for farmers to improve their farming skills in a bid to help increase production and achieve food security.