Next Generation Farmers

Matuu HGM Memorial Girls Secondary School receive Certificate from Amiran Kenya MD Pinhas Moskovich upon successful pilot that seeks to make farming cool

March 14th 2011,

In an effort to make farming cool, Amiran Kenya  has decided to help young people especially girls to start and view farming as a business capable of generating good return.

In order to achieve this, Amiran Kenya has come up with an advertising campaign targeting youth, the campaign is also on facebook, a social networking website with a message that farming is cool and there is money to be made if one keep focus through a farmers kit.

Speaking Friday, March 11, 2011 during launch of Amiran Kenya Next Generation Farmers initiative at Matuu HGM Memorial Secondary School in Yatta Constituency, Amiran Managing Director Pinhas Moskovich said the average age of a Kenyan farmer is above 55 years  while that of Amiran Farmer is 35 years old.

Through, Amiran Farmers Kit which contains a green house measuring 8m by 15 m, drip irrigation system, collapsible water tank, knap sprayer and seeds, the government hopes to tap thousands of young people and encourage them to take up agribuisness as a preffered mode of income generation.

In Kenya, Youth unemployment is of critical developmental concern to the Government  which has repeatedly laid out strategies and initiatives to cushion youth against unemployment and the inevitable frustration that goes with it.

It is estimated that 64% of unemployed persons in Kenya are youth and due to inadequate employment and livelihood opportunities in rural areas the tendency is that disillusioned youth migrate to urban centers to look for such opportunities.
During the last year following the success of the pilot phase of the Yatta CDF AFK for Secondary Schools
Project, initiated by Yatta MP, Charles Kilonzo, AFK’s were placed, courtesy of several CDFs,
the Kenya Red Cross Society, World Vision Kenya and other NGOs and individual donors in over 250 primary and secondary schools in Kenya.
In a recent move to emulate the success stories in these schools and to scale up the effort, the Government through the Ministry of Youth Affairs, working with Amiran has implemented the AFK in 100 Polytechnics across the country.

Charles Kilonzo, MP for Yatta and Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya inside Matuu HGM Sec Sch Green House contructed with the help of Amiran Kenya

Charles Kilonzo, MP for Yatta and Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya inside Matuu HGM Sec Sch Green House contructed with the help of Amiran Kenya

The Amiran Farmer’s Kits in these schools not only serves to strengthen the food security in schools but also to enrich the diet of the students besides providing a practical classroom, where the study of greenhouse farming, drip irrigation, proper
seed selection, modern fertigation techniques and an agribusiness approach that ends when the farmer
has money in their pocket, has become part of the Agribusiness Curriculum in the school.

Additionally, since schools serve as community centers, informative field days are held for the communities at large educating the parents of the students on the business opportunities available through the Amiran Farmer’s Kit model.

Story and Pictures By Women eNews Kenya Reporter

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