Nakuru, Kenya ready for the ASK show
The directory Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Fair in Nakuru County is due to resume in two weeks after a two-year lull due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is after the Department of Health approved the terms, including the protocols that will guide the staging of the show. ASK Nakuru branch council member Margaret Anami said the exhibition will be held at its traditional venue at the exhibition ground near the Level 5 Teaching and Referral Hospital.
To enhance security ahead of the show, which runs from June 29 to July 3, management has committed to installing CCTV cameras at the main entrance and around the venue.
This comes as ASK begins a partial revival of agricultural events that are popular with farmers, students, children and other participants across the country. ASK has so far hosted the exhibition in Eldoret in Uasin Gishu and Meru counties.
“We have been absent from exhibitions for the past two years because of Covid-19. We expect more attendees at the Nakuru show,” she said.
Over the past two years, the venue has hosted alternative activities to trade shows and fairs such as Farmer Field Days. Anami said that as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus, exhibitors will be required to adopt open space displays, adding that ASK will help them set up structures that do not promote crowding in line with global standards. of exposure.
Ms Anami said that during the event, ASK will adopt cashless payments to minimize physical interactions where adults will pay 250 shillings while children will part with 200 shillings. 160 exhibitors are expected to present their innovations, technologies, products and services to the public. The company says exhibitors and visitors will now need to register on its online portal.
“The company would like to emphasize that no physical cash transactions will be accepted at the entrance to the fairgrounds,” the board member added.
According to Ms. Anami, the fair with the theme “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade” is expected to attract up to 500,000 visitors, including farmers, students, general public and entrepreneurs.
“Although the Covid-19 pandemic has hit most businesses hard, we are happy to have both local and regional exhibitors from Tanzania and Uganda. We urge farmers to show up in large numbers. We are happy to have been given the green light to host the show this year,” she added.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya is expected to grace the trade fair on Friday July 1, while Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui will chair the event as county patron on Saturday July 2. Mr. Kinyanjui said it was necessary to adopt modern technologies. and innovations in agriculture and trade, as evidenced by the theme of the event.
“We call on farmers and entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas to participate in this premier event which provides a favorable platform for showcasing technologies and innovations and enhances food security as stipulated in the four-day program. greats of government,” the governor noted.
The sectors that attracted the majority of exhibitors are agriculture, livestock, fisheries, horticulture, seed companies, trade, finance, transport, industry, universities and educational institutions superior. Others will present their innovations in the automotive industry, textiles, the public sector, hospitality, research, health and insurance, among others.