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Young people in Kenya told to take up farming

By Philip Mwakio | Published Tue, November 22nd 2016 at 00:00, Updated November 21st 2016 at 23:14 GMT +3
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett

Young people have been encouraged to take up farming to improve their lives and enhance food security in the country.

Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett yesterday lamented that the average farmer in Kenya today is 60 years old against a life expectancy of 63 years.

"This in essence means our farmers only have three years left to produce food, which risks the future of food security," Bett said.

Bett, while speaking in Mombasa yesterday, said his ministry will soon roll out a programme that will see more young people engaged in farming.

The latest census shows out of a population of about 42 million, youths and children account for 78 per cent. Those between the age of 15-35 years account for 35 per cent of the population.

Bett noted the youth have potential, which if well harnessed in food production and income-generating activities, would solve the challenges the country is facing. 

The CS spoke during the opening of the 2nd Inter-Governmental Forum on Agriculture at the Sarova Whitesands. The forum was opened by Council of Governors chairman Peter Munya.

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