Business Companies and farmers feature at the Kakamega Agricultural show.
Written by Timothy Makokha, Carey Mulindi, Eve Kimaiyo
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The Kenya Seed Company has urged farmers to take seriously farming as a business to boost their livelihood and enable them earn income.
Speaking on behalf of the company, the head of corporate communications, Mr. S.K. Chepsiror insisted on the importance of agricultural shows to farmers and business people as it is an avenue to learn new farming practices and know of the new farming methods apart from witnessing the new and improved seeds that are exhibited in gardens.
He also urged farmers to mainly venture into traditional foods which are not only drought resistant but also resistant to diseases and these will help them cut off the cost of purchasing pesticides for their crops.
Also in the event were the Kenya prisons that were showcasing an array of products ranging from furniture to household equipment which are made by the prisoners as away to equip them with relevant skills in readiness to serve the society upon completion of the jail sentence.
Other companies present were the mastermind tobacco who said they are optimistic of the future despite the fact that the government's new policy on alcohol and cigarette manufacturing companies to stop promotional campaigns on their products.
Speaking to west fm at the agricultural show an officer from the company who sought anonymity said that they are very optimistic for the future of their products without depending on any promotional campaigns.
When asked whether their income has come down since the implementation of the policy, the officer was reluctant to comment although she noted a low purchasing power from consumers but they are now experiencing a steady rise.
Speaking about side effects of tobacco the officer said they are yet to receive any complain from their customers who have developed complications after usage of tobacco and attributed some of the suggested effects tobacco use to the change of lifestyle of today.
The event was launched yesterday and is expect to come to a close tomorrow evening with high attendance from public and private schools, farmers, managers and government officials in the region.