Agriculture CS to open LARASE Conference in Busia

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong addressing farmers outside the county offices
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong addressing farmers outside the county offices

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett will open the Lake Region Agribusiness Summit and Expo (LARASE) at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre today.

Busia County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal Resources Moses Osia said Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong will lead a host of other Governors at the two-day conference.

Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga who is the chairman of Western Kenya Governors’ Caucus will give his brief address on the opening day.

Executive Secretary, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Dr Ally Matano will make a presentation on unlocking the Agribusiness Investment Opportunities in the Lake Region.

Other presentations will be ‘Presentation of the National Agriculture Policy with a focus in rural income stimulation through investments in Agribusiness, potential for cotton and textile industries in the Lake Basin.’

Osia said farmers from counties bordering Lake Victoria will come to exhibit and showcase different successful investments.

“We expect 40 exhibitors among them G.North and Suns, Agricultural Finance Corporation A and Agriculture Food Authority, Busia Agro Dealers, USAID/KAVES, Palweco and Agriculture and Industrialization Ministries,” he said.

The event was to start on Monday with field visits by farmers but the program was rescheduled until after the Conference on Wednesday.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa who met the farmers outside the County Government offices assured them that the event will go on as planned.