Nakuru is among four counties selected to pilot the smart farming job creation program implemented in collaboration with the Israel Embassy to Kenya and Family Bank Foundation.
The program targets alumni of Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation ( MASHAV) program who have undergone agri-training for 11 months in Israel.
The program seeks to not only provide gainful employment but also allow the alumni to train other youth on best agricultural practices and technology.
The County, through Egerton University, has over 30 students who have been beneficiaries of the MASHAV program. The County says it has been able to benefit largely from the influence of the agricultural institution through various collaborative innovations and expertise.
The Embassy’s Development Attache- Mashav representative Agronomist, Mr Eytan Hatzor, said the project will allow every alumni to implement their knowledge from Israel to form sustainable and profitable agribusiness ventures.
He was speaking during an exploratory visit to the Nakuru County Agricultural Training Centre while assessing the area’s potential for the
Nakuru CEC for Agriculture Dr Immaculate Maina said that the County will provide additional expertise through County experts and the successful implementation of the first cohort will provide the base of scalability for youths across Nakuru County.
The three-year program is expected to commence later in the year in all four counties including Kiambu, Meru, and Kajiado.