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“Farm Your Future”: Kitui Youth Urged to Combat Unemployment with Agriculture, Ksh 8.3M Disbursed

Kitui Youth Urged to Embrace Agriculture to Combat Unemployment

Thursday, 6th June 2024

KITUI – In a bid to address unemployment and enhance food production in Kitui, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Agriculture and Livestock, Dr. Stephen Mbaya Kimwele, has called on the youth to embrace agriculture.

The appeal was made today during a cheque disbursement ceremony for Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs) affected by the 2019 desert locust invasion. The event took place in Nguni-Kyala Moko village and Ngomeni-Mitamisyi of Mwingi Central and Mwingi North Sub-counties.

Dr. Kimwele emphasized the vast untapped opportunities within the agricultural sector that young people can exploit to improve their livelihoods. He encouraged the formation of groups and cooperatives among the youth, highlighting that teamwork and pooled resources can lead to significant benefits from government and donor programs.

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“Young people should be empowered to venture into agriculture; that way, we will be able to curb unemployment and increase production,” he stated.

The CECM reaffirmed Governor Dr. Julius Malombe’s commitment to empowering youth through training and capacity building in agribusiness. With targeted training on Climate Smart Agriculture, pest and disease control, and harvesting techniques, Dr. Kimwele noted that the county could effectively address youth unemployment and enhance food security.

The cheque disbursement exercise, amounting to Ksh 8.3 million, was also conducted in Kyuso, Mumoni, and Tharaka areas of Mwingi North Sub-county. The event saw the participation of Chief Officer for Livestock and Apiculture Jonathan Kyambi, MCA representatives, senior County Government officers, and local opinion leaders.


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