The second AgritechTalks organised by Smart Farmer Africa, publishers of the Smart Farmer magazine in partnership with Nakuru County took off smoothly yesterday.
The Opening ceremony was officiated the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) Country Representative, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema who said that technology is as the enabler that will turn the youths into effective farmers in the 21st century.
“Youthful farmers should practice agriculture in a different way to what their Parents and older ones who were used to Traditional ways of farming that were not precise practised,” he said during the first panel discussion.
Other panelists comprised of Ms Bernadette Murgor-CEO Smart Farmer Africa, William Matumbi -CEO of Buji Drones, Irene Kimathi- ICT Specialist -KALRO. The discussion centered on the opportunities the digital agriculture presented to the youth carrying out agriculture.
Through the theme is Promoting digital technologies, agribusiness and mechanization among the youth, AgritechTalks aim to educate, inspire, connect and engage farmers and specifically youths, by bringing to them technologies and innovations that can change the way agriculture is carried out. It hopes to encourage them to embrace agriculture, which is often shunned.
The second panel discussion centered around educating the youth on finding markets for their produce. The potential to improve the Market through linkages provided for by various mobile applications was discussed with innovators getting a chance to exhibit their solutions in between sessions. During the discussion, Dr. Rugalema said that FAO is striving to help farmers have linkages to the Markets and the financial institutions.
The panelists cited through the use of technology the farmers are able to address the post harvest losses that are witnessed in the farming Value Chain. It was further highlighted that the Private sector which includes Farmers should be at the frontline of address challenges in the Agriculture sector.
Exhibitors and innovators , were also present at the event, and showcased their products and services to visitors who visited their stands.
The AgritechTalks , a two day event that is ongoing today, is open to the general public.