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The Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show is a major event both in the Central Rift region and nationally. This year’s event took place between 4th and 10th July 2016. The theme; “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry Food Security and National Growth”, anchored well with the region’s hallmark. The Central Rift region significantly contributes to the agricultural and industrial sectors of the economy. The region is known for the production of many agricultural products, including cereals -- mainly wheat and maize -- legumes and horticultural products, mainly flowers and vegetables
KIPPRA staff represented the institute to showcase its products and interact with the public and other stakeholders at the show. Like other exhibitors, the KIPPRA team arrived a day before the opening to prepare publications and other publicity materials in readiness for the following days.
Unlike the previous year, the Ministry of Devolution and Planning stand was smaller. This was occasioned by the creation of the new Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender, meaning a number of departments that were previously under the Ministry of Devolution and Planning were now under the new ministry. These include: Uwezo Fund, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, the Women’s Enterprise Fund, the National Youth Service, Kenya School of Government and the Anti-FGM Board.
The final touches of the décor and set up were done on Monday morning and by the time the ASK show judges went round to assess the exhibitors’ preparedness, the ministry’s stand was beautiful and inviting. KIPPRA’s presence at the show was of major significance to the entire ministry’s stand. The institute was allocated two central stands, which stood out with its unique décor and beautiful arrangement of publications and publicity materials, greatly improving the ministry’s overall profile to the public.
Many of the visitors who turned up on the first day were pupils and students who were accompanied by either their teachers or parents. The students were very fascinated by the many publications KIPPRA displayed. They sought to know what subjects they were required to excel in for them to engage in economics and public policy research. KIPPRA staff were glad to offer detailed explanations about the institute and even went further to motivate them to work hard in their studies.
University students from nearby universities like Moi University and Egerton University as well as the teaching staff visited the KIPPRA stand in large numbers. Many expressed their interest to work with KIPPRA and were happy that the institute was present at the show to sensitize the public on public policy. They were encouraged to register on the KIPPRA website to enable them access all the publications they wanted.
Many of KIPPRA’s publications in education, infrastructure development, trade, agriculture and tourism were popular picks at the show. Many visitors, however, requested that KIPPRA to does more research in livestock production, agricultural exports and youth empowerment among other areas affecting the economy. Other visitors also requested KIPPRA to work with counties to come up with policies that will promote development.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Willy Bett, officially opened the show. Prominent personalities who visited KIPPRA’s stand included the Nakuru Country Governor Mr. Kinuthia Mbugua, CBS, who was excited to see the kind of research KIPPRA carries out. The Economic Planning Secretary at the Ministry of Devolution and Planning Mr Joseph Mukui spent some considerable time with his team at the stand, sharing his experience with KIPPRA.
The public commended the institute for their research outputs but were emphatic about KIPPRA’s need to decentralize to all the counties for equal representation of policy issues.
Throughout the show period, 3,155 publications were disseminated to the public. The universities and research institutions were given the publications in bulk to take to their respective information hubs.