Kenya gets prestigious award for outstanding farming

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Dr. Andrew Tuimur today hailed the technical assistance which Kenya has enjoyed from the Japan since her independence in 1963.

He said through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan has championed many projects in the country with tangible impact in the areas of Agriculture, Health, Environmental conservation and Research.

He was speaking at the Ministry’s headquarters in Kilimo House when he received the prestigious JICA President Award on behalf of the Ministry’s Japan-funded Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment & Promotion Project for Local and Up-scaling (SHEP-UP) Project.

The annual award is presented to outstanding JICA-funded projects with tangible impact on their beneficiaries. SHEP-UP project has had notable impact in Kenya, which has led to the country being a preferred training Centre on the project operations for 23 African countries.

“Since its inception in Kenya in 2010, the project has had positive impact transforming the lives of smallholder horticulture farmers in Kenya and increasing their profits by 80 per cent” JICA’S Chief Representative in Kenya Ms Keiko Sano said while presenting the award.