Israel embassy launches vegetable pilot programme in Murang’a county

Israel Deputy Ambassador Eyal David and farmers in Murang’a county on November 3, 2020/ ISRAEL EMBASSY

The Israeli Embassy has donated seedlings in Murang’a county as part of its food security collaboration with Kenya.

Food security is among the key pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.

Israel is partnering companies Plantech Kenya and Amiran Kenya through Mashav Israel and Ahadi Kenya Trust to empower farmers.

Deputy Ambassador Eyal David tweeted, “Great to be back in the field! This time: Launching, on behalf of @IsraelinKenya + @MASHAVisrael , the 1st phase of our #FoodSecurity cooperation in Murang’a County, empowering local farmers! Thanks Ahadi-Kenya for your partnership and Amiran &Plantech for getting on board”.

Mashav is Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation and is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the country’s worldwide development and cooperation programmes in developing countries.

Its programming is based on technical assistance and the transferring of Israeli know-how, technologies, and expertise through consultancies, capacity building and training activities both in Israel and in partner countries.

Under the programme — which is being piloted in Mathioya constituency —, 50 farmers will be given tomatoes, cabbages and kales seedlings and farm inputs.

The vegetables are fast maturing and farmers can harvest them in 55 days. Once the crops are mature, farmers will then be connected to companies that will provide a consistent market.

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