The Israel government has pledged to work closely with Homa Bay County government to boost agricultural production in the county.
Speaking on Tuesday when he was hosted by the County government executives, the Israeli Ambassador to Kenya, Joseph Oded said they would support agricultural projects in Homa Bay as a way of increasing food production.
Oded said the Israeli government was Capacity Building Kenyan youths who hailed from the county to implement various agricultural projects to enable them to be self- reliant.
The ambassador introduced to the county officials 11 youths who were trained for 11 months in different university and colleges in Israel.
The students were trained under Agricultural programme dubbed Arava International Centre for Agriculture Training (AICAT).
He said a total of 15 students from Homa Bay benefited from the training on various branches of agriculture such as animal husbandry, crop production and aquaculture.
“The youths are expected to come up with agricultural project proposals they want to implement in Homa Bay. Use the technological skills you gained in Israel to make a difference in your county,” Oded told the youths.
The Diplomat noted that working closely with the county would strengthen their ties not only with the State but also at the grassroots.
He urged the students to collaborate with county government to enhance food security.
The County Executive Member for Agriculture, Aguko Juma urged the youths to utilize the technological skills they acquired to create employment for themselves and others and address challenges in agricultural production.
“I will welcome proposals to my department for the projects you want to implement so that we can support you,” Juma told the youths.
The AICAT alumni leader, Moses Ojwang’ thanked the Homa Bay government for committing to support them utilize skills they had acquired in Israel to improve food security in the county.
By Davis Langat