The County Government of Nandi through the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project, NARIGP is set to begin a rigorous sensitization campaign among the residents of Nandi to educate members of public more on the NARIGP programme, especially among the vulnerable members of the society including the youth, women and people living with disabilities (PWDs).
In order to ensure this is achieved, the project took a deliberate action to train talented youths drawn from different parts of the county who will, through their unique talents, mobilize community members to actively participate in the project .
NARIGP is a five year programme seeking to increase agricultural productivity and profitability of targeted rural communities in selected counties in Kenya. Further, the programme is expected to provide immediate and effective response in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency.
While addressing the workshop, Chief Officer in-charge Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei noted that youth have an opportunity and potential to explore, nurture and prosper their talents even as they partake the exercise.
The CO observed that many residents were not familiar with the programme and stated that it was the role of these talented youth to act as ambassadors who will move around the 20 participating wards mobilizing communities about NARIGP.
“Through your input, the programme is set to reach and influence the targeted members of the community who may otherwise not be aware of this noble project,” added Lelei.
Nandi County NARIGP Coordinator Mr. Jared Mutai in his introductory remarks stressed on the need to engage the unemployed youth in Agriculture and also on “understanding the bigger picture” as it involves not only farming but fields which can be diversified into Agribusiness.
Mutai stated that mobilization was still a gap and that the training was timely and important as it will guide the participants who will then be tasked to help in mobilization especially for macro and multi community projects thus bridging the gap.
A total of forty youth successfully underwent the participatory theater training organized by NARIGP in collaboration with the County government at Kaimosi Agricultural Training Center ATC. The workshop was well attended by young talented people among them two special needs people, one who is visually impaired and another who is physically challenged to walk.
According to Ms. Caroline Lagat who is in-charge of NARIGP component three, the group of 40 youth will be very resourceful in sensitizing and mobilizing the community using using their art and talent. She revealed that the use of art and talent has proved to be an ideal tool to influence more youth to take up agribusiness.
Susan Njeri, Head of Participatory Education Theatre at NARIGP appreciated the participants for the utmost cooperation throughout the training. Njeri noted that the project intends to use performing arts to make agriculture cool and attract most of them to embrace agriculture