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Monday, 24 June 2013

Machakos Show set for growth

ASK South Eastern Show sets 
eyes on 100 exhibitors this year

By Anchor Reporter

Machakos County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has assumed a new role as the County Patron for the Agricultural Society of Kenya -South Eastern Branch.ASK officials led by the Society’s National Deputy Chairman Mr. Joseph Gacagwa and Life Governor Mr Mathew Kioko who also is the National Chairman of the Kenya Farmer Editorial Board delivered and investiture notice to Dr Mutua .

The move is in line with the Society’s constitution for the position of County Patron to be held by the Governor of the County where the ASK Branch is located.
Accepting his new role, Dr. Mutua said, “I’m very glad that at this time with the devolved structure that we can work together to enhance the agricultural shows.’’
As the patron, the governor will play host to the President of the Republic who is the Patron of the Society, host to other invited guests at the official opening of the show, officiate as guest of honor at the official opening ceremony of the Show if the patron is not in attendance or at any official function at the society within the county.
The governor says the standards of ASK Machakos show need to be up scaled to the highest possible level. “We want the other ASK branches to be sending people to Machakos to see what is happening.” The governor said.
The move was in the spirit of recognizing the importance of devolution. “We would like to transfer some of the roles and mandate from the President who has been the national patron to the Governors.” Mr. Gacagwa said.
ASK is a non-profit making organization, whose core business is staging agricultural exhibitions and trade fairs.
The society currently stages 15 shows in show grounds located in various counties.
The first South Eastern Kenya Branch show under the new constitutional dispensation is scheduled for June 27 to June 29 2013, and the theme of the show is “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth.
Over 100 exhibitors are expected at this year’s show, up from 74 who participated last year. Already 86 have confirmed to participate. There already are 16 new exhibitors who include Annex Green Houses, Sun Culture and Choices Energy, according to ASK Branch Treasurer Damaris Reuben.
Peter Mulei Chain of supermarkets lead local exhibitors who also include Universal Traders Sacco Other local institutions include South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU), Machakos University College(MUC), St Paul’s University and Scott Christian University. MUC is billed to be a key attraction due to its budding image as center for innovation.
Other participants will be Bishop Kioko Hospital, The Aga Khan Hospital and Shalom Hospital, while Equity Bank will lead the banking institutions at the show.
Residents, especially adults are called upon to attend the show to enhance their business contacts and gain knowledge.

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