“Poland and Kenya share a similar story, whereby Poland underwent a major agricultural transition period of mechanisation, optimisation and adapting new technologies to farming sector comprising of can be categorised as typical medium-scale farming,” says Michael Mazurewicz – Head of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) office in Nairobi and organisers of the Polish Pavilion at the upcoming Farm-Tech Expo Kenya in Naivasha from 12-13 September.
He adds: “Poland as a country was once at a fairly similar level where Kenya is now in terms of agriculture. Taking into account Poland’s agricultural innovativeness, competence and experience we would like to share with Kenya our knowledge and practices in order to achieve progressive goals such as agricultural mechanization, providing quality farm inputs and implementing new technologies.”
Thousands of farmers are expected to descend on Naivasha next week for the inaugural Farm-Tech Expo Kenya outdoor farming expo that is taking place at the host partner KALRO’s facilities (Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization – Dairy Research Institute).
Build a platform for investment
Michael explains that the PAIH trade office was recently opened in Nairobi “to build a platform for investment and trade relations between Kenya and Poland. Our work involves linking Polish entrepreneurs and investors with the right partners in Kenya. Through the State Development Bank of Poland we may also facilitate trade finance support if requested.”
“Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa” he adds, “with agriculture being the backbone of the economy and also central to the country’s development strategy. The agricultural sector in Kenya directly influences overall economic performance through its contribution to GDP and a valuable source of income for the majority of Kenyans.”
At the upcoming Farm-Tech Expo Kenya, says the PAIH Nairobi chief, the Polish Pavilion will allow “visitors to not only see products from Polish companies but also get information how the agriculture sector evolved and transformed in Poland. During the expo, five Polish companies, namely Ursus S.A, Pronar Sp z o.o, Intermag Sp z o.o, Draminski S.A and Fenes S.A., will showcase their new products, such as moisture metres, quality and affordable tractors and components like rims and agrochemicals.”
The full interview with PAIH’s Michael Mazurewicz can be read here: http://www.farmtech-expo-kenya.com/PolishPavilion-interview
Farm-Tech Expo Kenya will provide a unique outdoor and interactive buying platform for agriculture professionals of all scales, from live crop trials and machinery demonstrations to practical free-to-attend training workshops.
The high-level opening ceremony on 12 September includes the following guests:
– Dr Joseph Mureithi, Deputy Director General: Livestock, KALRO, Kenya
– Prof. Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University, Kenya
– Dr John Mutunga, Member of Parliament & Agricultural Committee, Kenya
– Lee Kinyanjui, Governor, Nakuru County, Kenya
– Prof. Hamadi Boga, Principal Secretary – Agriculture Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Kenya
– Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Kenya
Free-to-attend AgriTEACH training workshops
The AgriTEACH technical workshops on 12-13 September are presented by industry experts and focus on modernising small-scale farmers. These workshops provide access to market information and innovations from the latest financial loan models to new agri solutions.
Farm-Tech Expo Kenya enjoys the strategic support of important local and regional industry organisations such as the East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA), Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), Farm Concern International, Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF), Kenya Flower Council and Town and County Planners Association of Kenya.
Multi-award winning event organisers
Farm-Tech Expo Kenya is organised by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include Agritech Expo Zambia, African Utility Week, Future Energy East Africa, Future Energy Nigeria, Kenya Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week and DRC Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.
Farm-Tech Expo Kenya 2018:
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 | 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday, 13 September 2018 | 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Naivasha, Kenya