|Wednesday July 4, 2012||E-News Service|
Amiran Kenya Limited on Tuesday hosted an assessment day of 35, third year agricultural students from Egerton, and beneficiary of Amiran Mentorship Programme
The day meant to identify the students who after the 3 month programme are ‘work ready’ and able to translate all they learnt in classrooms and lecture halls to success in the real workplace. In its continued efforts to empower the small and medium scale farmers in Kenya and East Africa based on its approach of bringing knowledge, know-how and modern agro-technology to farmers, Amiran has sought to mentor young men and women in Universities to take up the role and bring young new blood into the agricultural industry and be an example to other youth that farming can be ‘cool’.
“Our intension is to seek transformation and transition in our learning institution curriculum starting from primary up to higher learning level. We need every institution to embrace bio-technology from the private sectors. We want to prepare young stars from primary level so that when they grow up they can be able to save the world in food security.” Gilad Millo, Amiran’s business developer officer and public relations
During the 3 month duration students were expected to turn theory into practicality in the various farms that they were allocated to. Farm Africa, Jubilee Christian Church, Red Cross, FHF Meru, North Eastern Avas Farm, Commesa Mumias and Kitale, Green Face, Heart Undani, Mada Island, Happy House Wetam, Ngwango and Plant International, all close clients of Amiran were privileged to have the university students work with and for them during the programme that was closely watched by Amiran Agronomists.
Amiran’s approach with the students allows their agronomists to train the students while sharing their own experience on how to handle situations, transform key concepts of what is learnt into a message that inspires and empowers the students to believe in themselves showing them they may be part of curbing food insecurity in Kenya and the region as a whole.
Students during the assessment were to give a brief summary of the challenges faced and what they learnt and plan to share with their peers. Lecturers from the university will grade students depending on the Agronomists report on each student.
The programme that has run for 3 months is another in a line of youth oriented initiatives, which Amiran has lead aimed at changing negative perceptions among youth towards agribusiness. In the last 2 years Amiran has been awarded with the MDG Award for Youth Empowerment for its collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports creating a new agribusiness curriculum in over 300 youth polytechnics based on the award winning Amiran Farmers Kit (AFK).
Additionally, the ‘Amiran Next Generation Farmers Initiative’ in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Society, has seen over 1000 schools equipped with the modern agribusiness unit, and Amiran’s ‘Farming is Cool’ campaign registered huge support among youth throughout the country.