Nakuru annual ASK show opens
Published on: July 05, 2016 12:00 (EAT)
The Nakuru National Agricultural Society of Kenya – ASK show opens its doors to the public Tuesday. The five day event has so far attracted more than 200 exhibitors in various categories compared to 145 last year. In 2015, the show attracted 136,000 visitors according to statistics availed by the management. There are also several exhibitors taking part in the show for the first time among them the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority. The Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization (KALRO) will also be taking part in the show under its new name from what used to be the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). Several agriculture based parastatals were merged with KARI to form KARLO. KARLO will be exhibiting among others hygrade dairy cows, and goats crops with resistance to various diseases and drought as well as interbred kienyeji chicken. This year’s theme is ‘Enhancing technology in agriculture and industry for food security and national growth.’ The Nakuru show was started in 1920 as the third branch of the then Agricultural and Horticultural Society of Kenya (A&HSK). Its proximity to Egerton University makes it a premier national agricultural show. It is also the headquarters of the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization (KLBO).