118 Students Flagged Off to Israel for Advanced Training in Agriculture.
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Wed, 2018-07-25 15:51

Flagging off students to Israel

It was a celebration for the 118 Students who will be going to the Holy Land for 11 months advanced practical training in agriculture.  The flagging off ceremony took place at Kilimo House, Upper Hill.

The advanced training in agriculture comes at the backdrop of a five year MoU (dubbed as Jerusalem Declaration) that was signed by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu on 23rd February 2016 on capacity building on irrigation and mechanized farming in Jerusalem, during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Israel.

Dr. Andrew Tuimur , Chief Admin Secretary - Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation , outlined the many cooperations between Kenya and Israel and the benefits that have been accrued due to the continued collaborations between the two countries. He pointed that Arava International Center for Agriculture is good for training.  The recruited students will be trained at Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training (AICAT) for 11 months practical training on agriculture in Negev Desert on “Learning by Doing” after which they will graduate with Diploma in agriculture from Israel.

Speaking during the flagging off ceremony, Prof. Stephen Kiama, the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, noted that the students were bound to benefit greatly as they will be exposed to different farming practices. “Israel is a desert and they have managed to convert the desert to a land flowing with milk and honey”, he said. Prof. Kiama represented the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi during the event.

Israel Ambassador to Kenya, Amb. Noah Gal Gendler however urged students to be ready to learn fast and bring back the technology back home to help the country achieve its development goals and the Big Four Agenda of food security. “Size doesn’t matter. Traditions don’t count. If you see something better, don’t discard it. Shortages gives you an opportunity for success. Agriculture pays off if you do it well,” he said. He observed that Israel has since embraced innovation ecosystem and is known as a startup nation, as opposed to advancement in agricultural technology.

The first cohort of 120 students were drawn from Kenya Water Institute (KEWI), National Irrigation Board (NIB), Jomo Kenyatta, Egerton and Karen Institute of Agriculture and were flagged off on July 5, 2016 at State House Nairobi by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited Kenya.

 

In 2017, the second cohort of 120 students drawn from the above institutions, including the first University of Nairobi cohort of 10 students, was flagged off on July 27, 2017 at Maji House by Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary of Water and Irrigation and H.E. Amb. Yahel Vilan, Israel’s Ambassador to Kenya.

 

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