The Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) is holding its first Congress and Exhibition at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi. The event, which started today, ends tomorrow 14th November 2012 and its theme is “Delivering Agricultural Innovation for Growth.”
Participants in the Congress Pose for a Photo. Front Row from 7th Right to Left : H.E Gil Haskel - Ambassador of Israel, Dr. Songa - Agriculture Secretary, Hon. J. Mututho - Chair of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture
The congress involves the seed industry, the ministry of agriculture and the various institutions, scientists, universities, agrochemical industry, processors, machinery suppliers from Kenya and the region, amongst other. The congress is also joined by international development partners, research institutions and the international and regional seed associations.
H.E Gil Haskel checks out a product from one of the exhibiter at the Congress.
The Ambassador of Israel, H.E Gil Haskel, was among the invited to speak along the Main Guest Hon. Sally Kosgei EGH, Minister for Agriculture, who was represented by Dr. W. Songa, the Agriculture Secretary.
In his address, H. E Gil Haskel said that Israel is a leading force in innovation worldwide because of strongly investing in R&D, nearly 5% of GDP which is one of the highest in the world. Such investment and close cooperation between scientists, farmers, and agriculture-related industries, has made Israel a leader in cutting edge agricultural advancements used locally and around the world.
He further stated that Israel was ready to form partnerships for innovation and developing new and effective methods of Agriculture and technologies that can help Kenya become food secure.
In conclusion, the Ambassador said that Israeli innovations are at Kenya’s disposal and they need to take advantage of it.