The youth enterprise development fund (YEDF) and Amiran Kenya Limited have partnered to support young farmers in the country.
The fund’s chairperson James Gitau said that the under the same arrangement, the enterprise has developed and established a new loan product AgriVijana Loan, that will provide the youth across the country to buy a complete farmers kit from Amiran Kenya.
“The kit comes complete with two greenhouses, seeds, pesticides, irrigation system and training. We expect to involve over 5000 youth, creating instant jobs for them and improve food security in the country in the long run,” Gitau said.
Gitau said that the loan will have a four month grace period and repayment will be structured to correspond to the seasons for example repayments will be higher during high yielding seasons and lower during low yielding seasons.
He added that the fund will also provide further support for the youth who will purchase these greenhouses including entrepreneurship training and linkage markets. He outlined that each constituency in the country will get two greenhouses each that will cost an equivalent of 175 thousand shillings. He called on the youth to embrace the opportunity as it will boost them financially.
Amiran Kenya managing director Pinhas Moskovich also called on the youths to take part in the process adding that the country is rich in agriculture but with people who have little interest in embracing agriculture. He said that Amiran will always be ready to work towards ensuring that the country is food secure through agriculture.