The Israeli Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Oded Joseph led other stakeholders in signing an agreement establishing the Israel-Kenya Don Bosco Agricultural Innovation and Technology Centre.
Ambassador Oded acknowledged DBTech Africa Network for saving lives of vulnerable young people, by giving them vocational capacities. He also recalled how Don Bosco Institutions have evolved from the original vocational studies in printing and Mechanics, while welcoming the move to embrace Agriculture as among very important trade, saying the Israeli knowledge and expertise will be very meaningful in revolutionizing the sector.
“This initiative will present immense food potential in food sufficiency in Kenya and the region. The goodwill of the partners and the efforts of the farmers will bolster the cooperation that exists between our two nations and boost Kenya’s economic power,” Ambassador Oded affirmed.
On his part, Embu Governor Martin Wambora expressed his optimism that upon the establishment of the centre, youth from the county will be more active as they will engage more in agribusiness.
Speaking on behalf of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr. George Tharaniyil (Executive Director, Don Bosco Tech Africa), said they will ensure the success of the project and that opportunities are created so that young people can easily venture into agribusiness.
“We at Don Bosco are extremely happy with this initiative and assure all the partners of our full collaboration and support. We are sure that this initiative with the collaboration of all will benefit greatly the young and the farming community of Embu and beyond.” He asserted.
The project comes against the backdrop of the Labor Market Survey of the year 2019, conducted by DBTech Africa to gauge the effectiveness of the Don Bosco TVET training in the continent and also to gauge future employment trends and trades boosting economic growth. The study recommended Salesian TVET centres in the region promote Agriculture.
Furthermore, the survey revealed that Agriculture topped the list of trades creating highest employment currently, and it is the primary activity boosting economies.
Fr. George TJ hailed the project, saying it will fulfil the aspirations of the vulnerable young people, while also challenging participants to prioritize agriculture. He said, “Agriculture in the traditional way can be boring for young people. They need something innovative and that which can bring in fast money.”