[9th April 2014]

AMBASSADOR CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL STUDY TOUR OF CHIBA

H.E. the Ambassador with Mr. Yamamoto (far right standing), the president of Maruyama Koumuten Co., Ltd., and members of Maruyama.

The Embassy is committed to continuing efforts to promote bilateral collaborations in the Agriculture sector. In this regard, H.E. Amb. Benson H.O. Ogutu made an official tour of Chiba prefecture on Tuesday 1st April 2014. The purpose of the visit was to promote mutually beneficial business partnerships between Japanese farmers and their Kenyan counterparts to exploit the huge opportunities in Kenya's agricultural sector. In this regard, His Excellency the Ambassador visited small scale local farms specializing in hi-tech agricultural ventures including Hydroponic culture. Ambassador Ogutu was also very impressed by farms in which long-term research and experiment has led to tremendous business success by minimizing unnecessary costs without compromising the quality of production. H.E. the Ambassador was particularly surprised that some leaf vegetables could be harvested within a rapid cycle of only ten days without any use of agrochemicals. Consequently, the harvested vegetables have a very high demand from restaurants in neighboring Tokyo.

The chicken farm has by painstaking research and experience achieved tremendous successful to produce a brand of eggs that is greatly beneficial to good health, especially in the area of eyesight. His Excellency the Ambassador advised that these small scale Hydroponic-culture farms and chicken projects are appropriate for Kenya due to the optimal weather conditions. If introduced in rural areas, there is high likelihood that they can create good business opportunities for farmers as well as well as contribute to improved dietary conditions for children.

At the end of the tour, H.E. the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to Maruyama Koumuten which undertakes large-scale projects including solar power generation and diaphragm-wall projects. They explained that they were involved during the construction of the Tokyo Sky Tree and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station. The management also said that they have the capacity to create diaphragm walls for oil tanks and have already installed such facilities in Angola. The Ambassador took special interest in this expertise and observed that it holds the highest potential to be deployed in the on-going Port Development projects in Mombasa and Lamu Ports. He also encouraged them to initiate enquiries on the oil pipeline projects and the railway facilities linking Kenya with Ethiopia and South Sudan.

from left H.E. the Ambassador Ogutu, Mr. Ueno, Mr. Ogura

H.E. the Ambassador with Mr. Taizo Yamamto, the president of Maruyama Koumuten Co., Ltd.

H.E. the Ambassador tasting the freshly harvested vegetable

Hydroponic culture, Three F co., Ltd.

poultry house at Kaishin, the chicken farm

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