BUSIA: Teso North’s agricultural landscape is set to transform with the inauguration of the Achiye Echakara National Youth Service (NYS) Technical Training Institute, aimed at propelling the country toward its 2025 food security goal.
According to Kenya News Agency, the launch of the administration block and learning center of the institute marks a significant stride in modernizing agricultural practices among the youth. The event was captured by a photograph of NYS Deputy Director General Jamlick Chabari planting a tree, symbolizing the growth and development the institute is expected to nurture.
Dr. Kaunya highlighted the agricultural sector’s role as a major employer in Kenya, despite recent productivity stagnation and lack of youth engagement. By equipping the youth with contemporary farming skills, the institute aims to address unemployment and drive community economic empowerment. The importance of practical skills for the 21st century was also emphasized by Teso North Deputy County Commissioner Stephen Wambura, who called on the local community to take advantage of educational institutions like the NYS.
NYS Deputy Director General Chabari, speaking for CS Moses Kuria, encouraged the Teso community’s support for the institute and announced an unprecedented commitment: 25% of the initial technical skills training opportunities would be reserved for Busia’s youth. Yusuf Mbuno, CEO of Teso North National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) projects, lauded the initiative, noting that the CDF had allocated significant funds for its establishment, including the acquisition of land and construction of essential facilities.
The newly launched Achiye Echakara NYS institute, which represents a NG-CDF investment of 31 million Kenyan shillings, is poised to start training its first recruits in January 2024, offering courses in agriculture, technical skills, and hospitality. Bishop John Okude of ACK Katakwa Diocese underscored the opportunity presented to local residents, urging them to enroll their children in such vocational training programs that align with current market demands.