Agricultural Society of Kenya from Eastern organizes a beauty contest to woe the youths into farming
By David Kiarie
As a way wooing youths into farming, the Agricultural Society of Kenya show Eastern branch is using beauty contest to attract the youngsters.
Last weekend, the ASK show organized a beauty pageant at Izaak Walton Inn in Embu town where a total of 33 contestants mainly from tertiary institutions took part.
The branch ASK show chairman James Kibathi said the event was a curtain raiser to this year's show which will be held from June 17 to 19 at Njukiri.
"Farming in Kenya has been left to the old and we want the youths who are more educated, innovative and energetic to venture into the sector, which is the backbone of the country's economy," Kibathi told journalists.
The ASK committee is now appealing to the youth from the region to attend the three-day exhibition in order to see the different farming methods, both crops and animals, hoping this will change the attitude by many youth that farming is for the old people and inspire them to undertake agriculture.
Maureen Wambui, a 3rd year journalism and mass communication student at Mt. Kenya University beat all the 33 contestants to emerge the Miss ASK Eastern.
Wambui who is the current Miss Mt. Kenya University took home sh. 15,000.
Phoebe Wanjiku, an actress and an official of Dean, a local community based organization, took the second position while Doreen Obanda, a 2nd year teaching student at Kigari teachers' college managed number three.
The second contestant pocketed sh. 10,000 while number three won herself sh. 7,000. Numbers four, five and six were given sh. 3,000, sh. 2,000 and sh. 1,000 respectively.