The Corporation successfully bagged two awards at the Mombasa ASK show which took place from August 30th to September 3rd, 2017 at the Mkomani show ground. KR competed in two judgement categories: ‘The best local stand in strategies of international trade and exports’ and ‘The best stand that displays initiatives in provision of viable transport services’, wherein we won 2nd and 1st positions respectively.
The first category sought demonstrable efforts in boosting cross-border trade. The SGR being a regional project that is already boosting trade volumes at Kenya’s Port and is set to interconnect E. Africa and boost regional export-import trade clearly resonated with this category thus earning the Corporation the win. The second category, on the other hand, was a more straightforward 1st place win given the Madaraka Express’ capability of transporting record numbers in minimal time.
The week-long affair which was themed, Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki. Speaking at the event, the CS lauded the participants for the exemplary work they had done in showcasing their mandate, further inviting all to take advantage of the trade fair to strengthen joint ventures and market gains in Agriculture and Trade. She was accompanied by the Mombasa Deputy Governor, Dr. William Kingi, Agriculture PS, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and a slew of other top notch government officials.The Corporation’s Board of Directors was also in full attendance.
A team of students from the Railway Training Institute also made presentations that focused on improving agricultural practices and promoting food security through use of I.C.T. One of the project’s entailed the use of a liquid level controller system. The system is automated thus avoids wastage of the liquid being used for example, water during irrigation or chemicals used in pest and disease control in agriculture. The system monitors the levels of the liquid in use in the storage tank through sensors. This displayed the first benefit of the system which is lack of contact with the liquid used which may bring about contamination. When the level is low, the system automatically switches on a pump to refill the tank and switches it off when full. Liquid levels are verifiable through an LCD screen. In the event of there being no liquid at all in the tank, the pump is automatically switched off hence no power wastage in the process and increased life span of the pump.
Other presentations were on the use of a web-based system that enables poultry farmers can register themselves online and market themselves therein. Through the system, the farmers are able to order and sell their product online as well as trace specific farm inputs to the farm/farmer. Apart from this there was also a presentation that used props to demonstrate the basic cargo operations of the Standard Gauge Railway and the expected introduction of flat wagons used to ferry cargo.
The ASK Shows are an important event in KR’s calendar, since the shows give an opportunity for KR to create awareness of the Corporation’s mandate, projects and activities, provide an interactive forum with members of the public, and an avenue to share and learn new ideas from other counterparts in the transport industry and other service sectors to enhance KR’s service delivery. The Corporation is set to participate in the Nairobi event, scheduled for 2nd to 8th October.