Year: 2020

01 Dec
By: Remmy Butia 0

WORLD AIDS DAY 2020: NANDI COUNTY COMMITTED TO FIGHT AIDS AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

This year, 32 years after the first World AIDS Day, the observance is marked amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nandi County healthcare workers and partners that care for people living with HIV have worked tirelessly to continue to provide vital services.

World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s World AIDS Day holds extra significance.

The County department of health is marking this day differently by giving the “Maisha packs” to the most vulnerable PLHIV identified at Comprehenaive Care Center.

“As a department, we are committed to continue to work in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. We are not forgetting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ruth Koech, CEC for Health.

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24 Sep
By: Peter Koima 0

EMPOWERING RURAL COMMUNITIES

As part of our objective to support farmers maximise their potential and increase productivity, the county government of Nandi is providing grant support to aid farmers meet good agricultural practice.

Today, members of Bandaptai Community Project in Kobujoi Ward have received their newly acquired chopper grinder procured to them by Kobujoi Community Driven Development Committee CDDC.


The equipment is efficient in pulverizing dry forages such as hay and shreding of fresh forages such as green maize or napier for silage making. This has been made possible by the County Government through the National Agricultural Rural Inclusive Growth Project NARIGP grants.

The group members are now empowered to prepare sufficient feeds for their dairy herd and ultimately increase their yields. #TransformingNandi

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10 Sep
By: Peter Koima 2

SMALL-SCALE FARMERS BEGIN TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF MECHANIZATION

The County Government of Nandi, Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development is supporting small scale farmers in the county organized in Common Interest Groups CIGs and Cooperative Societies with expertise and technologies through the county Agricultural Mechanization Services AMS to improve farm
productivity and increase their yields.

The administration continues to implement ways of achieving both the President’s Big Four Agenda on Food Security as well as the County Integrated Development Plan CIDP which includes mechanized farming, use of quality and certified seeds as well as appropriate inputs.

In partnership with the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project NARIGP,
the administration has scaled up its reach to small scale farmers who in the past did not have access to certified seeds by transforming hundreds of progressive farmers
into seed multiplication agribusiness through mechanization.


To attain this, the department is empowering farmers organized in Producer Organizations POs scale up their production through the provision of both financial and extension support. Further to this, the county government has availed subsidized farming types of machinery to support farmers with the right equipment at favourable financial terms and thus increase productivity and income.


One such group of farmers to benefit from the programme include Nandi Potato Farmer’s Union which boasts of over 1500 members and who benefited from the NARIGP grants to a tune of Ksh 6.9M have managed to increase their production from 50 Kg 600 bags of potato in the last season to 50 Kg 4000 this season and are expecting to further increase their production in subsequent seasons.


The Union continues to reap the benefits of the County’s Agriculture Mechanization Services AMS including; tractors fitted with the implements to suit all stages of potato production. It has since utilized the machinery for ploughing, harrowing, applying fertilizer, weeding & hilling and now harvesting.


The group members are grateful for the County’s subsidized initiative noting that it has greatly saved them on time and money.

According to the PO’s chairperson Mr. Jairus Sugut, mechanization contributed to their timely preparation of land, efficient land use, and increased production. Mr. Sugut revealed that mechanization significantly reduced their cost of production while creating additional employment opportunities, particularly among women and
youth.


Speaking when he joined the society members in harvesting their 30 acre farm, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang noted that mechanization is a sure way of enhancing farmer’s productivity and increase their income. He challenged more farmers to embrace diversification and mechanization while urging them to use certified seeds among other appropriate inputs if they are to increase their production.

CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat said that his department is supporting small holder farmers across the county to come together and form cooperatives so that they can leverage on the AMS machinery to ensure route optimization is achieved.


He encourages farmers and cooperatives to emulate Nandi Potato Cooperative Society and embrace mechanization and request for the affordable AMS services by simply calling the county’s toll-free call centre number 1548.



The County is also engaging Hello Tractor, one of the DAT Cohorts, in a bid to digitize the process of booking, requesting, and the overall management of AMS services. #TugaTai #TransformingNandi

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20 Aug
By: Peter Koima 8

CONSTRUCTION OF NANDI CO-OPERATIVE CREAMERIES TAKING SHAPE

The dream of setting up the first farmer owned Milk Processing Plant in Nandi is slowly becoming a reality with the construction of the first phase Nandi Cooperative Creameries NCC nearing completion in Mosop Sub-County.

The new state-of-the-art flagship project whose foundation stone was laid in April 2019, that will have capacity to process 100,000 litres of milk per day, is a dream project of Governor Sang’s administration.

The plant which is likely to be operational by June 2021 aims at empowering dairy farmers’ transition from primary production to value addition and agro processing so as to double their income and realize more profits.

Speaking on Tuesday while accompanying Chief Administrative Secretary for Livestock & Fisheries Hon. Linah Kilimo who was on a tour of dairy development projects in Nandi, CECM for Agriculture & Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat said that his department is implementing projects and programmes aimed at boosting agricultural production, igniting value addition & improving lives of farmers.

This, he says, is in line with Governor Sang’s vision of transforming and uplifting the agriculture & livestock sectors in the county on modern lines.

On her part, the CAS commended Nandi County on the initiatives undertaken towards transforming the Agriculture sector which are in tandem with the President’s Big Four Agenda on Food Security. She lauded the county government’s effort to assist farmers improve on breeds of their dairy animals through the introduction of subsidized Artificial Insemination AI programme, in preparation for operationalizing NCC.

She said that her Livestock department will see to it that the capacity of Animal Health Assistants in Nandi who also double up as AI inseminators is built further to enable them improve on service delivery to the farmers.

“Regular refresher trainings and practice is key for successful AI thus the need to continually build the capacity of those who perform it if we wish to improve on our breeds and increase milk production,” she said.

In its first phase, Nandi Cooperative Creameries NCC will process Fresh milk, Long life milk, Yoghurt and Mala. The county will then deploy more equipment for Extended Life Shelf and Ultra Heat Treatment and processing ghee and butter in the second phase and subsequent phases.

At present, part of equipment for the first phase have been delivered in Kabiyet while the remaining are expected in site later this year.

Once complete, the facility targets to supply her milk to the Lake Region Economic Bloc LREB market which has a population estimated to over 14 million people. NCC will also be capable to process enough milk to supply pupils under the Early Childhood Development Education in Nandi County.
#TugaTai #TransformingNandi

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23 Jul
By: Caren Towett 3

NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION HOLD A CONSULTATIVE FORUM WITH THE COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD

 

NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION HOLD A CONSULTATIVE FORUM WITH THE COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD

Leveraging diversity among county employees helps to create programs and services that meet the diverse needs of a county government. By cultivating a diverse workforce, employees are able to come up with ideas that improve the lives of all residents hence achieving the sustainable development goals.

Board Members following the presentation

The National cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) convened a sensitization forum with the members of the county Public service board. The objective of the forum was to develop strategies that are geared towards ensuring inclusivity and compliance in employing county staff  with reference to the developed minimum standards and principles for recruitment.

Ezekiel Chemwor and Irene Choge at the event

Speaking during the forum, Commissioner Hon. Philip Okundi noted that the current composition of the staff is skewed towards the dominant community and urged the County Public Service Board to progressively improve on ensuring equal opportunities for all ethnic groups. He emphasized on the need for the County Public Service Board to ensure that issues around gender inequality, marginalization and  exclusion are addressed.   . He was accompanied by Kyalo Mwengi, Assistant Director Complaints, Legal and Enforcement, Catherine Gakuru, Assistant Director Investigations Mr. Kyalo Mwengi, Assistant Director, Complaints, Legal and Enforcement, NCIC Senior Legal Officer, Mr. Jackson Mwikamba.

Mr. Kyallo Mwengi giving a presentation.

Mr. Kyalo Mwengi, gave a presentation on the minimum Standards and Principles for Recruitment to Ensure Inclusiveness and Diversity at the County Level. He urged the county public service board to always strike a balance in ensuring that there is equality during the employment process. This will be achieved by ensuring that they adhere to the principle of giving equal opportunities to all and considering People living With Disabilities (PWDs) and those from maginalized areas . He also emphasized on the need to have open days by the County public service board to showcase their work and sensitize the public on the recruitment processes.

During the forum, Mr. Jackson Mwikamba, disseminated the results of the ethnic audit of staff  that was done in 2016. According to the results  the county had 1129 staff members 81% of the employees were from the Kalenjin community,10.4%  from the Luhya community, Luo form the 2.6 While 6% were from other ethnic communities.

Nandi County Public Service Board CEO Jacob Sisey expressed great satisfaction with the NCIC and its role in guiding institutions on what the Constitution and County Acts stipulates. He thanked the NCIC team for the sensitization forum in that it had taught the members on the essence of diversity  as a key objective in fostering national unity.

Sisey underscored that the county public service board has been able to demonstrate inclusivity and transparency by  employing 30% non-residents, fulfilling the affirmative action of the marginalized wards within the county and bearing in mind people living with disabilities.

Present during the event were the board members, Irine Choge,Ezekiel Chemwor,Daniel Mwogoi,Member of County Assembly Osborn Komen, Stella Rutto member County Assembly Public Service Philister Maiyo,Deputy Director Administration and Nancy Jeruto Deputy Legal Officer,CPSB

 

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