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12 Apr
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 0

DP RUTO LAUDS GOVERNOR SANG’S DEVELOPMENT RECORD, SAYS DEVOLUTION FELT IN NANDI

Deputy President William Ruto has lauded Nandi Governor Stephen Sang’s Development record saying that Nandi residents have tasted the fruits of Devolution.

Deputy President Dr William Ruto laying the foundation stone for the Nandi County Milk Processing Plant.

Speaking on Friday when he toured the County, Ruto said the various development projects initiated by the County Government has changed lives of many residents.

“We commend Nandi County for being one of the model counties in the country that Devolution has worked especially on the health sector, Value addition and youth empowerment” Dr Ruto said.

The DP said that Nandi County will now be a benchmark for other counties across the country who want to excel in various sectors such as Health, Agriculture and Infrastructure.

The two leaders begun their development tour of the County at Emsos Technical Training Institute in Chesumei Sub County where they opened the institution that was funded by the National Government.

Speaking during the opening of the institute, Dr Ruto said the National Government has allocated enough funds that will be used to pay school fees for technical students.

“We have allocated enough funds to make Technical education free and parents should ensure that their Children who have completed form four enroll in TVETs”

Nandi Governor appealed to parents and guardians to take their children to Technical training colleges so that they can acquire technical knowledge that will enable them live better lives.

“We are working closely with the National Government in ensuring that we support the technical institutions. We have prioritized bursaries for students in Vocational Training institutes as one way of encouraging form four leavers to enroll in technical colleges”

During his tour, Dr Ruto also layed a foundation stone for the proposed Nandi County Milk Processing Plant that is being established at Kabiyet in Mosop Sub County.

Once established, the Processing plant will benefit more than 100,000 dairy farmers in Nandi and will enable them add value to their dairy produce resulting in huge profits.

The Milk Processing Plant is the first ever Milk plant to be constructed by a County. Deputy President William Ruto commended the county’s idea of constructing the Milk plant saying that it help dairy farmers in the region.

“With the processing plant, Nandi is one County that Devolution has worked because such development projects will directly benefit the residents”

The Dp called on the residents to work with their leaders so that the development agenda is realized.

Present also were Chesumei Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, Woman Representative Tecla Tum, Chesumei Mp Wilson Kogo, Mosop Mp Julius Melly, Aldai Mp Cornelly Serem, Benjamin Washiali among other leaders.

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12 Apr
By: Peter Kiprop 0 1

DP RUTO LAY FOUNDATION STONE FOR NANDI COUNTY MILK PROCESSING PLANT

Deputy President Dr. William Ruto on Friday laid a foundation stone for the first ever Farmer Owned Milk Processing Plant to be constructed by a County Government

Deputy President Dr. William Ruto laying the foundation stone.

Nandi County will be the first County to construct a Milk Processing Plant that will help dairy farmers in value addition by processing and packaging their dairy produce.

The Plant is located in Kabiyet area, Mosop Sub County, an area that leads in Milk production within the county.

During the event, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said that his administration was committed in delivering his promise to the people of Nandi.

“We campaigned on a platform of changing the lives of our people by initiating development projects that would directly benefit them. The Milk Processing plant that we promised to deliver will go a long way in helping our dairy farmers” Sang said.

Dr. Ruto lauded the county’s development record saying that Nandi was one of the model counties which Devolution has worked.

“We laud the County Government of Nandi for the good work it is doing. Nandi is one of the model counties where we’ve seen the fruits of Devolution”

Nandi is one of Kenyan counties that is considered the breadbasket of the country with a majority of its residents engaging in Agricultural activities.

It is estimated that Nandi produces thousands of milk per year with about 90% ending up in the informal market. #TugaTai #TransformingNandi

 

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10 Apr
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

SPECIAL GROUPS GET FERTLIZER FROM THE COUNTY AHEAD OF THE PLANTING SEASON

A lorry full of fertilizer distributed by the County Government of Nandi.

Continuous cultivation of land without regular addition of nutrients has reduced soil fertility especially on farms belonging to small holder farmers who cannot afford fertilizers.

In a bid to enhance farm productivity for the small holder farmers who own one acre of land or less and do not have other requisite resources, the County Government of Nandi in collaboration with the National Accelerated Agricultural Input Access Programme (NAAIAP) on Tuesday distributed 750, 50KG bags of fertilizer to small holder maize farmers in Songhor/Soba ward, Tinderet Sub-County.

The vulnerable groups receiving fertilizers from County Government officials.

250 farmers drawn from 5 villages in Songhor/Soba ward received 3 bags of fertilizer each that included two 50KG bags for planting and one 50KG bag for top dressing.

The NAAIAP program seeks to address the problem of low farm productivity by offering targeted subsidy in form of technical inputs to resource challenged farmers.

The program’s global goal is to address the problem of low farm productivity arising from farmers not using the right fertilizer and certified seeds.

While officiating the distribution, the CO Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei said the increase in yield and production by the farmers would meet the household food security and generate surpluses that can be traded leading to an increase in household income.

Vulnerability preference and priority were given to Child & Women headed families, HIV/AIDS members of the society, PDWs, Youth and resource poor farmers.

Present during the distribution excersice were the area MCA Hon. Justine Chepnyango, CO Agriculture Mr Wilson Lelei, NAAIAP program coordinator Pr. Oduori among, SCAO, Chief among other government officials.

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09 Apr
By: juliter jepkinyor 0 0

Sugarcane Farmers in Nandi to Form a Nandi Cane Growers Cooperative Union

On Monday Chief Officer Cooperative development Dr.Benadatte Tiony together with Director Cooperative Development Stalin Koech held a meeting with the interim committee of the proposed Nandi Cane Growers Cooperative Union to brainstorm over the way forward of the issues that arose in the previous meeting.

The objectives of forming the union include the need to add value to the cane, all the canes from primary cane cooperative societies, to provide advocacy role to the cane farmers on cane policies.

The county government  will not only chip in and provide extension services, but also provide enabling environment for the growth of the industry through  friendly policies, it will also partner with other development partners in the industry.

The interim committee pleaded for construction of sugar cane factory in Nandi County, citing that it will be a relief to them since whenever there is a political difference they face insecurity issues transporting their goods. They also mentioned that 75% of sugarcane  processed in the surrounding sugar factories originate from Nandi County but the most of the Corporate Social Responsibility activities are conducted in the neighboring counties.

The establishment of a sugar factory will not only enhance sugarcane farming but also provide employment opportunities for young people and enhance the county’s revenue generation.It is also through the union that the farmers will have the power to bargain farm inputs and the sale of cane and its products.

Interim Officials with the Chief Officer Cooperative development

They agreed to re brand the existing Union whose proposed name will be Nandi Cane Growers Cooperative Union. The Committee laid down strategies in how to achieve its objective among which was planning on sensitization of primary cane cooperative societies into subscribing to the said Union. The sensitization programme has been scheduled to take place between 16th to 18th April 2019, after which one major meeting will be organized and graced By His Excellency the Governor

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08 Apr
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

PROGRAMME FOR SENSITIZATION OF WAREHOUSE/STORE MANAGEMENT COOPERATIVE MODEL.

Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP) in partnership with the County Government of Nandi on Friday held a sensitization programme to commercial maize farmers from Chesumei and Mosop Sub-Counties on how to register and manage cooperative socities as well as operating and managing the warehouses/stores to be installed in the respective sub counties to help farmers address issues of post-harvest loses.

 

KCEP Representative

The County Government through its Cooperative Development department appreciate the good gesture by KCEP in expressing interest of partnering with county government in addressing some of the challenges faced by the commercial maize farmers in the county especially on the issue of post-harvest loses.

Speaking during the training, Chief Officer in charge of Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei lauded the strategies outlined by KCEP to set up warehouses for farmers to keep their cereal as they wait for prices to appreciate.

Wilson Lelei. CO Agriculture

On her part, the Chief Officer Cooperative Development Dr. Bernadette Tiony reaffirmed government’s commitment to continuously and diligently train commercial maize farmers on matters cooperative governance, management, record keeping new trends among other good cooperative practices. Dr. Tiony also revealed that the department is investing heavily on capacity building for cooperative leaders and impart the cooperative leadership with good managerial skills to ensure that the resources its members are in safe hands.

Dr. Bernadette Tiony . CO Cooperative Development

KCEP is going to establish warehouses in strategic places within the two sub counties in the first phase and also provide 12 motorbikes that will boost extension services among the maize farmers in Mosop and Chesumei Sub-Counties.

 

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29 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

EXCAVATION WORKS FOR THE PROPOSED NANDI COOPERATIVE CREAMERIES (NCC) IS 98% COMPLETE.

During his campaigns, Governor Stephen Sang promised residents of Nandi that he would build a milk processing plant and ensure that value addition is done before the milk is sold to consumers.

In keeping his promises, the construction of the milk processing plant is underway in Kabiyet area, Mosop Sub County.

Excavation of Nandi Dairy Creameries.

 

The construction process is being done in strict adherence to the required standards considering that quality is the number one prerequisite for any food manufacturing plant, it is always very important to ensure that the plant structure and equipment facilitate the required quality as much as possible.

A technical committee which was established and tasked to oversee the construction of the Nandi Cooperative Creameries (NCC) has been closely monitoring the construction process and were on the construction site today inspecting and assessing the ongoing works of the plant.

Members of the technical committee assessing the project.

 

The committee commended the contractor for the tremendous progress so far, for adhering high standards of safely and recommended a few variations on the structure.

The processing plant, whose first phase is expected to be completed later in the year, will consist of cold storage space with loading docks, processing section, utility & west handling facilities, administrative offices and dispatch platform.

Upon completion, the plant will create job opportunities to hundreds of youth and women from the county who will be recruited to collect milk, operate the facility, market and distribute its products.

Happy employees at work.

Already, the construction has created informal employment to over 70 locals and the number is expected to rise as contraction advances.

#TransformingNandi

 

 

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28 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

NANDI TO GET AN ADDITIONAL Ksh 24,000,000 THROUGH THE SDCP PRORAMME

On Thursday, Nandi County hosted the Small-holder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) National Steering Committee led by the Principal Secretary State Department of Livestock Mr. Harry Kimutai.

PS State department of Livestock Harry Kimutai addressing government officials and small holder farmers at Mogoon, Nandi Hills

 

 

The NSC was in the county to assess on the status of various projects that is being jointly implemented by the National and County Governments.

During the visit, the two tiers of government had an opportunity to put their heads together and deliberate on the perpetuity of the programme once SDCP exit the stage and hand over to the County Government.

SDCP, National Steering Committee paying a courtesy call to the Deputy Governor.

 

The committee was welcomed by the Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei alongside Deputy County Commissioner, the CECM Agriculture, Chief Officers, Directors (Livestock, Veterinary & Cooperatives) and the program coordinator.

The visit was meant to assess the implementation status of the SDCP with the team visiting Lessos Farmers’ Cooperative Society who have benefited from the programme support of two milk bulk coolers worth Ksh 1,000,000 for ICT.

Lessos Farmer’s Cooperative Society, Mogoon site.

The team also visited dairy youth farmers Mr. & Mrs. Ng’etich and Mr. & Mrs. Kiprono at their farms in Nandi Hills. The group then highlighted the achievements they have received through the grant support by the programme to purchase a feed hammer mill worth Ksh. 240,000. While there, the PS handed over livestock registration certificates from Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization (KLBO) to five members of the group and thanked them for embracing the concept of value addition in dairy cows.

Dairy Youth Group in Nandi Hills

Through its department of Agriculture, the County Government of Nandi is very keen on growing the dairy sector and has greatly invested in the dairy value chain.

 

To show the County Government’s commitment, the department is establishing Nandi Cooperative Creameries (NCC) in Kabiyet, intensifying AI Subsidy Programme across the county as well as setting up 30 milk cooler structures among many other interventions that are geared towards commercializing and transforming the dairy sector.

Feed hammer mill worth Ksh. 240,000 by the County Government through the SDCP Programme.

Nandi County is among nine other counties that include Bomet, Kakamega, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Nyamira, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru Counties which are implementing the program. During his visit, the Principal Secretary announced that Nandi will get an additional of Ksh24,000,000 in the F/Y 2018/19 through the program.

#TransformingNandi

 

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25 Mar
By: juliter jepkinyor 0 1

USE OF APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY FOR FOOD SECURITY AND INCOME GENERATION

The County Government of Nandi in collaboration with Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP) on Wednesday and Thursday held field days in Chepkumia and Kabiyet wards in Chesumei and Mosop Sub counties respectively under the theme ‘Use of appropriate technology for Food Security and Income Generation’.

The agricultural expo brought together hundreds of farmers from the two wards who showcased their best agricultural practices leading to a Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security to other farmers. Farmers had an opportunity to interact, learn and gain knowledge about modern farming technologies from the experienced and finest farmers.

Kenya seed displayed their value added cereals such as maize baked cake,Crisps made of beans, beans baked cake among others.

Our very own Kaiboi Technical Institute displayed a unique Banana ripening box made to ripe bananas within three days without any additive. They also displayed a vegetable drier used in preserving vegetables during the season of bumper harvest as well as dry season, hence appropriate technology for food security

The objectives of KCEP are in line with that of the County Government to contribute to National Food Security by increasing production of cereal staples, increase income of smallholders in medium and high potential and to support smallholder’s farmers in graduating from subsistence to commercial Agriculture.

While officiating the two events, CO Agriculture Wilson Lelei urged more farmers to enroll into the program and stick to it as it will help them advance agriculture wise. He further urged farmers who have subscribed to the program to attend subsequent trainings as it help them learn new ideas.

In Nandi County the programme is implemented in two Sub counties, Chesumei and Mosop. In Chesumei the programme is in 5 wards while in Mosop it is in 7wards.In 2016,the county target for category 1 farmers was 1000 and 960 was achieved, In 2017, the county target for inputs support for first year farmers was 3000 and achieved was 2276, the target in 2018 was 873 and 746 was enrolled, In 2019, 1062 farmers have been enrolled and the 40% contribution is ongoing.

The programme is based on Public-Private Partnership between Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) which is tasked with dissemination of research based technical packages, Agriculture Market Development Trust (AGMARK) for building the capacities of agro dealers, Equity bank is designed to facilitate smallholders access to Agricultural input through an e-voucher system, East African Grain Council (EAGC) which is tasked with post-harvest management and market linkages.

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21 Mar
By: juliter jepkinyor 0 0

NANDI TEA INVESTMENT COOPERATIVE SOCIETY MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE UNDERGO EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Education and training is one of the principles of Cooperatives.Cooperative Societies need continuous provision of education and training to board members and management as a means of building capacity needed and aspirations.

The Training is aimed at developing and enlightening a responsible leadership capable of directing and effectively controlling cooperatives for the benefit of members and for continued prosperity of the cooperative development.This is achieved through imparting relevant management knowledge,business and entrepreneurial skills needed by Board members to enhance effective and efficient services rendered.

The department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development conducted Education and training to Nandi Teachers Investment Cooperative society onCooperative governance and roles, Cooperative policy,Human Resource,Books of accounts and finance.

While speaking during the training the Director for Cooperative Development Stalin Koech urged the members to conduct their activities as required by the cooperative laws. He also reiterated on the importance of the society having a strategic plan as this will help them in achieving their Vision.

 

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21 Mar
By: juliter jepkinyor 0 1

COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE OF KENYA ELECT DELEGATES

The County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development on Tuesday met with stakeholders from Cooperative Alliance of Kenya (CAK) to elect delegates who will represent the county at the body.

The roles of delegates is to represent, fulfill and further the interests of its members with emphasis on lobbying, advocacy, networking and collaboration at the local, regional and national level as well as offer leadership that develops and natures cooperatives to become viable social economic enterprises.

County Director of Cooperatives Starlin Koech

Presiding over the election of five delegates, the director for Cooperative Development Starlin Koech applauded the exercise as the delegates were drawn from the six sub counties.

 

The Cooperative Alliance of Kenya (CAK) is the national apex organization for Kenya’s cooperative movement. Its membership is drawn from over 14, 000 registered cooperatives that includes the National Cooperative Organizations (NACOs), cooperative unions and primary cooperative societies.

The mandate of CAK is to lobby and advocate for a favorable and enabling policy and legal environment for cooperatives with an aim of creating harmony in the cooperative movement. CAK endeavors to promote  development, unite and represent the cooperative interests on all matters of policy and legal framework of  the cooperative movement in Kenya.

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