News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

14 Feb
By: Faith Songok 0 0

EMGWEN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICERS TAKE UP THE NandE-FARM

Emgwen Sub County agricultural extension officers on Thursday got to interact with the already established NandE-Farm system.

Emgwen Sub County was the last cohort of the workshops accorded to all extension officers in all the six sub counties in Nandi.

The system is set to help the extension officers capture data for effective decision making on matters agricultural programs and policies plus aid in easy performance and documentation of their tasks such as facilitation of Farmer Census Management, AI programs, Vet services, Subsidy programs and Produce Market facilitation. These tasks have been digitized to ensure farmers’ and other stakeholders’ are able to access data for transparency and provide for easy access to effective service delivery at low to no cost.

The system has been integrated as a mobile app named E subsidy. The app is downloaded to devices provided for by the County Government to facilitate the process.

The officers were therefore trained on how to use the app to register farmers, edit farmers details, view current stock volumes, receive stock transferred to service points, redeem vouchers received, create new receipt for transaction, view agro dealer payments, create and view orders and to view product list.

These gadgets can work in remote locations with the GPRS and network features on.

In collaboration with a Geospatial system already established by the ICT department, NandE-Farm will allow capture of the location of the farmer plus the actual measurement of his or her farm.

This feature in its capacity to properly record the true ownership of the farm is much necessary in the ease of location to the farmer upon request of critical emergency services or any other services to the matter. It also identifies the nearest extension officer available within the farm proximity to ensure quick delivery of services.

This platform is therefore a game changer in the face of agriculture in Nandi County and a key transformational agenda His Excellency Mr. Stephen Arap Sang sets to see achieved for the full benefit of farmers in the county.

All wards in Emgwen namely Kapsabet, Chepkumia, Kilibwoni and Kapkangani were represented by their department heads in Agriculture and their extension officers.

Administrator Agriculture, Damaris Meli guiding two officers through the app system.

ICT Officer, Agriculture Silas Kichwen, guiding the officers in downloading app.

ICT head Agriculture Shadrack Kirui with two extension officers present at the workshop.

 

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06 Feb
By: Faith Songok 0 4

DIGITAL CAPACITY BUILDING TO NANDI HILLS SUB COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICERS.

In a bid to increase access and use of services by farmers, the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development has been implementing a market oriented agricultural e-extension, e-learning and data management services through the NandE-Farm system.

This system provides for a platform that facilitates extension services, stock management, AI services and a cooperative management module.

Extension officers in their role to provide timely information, link farmers with sources of farming inputs and credit facilities and in the provision of education services to farmers ; are key assets for the success of this project.

Thus, the ICT technical team from the above named department led Nandi Hills Sub county agricultural extension officers through training.

The officers will access the system as an integrated mobile app known as e-subsidy.

The training was focused on capacitating the officers with the knowledge of how to use the app to register farmers, edit farmers details, view current stock volumes, receive stock transferred to service points, redeem vouchers received, create new receipt for transaction, view agro dealer payments, create and view orders and to view product list.

To facilitate effective and extensive use of this system, the county government of Nandi partnered with DigiFarm an integrated mobile app by Safaricom that supports service delivery to crop and livestock farmers and DIGICOW by FarmTech Company that supports the dairy farmer.

Each ward will be allocated two devices to facilitate the process.

All wards in the Sub County were represented namely Kapchorwa, Lessos, Nandi hills and Chepkunyuk.

Extension officers following through the training.

ICT head, Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Mr Shadrack Kirui guiding the officers through the app.

ICT team installing e-subsidy app to extension officers’ devices.

Nandi hills Sub County Agricultural Extension Officers.

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06 Feb
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

NANDI MAIZE FARMERS REAP RICH HARVEST THANKS TO COUNTY PARTNERSHIP WITH KCEP

The County Government of Nandi through its department of Agriculture and Cooperative development has partnered with the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP) to enhance agriculture and boost cereals productivity among farmers in the County.

KCEP is a program that the agricultural sector has put in place with an objective of contributing to national food security and smallholder income generation by supporting farmers to increase the productivity and profitability of key cereal commodities such as maize, sorghum & millet and beans.

The program offers capacity building to farmers and provide materials to be used in growing, treating , harvesting and even marketing these commodities.

Today, KCEP National and Regional coordinating units led by National programme Coordinator Ms. Maryanne W. Njogu visited Nandi county to access the development of the program in Chesumei and Mosop Sub Counties.

The team first visited Kamonjil Self Help group in kosirai ward, Chesumei Sub-County where they found the members of the group progressing well with their project and whom were able to move their testimonials about the programme.

Through interventions by the County Government in collaboration with the programme, Kamonjil Self Help Group has been transformed from aggregating 250 bags of maize for home consumption to Commercial Grain Trade Business Hub aggregating over 1,000 bags of maize annually. The chairlady of the Group, testified of how KCEP had helped her increase the maize production from 8 bags in 2018 to harvesting 22 bags in 2019 per acre.

The team would later visit the second beneficiary group Okilgei Sogin Cooperative in Mosoriot where members have grown from a Jumuiya (faith based group) to being a cooperative that aggregates maize and beans and sells then together.

The team concluded its visit at Chemuswo warehouse in Kaptel Kamoiywo ward that has just completed and is set to begin its operations soon.

Speaking during the visit, CECM Agriculture Dr Kiplimo Lagat appreciated the groups for their commitment in agriculture and urged the farmers to continue with their hard work and uphold unity, maximizing the opportunities that come their way, and do diverse value chain through other programs to be launched in the county that will enhance expansion of agriculture.

“As an administration, we’re in the process of supporting Cereal aggregators and cooperatives streamline the maize and beans market by upgrading the two value chain storage facilities while ensuring farmers have a unified and stronger voice and/or bargaining power.” said Dr. Lagat.

He added that once the Warehouse at Chumuswa is complete and operation later in the year, Maize farmers in Mosop will now store their grains in a warehouse until demand or the price of their produce increase.

Dr. Lagat also popularized the county call/data center services that are available on 24 hour basis on short code 1548 and it is toll free so that farmers can leverage on it whenever they need any of the services offered by the administration within the county.

 

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04 Feb
By: Faith Songok 0 0

TINDERET AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICERS EMBRACE NandE-FARM SYSTEM

Agriculture Extension Officers in Tinderet Sub County are optimistic that, the NandE-Farm system will help farmers improve their way of doing business.

They acknowledged that the initiative would help farmers get value for their investments.

During training held in Tinderet by the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative development, the extension officers applauded the system well thought of capabilities to offer a managed service with mobile access to field users.

Silas Kichwen, ICT officer guiding Tinderet Extation officers through the NandiE-Farm systems

According to ICT head, Agriculture Mr. Shadrack Kirui, NandE-Farm system presents real opportunity to support farmers to profile their data, link to markets, access affordable and quality input by linking farmers to registered Agro vets and provide for a platform to request and get quality extension services at subsidized costs.

He also stated the functions of the system to support administration of input subsidy programs and its role to facilitate tracking of county agriculture input stock management.

Tinderet extension officers following up on the training.

The officers were trained to register farmers, edit farmers details, view current stock volumes, receive stock transferred to service points, redeem vouchers received, create new receipt for transaction, view Agro dealer payments, create and view orders and to view product list.

Mr. Joseph Cheruiyot, the Sub County Agricultural Officer attached to Tinderet stated that they are excited about the system because it will help in visibility by it providing access to reports and proper records of the services and programs carried out. “We believe farmers would be happy to hear what we have discussed particularly about the transparency this technology brings”.

ICT head – Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Mr. Shadrack Kirui speaking to the farmers and stakeholders.

The NandE-Farm is a digital platform that aims to be a well-functioning regulated Agricultural Information Management System which will facilitate an improved service delivery access to farmers and all the stakeholders in Agriculture and Cooperative Development.

Each ward in Tinderet will be provided with two devices among its extension officers to facilitate the process.

All wards in Tinderet namely Kapsimotwo, Tinderet, Chemase/Chemelil and Songhor/Soba were represented.

 

 

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03 Feb
By: Faith Songok 0 0

DIGITAL PLATFORM TO TRANSFORM SERVICE DELIVERY TO FARMERS IN CHESUMEI

Farmers in Chesumei are set to enjoy the efforts of the county government to improve service delivery to all stakeholders in Agriculture & Cooperative Development through a well established agri tech system known as NandE-Farm.

NandE-Farm is a digital platform established to facilitate management of agricultural information, subsidy programs and provide for a place for effective access of a wide range of low to no cost quality services to farmers.

Following this initiative, the county government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development in liaison with the department of ICT, led agricultural extension officers from each ward in Chesumei through training on the system.

The training aimed at guiding the officers on their role and expected participation on the platform.

Since the platform integrates farmer profiling, subsidy programs, market access facilitation, input stock management, extension services to farmers, farmer e-learning, and a cooperative management module; data is necessary.

The extension officers as intermediaries between information and farmers are therefore key in their role to capture data needed for effective execution and facilitation of these programs through the platform.

The ward extension officers are to use the platform to : register farmers, edit farmers details, view current stock volumes, receive stock transferred to service points, redeem vouchers received, create new receipt for transaction, view agro dealer payments, create and view orders and to view product list.

Speaking during the training, ICT head, Agriculture Mr. Shadrack Kirui , urged the officers to embrace the system and act as good will ambassadors by encouraging farmers to adopt the technology for their full benefit. “ Let us invest in this data driven technology to enable the county government improve the livelihoods of farmers ”.

Each ward in Chesumei will be provided with a gadget to facilitate the process.

The training was held at Mosoriot and all wards namely: Lelmokwo/Ngechek, Kosirai, Kaptel/Kamoiywo, Chemundu and Kiptuiya were represented.

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31 Jan
By: Faith Songok 0 0

ALDAI WARD AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICERS UNDERGO TRAINING ON NandE- FARM SYSTEM

The county government of Nandi through the department of ICT and the department of Agriculture n Cooperative Development, on Thursday, led Aldai Ward Administrators through sensitisation and training on NandE- Farm system.

This is a continuation of the strategies put in place to esure the system is implemented at sub county/ward levels.

NandE- Farm has integrated 2 platforms, DigiFarm by Safaricom that supports service delivery to crop and livestock farmers and DIGICOW by FarmTech company that supports the dairy farmer.

The platform will facilitate effective and quality service delivery. The farmer can request services by dialing a toll free USSD code, get extension services at subsidized cost, access proper records of services enrolled, get quick access of information. It also provides for training and dissemination of information, timely provision of critical services, marketing of agricultural products as well as sending timely reminders to farmers.

In their role to ensure service delivery at the ward level, the agricultural officers are expected to sensitize the farmers on the above functions and benefits of the platform.

They were trained to use the system to:  register farmers, edit farmers details, view current stock volumes, receive stock transferred to service points, redeem vouchers received, create new receipt for transaction, view agro- dealer payments, create and view orders plus viewing the product list.

They are also mandated to maximize on the system to establish, implement and monitor farmer and cooperative performance management at the ward level.

In addition, they should ensure farmers at the ward level are registered to cooperative societies for them to achieve the full benefits of these services provided for by the platform.

Every ward will be assigned one gadget to their two ward agricultural officers to facilitate the process.

The training was held at Aldai NG- CDF conference hall.

In attendance was the trained county government technical team and the Safaricom team.

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27 Jan
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

ASSEMBLY VALIDATES SUSTAINABLE LAND & FOREST MANAGEMENT DRAFT POLICY

The County Government of Nandi is continually working with the legislative arm of the County Government to ensure that both parties learn from each other and build on resources and information. Together, it is great to be able to identify areas the Government can improve and progress on towards enabling farmers thrive in full conformity to Sustainable Land and Forest Management (SLFM) policy.

On Monday 27th January, the CECM in charge of Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat chaired a consultative meeting between the County Assembly of Nandi leadership, County Departments of Agriculture and Lands/Environment as well as the legal team to review and validate the Nandi County Sustainable Land & Forest Management draft policy. The purpose of the document is to provide a legislative framework for implementation of Sustainable Land and Forest Management programme in our county.

The policy proposes a broad range of measures and actions responding to key land and forest management issues and challenges. It seeks to provide the framework for an integrated approach to planning and sustainable management of land and forest resources in the County. It recognized the various vulnerable ecosystems and proposes various policy measures not only to mainstream sound environmental management practices in all sectors of society throughout the county but also recommends strong institutional and governance measures to support the achievement of the desired goal and objectives.

Before the review and ratification of the policy, several issues were identified through a participatory approach which involved various stakeholders including agriculture sector institutions and community organizations. These issues had continued to constrain the development of the agriculture sector due to inappropriate use of land and forest management technologies to curb land degradation and encroachment into the forests. The policy issues included; land degradation through human activities, soil erosion, declining soil fertility, poor water management, drying up of water sources such as springs and streams, vulnerabilities due to changes in temperature regimes and precipitation patterns among others. #TransformingNandi

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23 Jan
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 0

Digitizing Agricultural Service Delivery and management through NandE-Farm System.

The step wise progression by County’s ICT& e-Government section in automating service delivery by the departments to the citizens is now setting its foot in the Department of Agriculture and Co-operative Development. It is focussing on digitizing Agricultural extension services for farmers through a mobile application and is therefore planning to roll out NandE-Farm system that help Farmers in the timely and effective access of services from extension officers, Veterinary Officers and Artificial inseminators within the County.

NandE-Farm is an integration of two platforms; DIGICOW by FarmTech Company supporting the dairy farmers and DIGIFARM by Safaricom for both Crop and Livestock farmers. The implementation of this system will aid the farmer through: requesting services by just dialing a toll free USSD code, getting the services at subsidized cost through monthly subscription, accessing proper records of the services, quick access to information, ensure quality service delivery by the Officers, acts as the best platform for training and dissemination of information, timely provision of critical services especially emergency services, marketing of agricultural products as well as
sending timely reminders to farmers.

For farmers to enjoy these and other services especially the subsidized veterinary services, they are expected to be members of a registered cooperative society within the county. Farmers who are not members of any cooperative society can equally access these services but with less privileges compared to those registered under cooperatives.

The implementation process of the system just started with the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development together with ICT and e-Government sub sector rolling out training of all the stakeholders. Among these stakeholders are: ICT technical team,Call Centre agents and officers from the user department (Agriculture and Cooperative Development) especially the Veterinary and extension Officers at the Sub-County and Ward level.

 

The team from Safaricom and FarmTech
today trained the Technical team. They are also training the call centre agents so as to help the farmers who request services via the County’s Call Centre (1548). After training all stakeholders, the farmers are then registered. Thereafter, the farmer can request the services through their mobile phones via a USSD code that will be provided. The system the dispatches the nearest extension officer to deliver the requested service.

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20 Jan
By: Faith Songok 0 0

ROLL OUT OF NANDE-FARMERS, DIGITAL PLATFORM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFARICOM

In its pursuit to digitize the entire agricultural value chain and improve service delivery to all stakeholders in Agriculture & Cooperative Development, the County Government of Nandi through the department of ICT & E-Government in partnership with Safaricom on Monday, scheduled and commenced on a week’s training program to county officers technical team in the named departments on the newly established farmers e platform named Nande-Farmers.

The training is set to ensure an effective roll out before the launch of the platform.

Nande-Farmers is a well established ICT-based Agricultural Information Management and Subsidy Platform developed by the County ICT in collaboration with Safaricom Digi farm.

Digi farm is an integrated, free to use mobile platform developed by Safaricom as the technology partner which offers farmers access to a suit of information and financial services.

Nande-Farmers is set to offer a platform for : comprehensive farmers profiling including complete data on households, extension services, quality input, credit& insurance, service delivery and market facilitation. It will also integrate all other agricultural related technologies rolled out in the county such as DigiCow and Rapid Vets to provide one platform/USSD for easy access by farmers.

Speaking during the training, the chief officer in charge ICT & E-government, Jonathan Misoi pointed out that Nande-Farmers will improve value chains in agricultural sector to ensure farmers achieve much more. He added that the platform is key in facilitating His Excellency Hon Stephen Sang transformational development project of cooling plants that will see cooperatives creameries process its milk.

He pointed out that automation is the first step towards the implementation of these strategies and that is why Digifarm has been involved to handle the farm management level of profiling farmers’ information and providing access to the accounted information.

Mr. Misoi stressed on the importance of data in optimizing performance.

“We are living in the decade of data; we cannot make policies as a county government without having ample data for us to make pronouncements in policy for example subsidy management. This will also keep cartel offerings on check and provide for a fair and equitable service provision to all farmers”

The data on registered farmers will allow the county government source vital data for planning and resource allocation as well as extensive services to farmers.

Other technologies to facilitate farmers profiling will be the geospatial mapping. Physical mapping will aid in farm produce aggregation and classification, yield prediction and acreage estimation. The County Government ICT department GIS lab in collaboration with Oakar Services will champion this service.

Chief Officer,ICT & E-Government, Mr Jonathan Misoi

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15 Jan
By: Faith Songok 0 1

DigiCow Adding Value to Dairy Cooperatives in Nandi

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between DigiCow and Nandi dairy cooperative societies in a bid to scale up disruptive digital technologies in Agriculture in Nandi, dairy farmers in cooperatives can now rely on DigiCow, a mobile app that will enable them make daily records of their dairy produce plus access to important information concerning their day to day running of the farm.
Through the app, dairy farmers will be able to analyze production trends of each cow. They can access real time information concerning the behavior of every cow, including milk each cow produces. This makes them well informed on decisions such as type of feed, change of feed or increase quantity of feed which is provided for by the app after analyzing of the produce quality.
It also provides farmers with quality services through their well experienced vets who are vetted and approved by the Kenya Veterinary Board with timely provision of critical services where all tickets are closed within 1 hour request. They also get training at hand, quick access and dissemination of information.
On cooperatives, DigiCow aims to create true visibility through a portal that enables access to reports. This will aid dairy cooperatives make data driven decisions on training needs, breeding, cow herd structures, disease surveillance, milk production and sales.
It also provides simplified reports that will help project milk shortage or glut, cows expected to calve and those dried.
It will also be a key asset in seeing to a reduced cost of production by offering affordable veterinary services to cooperative members at Kshs 450 per farmer per month for upto 10 cows.
The app also provides a platform for dairy cooperatives to train and disseminate timely information to farmers in their language of choice.
Due to the visibility it provides, dairy cooperatives will see an increase of efficiency and effectiveness in services provision to its members and as result increased dairy productivity.
Farmers are encouraged to download the app from Google play. On installation of the app, the farmer is required to register as a member of DigiCow by filling in his name and mobile phone number. On its end, DigiCow verifies the authenticity of the phone number provided. The farmer is sent an activation code which they input in their downloaded App and proceeds to create a secret PIN.
The farmer also provides important details such as the name of the cow, its calf, the co-operative they deal with and their customers.

Chief Officer, Cooperative Development- Dr. Benadatte Tiony

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