News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

13 Sep
By: Joyce Mutai 0


Saccos play very important roles in our communities by encouraging a habit of saving to the clientele and this is usually done through lending of loans to common interest groups and individuals.

Today, Kilven cooperatives with a total of 236 members from 4 Zones of Tulon, Lolminingai, Terige, Kilibwoni, Arwos, Kaplamai, Kabirsang, Kipture and Kipsigak held its first Annual General Meeting as well as electing its executive members.


Kilven cooperative members proceeding through their first Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Speaking during the meeting, Emgwen Sub County Cooperative Officer Mercylyn Limo, emphasized on the need for massive registration of members in order to benefit from the NAVCDP project. “Let’s all strive to bring on board more members to the Sacco as this will lead to more shares and growth for all of us” she said.

Chesumei Sub County Cooperative Officer, Mercylyn Limo.

Kilven Cooperative, is one of 20 SACCOs established across 20 different wards in the county and earmarked for support under the NAVCDP project. Besides capacity building, the SACCO will receive inclusion grants (which includes setting up of an office and automation) and matching grants as a seed capital.

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29 Mar
By: Faith Songok 0

Newly Appointed Chief Officers for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Department Officially Assume Responsibilities

To ensure the Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development’s operations continue smoothly under Governor Stephen Sang’s renewed mandate, Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat, the CEC Member for Agriculture and Cooperative Development, has today presided over the taking over ceremony of newly appointed Agriculture and Cooperative Development Chief Officers, Dr. Paul Sanga and Ms. Caroline Lagat.

The handover ceremony was held at the Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development and was attended by administrative officials from the County Secretary’s office, Chairman agriculture committee county assembly Hon. Julius Kipkosgei, as well as directors and staff from the Agriculture department.

Hand over of Responsibilities and Duties to the new Chief Officers.

Speaking during the handover/taking over ceremony, CECM Dr. Kiplimo Arap Lagat extensively highlighted on the importance of commitment, transparency and accountability in the management and implementation of open governance and ensuring efficiency of service delivery for the promotion and development of the agricultural sector in Nandi.

“As a department, we are committed to ensuring that our agricultural sector is well managed, and that all priorities are obliged. Our biggest mandate as a department is to implement policies and regulations. Our responsibility is to create effective sequence of strategies and proposed actions for the synchronization of the primary function of the department which is to promote and support the growth and development of the agricultural sector in Nandi, and it is our responsibility to implement them.”

Dr. Sanga expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of Nandi County in his new role and pledged to work closely with all staff and stakeholders to ensure the success of the agriculture and cooperative development activities in the county.

Ag. Chief Officer, Dr. Samson Bitok hands over responsibilities and duties to Chief Officer Agriculture, Dr. Paul Sanga.

On her part, Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Ms Caroline Lagat reiterated the zeal to implement the department’s mission of open governance and efficient service delivery to the public engaged to agriculture and cooperative development.

Ag. Chief Officer, Dr. Samson Bitok hands over responsibilities and duties to Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Ms. Caroline Lagat.

The newly appointed officials are now expected to work closely with the public and all stakeholders to achieve the county’s goals and objectives towards a vibrant agricultural sector. #ContinuedTransformation

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28 Feb
By: Peter Koima 1


The County Government of Nandi has today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with tea processing factories to jointly oversee and manage the collection of cess and maintenance of roads in tea-growing regions within the county.
According to the county Governor H.E Stephen Sang, the collaboration is aimed at ensuring that all feeder roads in the tea-growing areas are well-maintained and easily accessible throughout the year. The county plans to work with tea industry stakeholders to minimize post-harvest losses and enable farmers to transport their produce to different factories while ensuring high-quality green leaf.
The MOU has been signed by numerous factories, including KTDA Chebut Factory, KTDA Kaptumo Factory, Kaimosi Tea Estate, Emrok Tea Factory, Sangalo Tea Factory, Mbogo Tea Factory, Nandi Tea Factory, Kamarich Tea Factory, Chepkumia Tea Factory, and EPK Factories (Chemomi, Savani, Kibwari, Kipchamo, Siret, Kapsumbeiwo & Kipkoimet Tea Factories), Tinderet Factory, Kipchabo Factory, Kapchorua Factory, Kilibwoni Factory, and Dl Koisagat Factory, in addition to all extra-county factories.
The Governor expressed his appreciation to the factories and all stakeholders involved for their commitment and dedication in partnering with the county government to improve the roads, which will ultimately benefit the tea farmers. #ContinuedTranaformation
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22 Feb
By: Peter Koima 1


The County Government of Nandi, led by Governor Stephen Sang, is implementing measures to improve the distribution of subsidized fertilizer to benefit maize farmers in the county.
Under the guidance of the CECM Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat, the department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development has responded quickly to the request of Aldai’s maize farmers and the Governor’s appeal to the NCPB’s Regional Manager, Mr. Gilbert Rotich, to bring subsidized fertilizer closer to farmers in Nandi county.
As the first consignment for Aldai Farmers is received this evening, the CECM Dr. Lagat has announced that over 3,000 50kg bags of fertilizer will be available to Aldai farmers from tomorrow at a store located in Kobujoi, which was handed over to the NCPB last Friday.
Earlier in the day, members of the County Assembly committee on Agriculture chaired by Hon. Julius Kipkosgei accompanied the CECM to visit the Mosoriot National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Depot in Chesumei Sub County to assess the progress of the subsidized fertilizer distribution.
They held a meeting with the depot manager, Mrs. Irene Tiren, to discuss ways to improve and fast track the fertilizer distribution at the depot and later engaged with farmers who were queued up to collect their fertilizer and shared plans to set up more collection points to improve the distribution channels and address other concerns for the benefit of farmers.
The department, in collaboration with the NCPB and the National Government, is exploring a cooperative distribution model to make fertilizers more accessible to farmers across the six sub-counties.
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16 Feb
By: Peter Koima 0

NANDI COUNTY ADVANCES TO NAVCDP: Focusing on Commercialization and Value Chain Development for Smallholder Farmers

Nandi County is pleased to be among counties advancing to NARIGP’s phase TWO, known as NAVCDP, which shifts its focus from only Productivity and Profitability to commercialization and Value Chain development.
National Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (NAVCDP) builds on NARIGP/KCSAP efforts to enhance productivity and resilience for smallholder farmers transitioning to market-oriented commercialized farming.
The project aims to increase market participation and value addition for targeted farmers in select value chains, including those who are “in transition” or have “transitioned” from subsistence to commercialization.
During the Inaugural Implementation Support Mission, the CECM for Agriculture Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat led the County Government of Nandi Project Coordinating Unit CPCU, while representing the Agriculture CECM Caucus, in welcoming the new 5-year project. The County department of Agriculture is happy to announce that NAVCDP will scale up its reach to more farmers and wards in our county.
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24 Jan
By: Peter Koima 0

Expanding Coffee Production in Nandi County

The County Government of Nandi through its Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development is working to increase the coffee production in Nandi County and make it one of the leading, if not top, coffee-producing counties in Kenya. Some of the strategies earmarked by the Agriculture directorate include expanding production in suitable agroecological zones in the North and South Coffee Belts, which include specific regions with higher potential in the county.

Beginning this January, the department’s expansion efforts include mapping, registering, profiling and training farmers in preparation for increased production. It is also working closely with coffee researchers and farmers’ cooperatives to propagate over 2,000,000 coffee seedlings this year.

The Northern Coffee Belt includes Chepterwai, Kipkaren, Ndalat, Kabisaga, and Lelmokwo Ngechek wards, and the Southern Coffee Belt encompasses Ol’lessos, Kapchorwa, Tindiret, Songhor Soba, Kapsimotwo, Chemelil-Chemase, Koyo-Ndurio, Kobujoi Maraba, and Terik Wards.

In addition to coffee, the department is also supporting the development of high-yielding value chains such as dairy, avocado, and tea in the central belt. The central belt is made up of Kurgung Surungai, Kabiyet, Sang’alo Kebulonik, Chepkumia, Kapkangani, Kapsabet and Kilibwoni wards in Mosop and Emgwen Sub Counties.

It also includes Chemundu Kapng’etuny, Kosirai, Kaptel Kamoiywo, Kiptuya, Lessos, Nandi Hills and Kabwareng wards Chesumei,Nandi Hills & Aldai Sub Counties.

To further this goal, the CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat made a visit to the Coffee Research Institute (CRI) to learn about new developments in the coffee industry and discuss potential collaborations with the management, led by Dr. Jane Cheserek. #ContinuedTransformation #DolaMashinani

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28 Dec
By: Peter Koima 0


The County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development continues to demonstrate its determination and commitment to investing heavily and promoting avocado 🥑 farming so as to attract more farmers to venture into the lucrative business for the county’s development.
To achieve this, Governor Stephen Sang’s led administration is taking robust measures including producing and availing quality certified seedlings, promoting mass production, provision of extension services and now construction of Avocado 🥑 processing and storage facilities.
On Wednesday, the Ag. Chief Officer in charge of Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Samson Bitok led the county engineers among other technical staff from the department in the official handing over of a site earmarked for the construction of Nandi Avocado Aggregation Centre & Packhouse to the project managers & contractors, Interbuild Engineering Ltd Company.
Dr. Bitok urged the contractor to strictly adhere to all the provisions of the contract agreement & stipulated timelines and offer job opportunities to the local residents particularly the youth and women.
The construction works for the facility with a capacity to process and store 22 tonnes of avocado 🥑 per day is expected to start in earnest and completed in June 2023 at Lolduga area in Lessos Ward, Nandi Hills Sub County.
Speaking during the handing over, the NARIGP County Project Coordinator Mr. Jared Mutai challenged Lessos residents to join the Avocado co-operative movement in the county and increase their acreage under avocado farming noting that there shall be a constant and ready market for their produce once the facility is operational.
The Nandi Hills Assistant County Commissioner ACC Mr Njoroge, made the point that the area community and Nandi at large need to redouble their efforts to establish more Avocado, saying his home county Muranga earned sh 5b last year from avocado 🥑.
The project being implemented by the County Government of Nandi through the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project NARIGP seeks to empower and enable smallholder farmers organized under the Nandi Avocado Farmers’ Cooperative Society value add their produce and tap into the avocado 🥑 global market. #ContinuedTransformation
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19 Dec
By: Peter Koima 0


The County Department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development on Monday held its first consultative and sensitization forum with Members of the County Assembly led by the County Speaker Hon. Cheruiyot Melly to; create awareness and assist the honorable members to best understand and appreciate the statuses of various ward-specific projects and ASDSP II programme, being implemented by the department in collaboration with other strategic development partners, across all 30 wards.

Facilitating the session, the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme ASDSP II coordinator Mr Job Kosgei highlighted key achievements and shared areas of support needed by the project which supports four priority Value Chains namely, Cow Milk, Maize, Fish, and Indigenous Chicken.

Some of the notable milestones made by the project include the capacity building of farmers that led to the formation of the Nandi Dairy Cooperative Union (NDCU), a federation of over 40 primary Cooperatives, spearheading the implementation of Nandi Cooperative Creameries (NCC), the establishment of a fish hatchery in Songor-Soba Ward, Super-efficient Poultry hatchery in Kaimosi ATC among many more.

These, he noted, have led to increased income for farmers, improvement in food security, increased yields of priority Value Chains as well as the creation of on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities for women and youth.

Agriculture and Cooperative Development Executive Committee Member Dr Kiplimo Araap Lagat who moderated the session revealed that the forum made headways on the initiation and legislation of various bills including the Nutrition, Kaimosi ATC, and Cooperative Bills among others through the constructive consultative session.

Deputy Governor H.E. Dr Yulita Mitei Cheruiyot, who chaired the session, urged the departments and the county assembly to work as a team for the success of devolution in our beloved county. “We can work together and engage as one team and contribute to transforming the county and taking it to the next level,” said the DG.

In his remarks, the County speaker Hon. Melly hailed the consultative meeting as a milestone that must be organized on a regular basis in order to enhance service delivery through appropriate legislation and oversight. Sentiments that were loudly echoed by the assembly clerk who emphasized that both the Executive and the Legislature ought to work in tandem if the county needs to excel in the sector he described as the mainstay and backbone of the county’s economy.

In attendance was the entire house leadership led by the Deputy Speaker, leaders of both Majority and Minority parties, the Chief Whip, the chair of the Agriculture Committee and the honorable members. Also present was the CECM for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Hillary Serem and representatives from Nutrition International and Agriculture Department. #ContinuedTransformation

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30 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0


Nandi Governor has appointed members of a Taskforce to conduct an extensive review on Multinational Tea Companies engagement in Tea Sub-sector in Nandi County. The taskforce will develop a tripartite report that will provide a roadmap to facilitate sustainable solutions and coexistence between multinationals, communities and all stakeholders involved with the tea sub-sector across the County.


The Members of the Taskforce are:

John Cheruiyot – Chairman

Rev. Elijah Yego

Dr. Bernard Kiplimo Lagat

Dr. Philemon Bureti

CPA Alfred Lagat

Steven Rotich

Dr. Ruth Choge

Wilson Kipkogei Lelmengit


The Secretariat:

Godfrey Sang

Kibet Gim Awi

Maureen Chepngetich

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14 Oct
By: Faith Songok 2


The national economic vision of the hustler economy has identified cooperative societies as socio-economic enterprises whose framework of operations is in line with the productivity and profitability model of bottom-up economics, that integrate harmonious bearings to low-income populations.

Cooperative societies have demonstrated this through their enterprise approach of pooling member resources to accommodate a low-income member with a cost-benefit platform through shared capital expenditure and sharing of risk while ensuring members’ autonomy and independence of ownership is maintained.

It is on this mandate, that the County Government of Nandi is committed to the process of finalizing policy and legislation interventions that reflect on the structure of cooperative contexts in Nandi aimed at enactment of a comprehensive Nandi County Cooperatives Development Policy and the first ever Nandi County Cooperatives Act.

These are legislative frameworks that will ensure every cooperative in Nandi has secured property rights, access to finance, and a supportive regulatory framework to actively participate in a more enabling environment stipulated on law.

On Thursday, the department of Agriculture and Cooperative development, in collaboration with global communities legislative consultants had a physical meet up to continue on the analysis of the operational legal contexts of the various cooperative activities in Nandi and build on legislative interventions that speak to Nandi cooperative interests and concepts in a way that gives legal effect to the strategic policies and legislation drafted, guided by the national cooperative law as framework to guide the regulatory reform.

Technical team in session.

Open governance and effective service delivery form the major principles that the team is basing on to ensure a robust, supportive legal backbone for a much anticipated vibrant Nandi cooperative movement.

Director Cooperative Development, Mr. Stalin Koech


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