News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

17 Jul
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

MILK COOLING PLANTS TO BE SET UP IN ALL 30 WARDS

A total of 30 structures are to be built and commissioned in the next 2 months across the county whereby one structure is to be raised in each ward which will house the milk cooling plants that will be distributed once the structures are complete.

This is after the Department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development on Tuesday officially handed over cooling sites to the contractors for construction work to commence.

Speaking during the site handing over, the Chief Officer for Cooperative Development Dr. Benadatte Tiony noted that setting up of the structures to house the coolers is timely since the construction of a milk processing plant at kabiyet is ongoing.

An effort she says will help reduce the distance covered by farmers from their farm gates to the cooling plants for bulking before the milk is transported to the processing plant which will have capacity to process 100,000 litres of milk in a day.

In a bid to increase milk production in the county, the department has embarked on a programme to first improve the breeds of cattle in the county with an intention of getting high yielding cows in the near future.

Besides provision of affordable AI services, the department is currently rehabilitating 60 cattle dips, two in every ward, as a primary measure of disease control among other vital extension services.

Dr. Tiony urged the primary dairy cooperative societies to join the Nandi County Dairy Cooperative Union as this is the apex and it will help them have a unified voice as the dairy sector.

For sustainability, the Chief Officer advised the cooperators to regularly participate in capacity building and trainings on leadership, management and governance which will be sponsored by the Cooperative Department.

Provision of the cooling machines will not only enhance sale of quality milk but also eliminate milk hawking of contaminated milk.

Also present during the site handing over were the Sub County Administrator, area MCAs and the management of respective cooperative societies. Residents welcomed the initiative saying that it will also create employment opportunities for their children who have a background in milk handling

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15 Jul
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

FIRST BATCH OF NARIGP MICRO-PROJECT GRANTS APPROVED FOR DISBURSEMENT

National Agricultural & Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) County Project Steering Committee (CPSC) members today met to ratify and approve, among other issues, the disbursement of the 1st batch of Micro- Project grants to Community Driven Development Committee (CDDCs) and funding proposals.

NARIGP project is providing grants to Common Intrest Groups (CiGs) ranging from Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 500,000 to finance micro-projects developed along prioritized value chains namely Dairy, Indigenous Chicken, Irish Potato and Avocado. To date, 64 proposals have been developed out of which 45 groups drawn from 8 participating wards have been approved for funding.

In today’s meeting chaired by Agriculture Executive committee Member Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat and attended by COs Agriculture Wilson Lelei and his Counterpart for Cooperative Development Dr. Benerdate Tiony, the committee approved disbursement of funds amounting to over Ksh 15M to the successful applicants of the grants.

The committee also ratified formalization of NARIGP Producer Organizations POs for Dairy and Potato Value chain and approved their funding proposals. Those who were given priority include the vulnerable and marginalized community members.

Nandi is among 21 counties implementing NARIGP, whose objective is to increase agricultural productivity and profitability of rural communities in targeted counties, and in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, to provide immediate and effective response.

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06 Jul
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

DISTRIBUTION OF OVER 50,000 CERTIFIED COFFEE SEEDLINGS TO FARMER IN COOPERATIVES, COMMISSIONED DURING USHIRIKA DAY

The County Government of Nandi Department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development on Saturday joined the rest of the world in commemorating the 97th International Day of Cooperatives locally known as ‘Ushirika Day’. The day is observed worldwide every first Saturday of July every year to allow cooperators reflect on the achievements of cooperative movements. This year, the celebration was themed ‘Cooperatives For Decent Work’.

During the celebrations held at AIC Kapsabet Bible College, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang commissioned distribution of over 50,000 certified coffee seedlings to be distributed to farmers through different cooperative societies in all the six Sub Counties in Nandi.

 

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang issuing seedlings to cooperative societies.

 

 

While addressing the cooperators, Governor Sang noted that Nandi County has over 70,000 cooperative members with a share capital/deposit of over Sh1.3 billion and turnover of over Sh1.2 billion, majority of whom practice farming, and thus the sector should receive necessary attention and support.

The County boss said that provision of seedlings to coffee farmers was one among many programs by his administration aimed at improving the sector for more economic benefit to the residents of Nandi.

Sang revealed that the Enterprise Fund Policy which will assist Cooperative societies to access affordable credit facilities, through a revolving fund, was at advance stage and soon it will be operational.

“I encourage all savings and credit cooperatives societies to lead in mobilizing resources and to prudently manage them so that in future they will be able to do business with other small cooperative societies who will be in need of affordable financial services.” said Sang.

Youth and women are also encouraged to take the advantage of the revolving fund once it is operational.

On his part, CECM Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat said that his department will continue supporting and strengthening cooperative societies saying that they’re vehicles for rapid economic growth in the County.

 

CECM Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat addressing Cooperators

 

 

“As people centered enterprises & key development actors, Cooperatives have an important role to play in the creation of decent jobs, social and economic empowerment of local communities.” said Dr Lagat.

He also urged the cooperative societies to to put into consideration the principle of good governance for the success and smooth running of cooperative societies.

Chief Officer Cooperative Development Dr. Benerdate Tiony led the County Government in taking stock of the achievements by the societies over the past year, recognize and reward the best performing cooperators to grow the movement to higher levels.

Cooperatives Director Mr. Stalin Koech receiving an award from Governor Sang

 

 

Prudent management of the cooperatives and SACCOs will ensure economic growth and I’m turn transform the livelihoods of members.

Ushirika day 2019, which began with an awareness march from Kapsabet town to AIC Bible college, gave an opportunity for cooperators to show how they run successful business while respecting natural environment and resources as a sure way of improving the livelihood of their members.

Farmers and cooperators participated and shown their commitment towards growth & development of cooperative societies.

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20 Jun
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

Nandi Irish Potato Stakeholders Platform Launched.

Irish and Sweet potatoes are the second most important food crops after maize in the country poised to significantly contribute to the food security component of the government’s big four agenda.

The demand for both Irish and sweet potatoes is increasing countrywide with entrepreneurs venturing in value addition of the same. Increased production, therefore, presents an opportunity for farmers to improve their food security situation and income from the sales of surplus.

Through the National Agricultural Rural Inclusive Growth Project NARIGP, the County Government of Nandi has identified the Irish Potato value chain as one of the key areas of supporting small scale farmers organized in cooperative societies increase their crop production and profitability.

NARIGP project, which is funded by the World Bank and implemented by the county Government of Nandi aims to help smallholder farmers to increase their household revenue and food security through training on good agricultural practices, facilitating access to affordable certified potato seed and creating linkages with formal and non-formal markets for their produce. The project will also fund proposals along those lines.

It is from this that the project has launched the Nandi Irish Potato Stakeholders Platform in the county bringing together actors representing the Producers, Processors, Government, and Financial Institutions.

Speaking during the launch held at the Kapsabet Agricultural Show Ground, CECM Agriculture Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat appreciated the tenets of the project saying that it is designed as a farmers based project whereby farmers receive money and implementing through the Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs). This he said is in sync with the department’s policy to decentralize and devolve funds and functions in all the projects.

Dr. Lagat lauded NARIGP for taking the lead through the Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs).

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18 Jun
By: Remmy Butia 0 1

KAPSABET SLAUGHTER HOUSE RE-OPENED AFTER RENOVATION

The Kapsabet town slaughterhouse has been re-opened after a massive renovation following its closure in September 2016 by the department of public health vide Miscellaneous Application No. 159/2016.

The slaughterhouse facility with a capacity to slaughter 20 to 25 cattle and 25 to 30 sheep and goats a day is fully equipped with a freezer. Meat is now processed in a clean environment, which prevents spoilage and contamination with dirt and infectious agents. Economic losses related to meat processing will be minimized and waste management will reduce environmental contamination. The meat inspection process helps prevent diseases such as tuberculosis that can be transmitted from animals to human beings and also supports the general surveillance and reporting of livestock diseases.

Apart from the slaughter house and its related machineries, the facility also has a feedlot centre and a holding ground.

The slaughterhouse is expected to provide the much needed market for livestock farmers from the region.

Speaking while handing over the facility, Kapsabet Municipality Public Health Officer Linus Kogo explained that the slaughterhouse will create awareness on the importance of ante-mortem inspection to assess the animal’s suitability for slaughter and eventual human consumption and post-mortem inspection to confirm suitability for human consumption.

“It will also enhance the skills and knowledge on solid and liquid waste management to ensure proper disposal of waste in the slaughter facility,” said Linus.

“The abattoir was closed down due to poor working conditions which posed a threat to consumers and this has now been addressed,” he said.

Mr. Kogo urged the butchers association to properly maintain the facility.

“This Slaughterhouse is well constructed and clean and you need to keep it clean and maintain it,” he said.

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13 Jun
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

MOSOP DAIRY FARMERS URGED TO EMBRACE NEW TECHNOLOGIES TOWARDS DAIRY PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY

Kabiyet Dairies Farmers’ Cooperative Society in Mosop Sub-County on Thursday hosted the third Dairy Stakeholder’s Exhibition at Kabiyet grounds which ended with a call on farmers to embrace new technologies and innovations in their day to day running of the sector, as this will improve their productivity and profitability.

Officiating the farmers Field Day which attracted 523 farmers and 24 stakeholders, Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei, noted that the dairy sub sector is a key source of income, among many farmers in Mosop Sub-County that immensely contribute towards attainment of food security, a key pillar in the National Government’s Big Four Agenda.

DR. Yulita Mitei being taken round the stands by the County programme coordinator Mr. Samuel Rono.

 

Dr. Yulita urged farmers to adopt new technologies and best practices showcased at the exhibition that will help them solve challenges affecting their production and quality of milk that sometimes compromise prices of their produce.

With the establishment of a milk processing plant in the area and availability of quality subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) Semen by the County Government, farmers are assured of not only good breeds but also year in- year out market and good prices of their produce, and thus more residents are encouraged to take up dairy farming.

Small Holder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) County Programme Coordinator Mr. Samuel Rono revealed that the programme, which is jointly funded by the Government of Kenya and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has earmarked funds towards purchase of 3 milk coolers, 1 pasteurizer and 1 dispenser for Kabiyet Dairy Farmers’ Cooperative Society.

Kabiyet dairies is one of the trailblazers, among many member primary cooperative societies forming Nandi Dairy Farmers Cooperative Union which will eventually own the Nandi Dairy Cooperative Creameries in Kabiyet.

Today’s event brought together all major stakeholders in the dairy sector including farmers, Agrodealers, technology entrepreneurs, financial institutions among others.

The overall goal of the programme is to increase the income of the poor rural household that depend substantially on production and trade of dairy and dairy related products for their livelihoods.

#TransformingNandi

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08 Jun
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

Maonyesho Ya Kilimo

Kwa mara nyingine, wakulima wote katika jimbo ndogo la Mosop wanakaribishwa kwenye hafla muhimu ya washikadau wote katika sekta hii ili kuzungumzia jinsi ya kuboresha ukuzaji wa ngombe wa maziwa kutumia teknolojia na mbinu za kisasa. Karibuni #NandiYabadilika #TugaTai

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24 May
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

ASDSP VALUE CHAINS PLATFORM SENSITIZATION

The County Government of Nandi department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development through the Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) II is determined to empower farmers in the Dairy, Maize, Indigenous chicken and Fish value chains through capacity building, technical and financial support, to the key actors who play a critical role in ensuring that our County and country at large, remain food secure.

The platform sensitization forum brought together the value chain actors among them farmers, Millers, Aggregators, and Agronomists among others to discuss and open opportunities for business synergy in all the value chains.

Key objective of the four days being sensitization of the value chain platform (VCP) members on ASDSP 11 and to make the understand their roles and mandate as VCP members in the implementation of the Strategic Intergraded Value Chain Action Plan (SIVCAP) and to select the Value Chain Core Group (VCCG) members, Project Management Team (PMT) and Social Audit Team (SAT).

County Programme Coordinator Mr. Job Kosgei gave brief opening remarks each day of the workshop urging the participants in each value chain platform to work in collaboration and coordination in order to achieve the intended goal of the programme which is to increase productivity, improve Entrepreneual skills, Market access linkages, and county structures strengthened.

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21 May
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

Dairy Stakeholders Exhibition

Dairy farmers and residents in Kobujoi Ward, Aldai Sub County on Tuesday gathered at Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society for the second Dairy Stakeholders Exhibition organized by the department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development through the Small Holder Dairy Commercial Programme SDCP.

Nandi Governor H.E Stephen Sang inspecting the newly installed milk cooler at Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society. PHOTO COURTESY (Peter Koima)

In an occasion attended by hundreds of participants and graced by Governor Stephen Sang, dairy stakeholders showcased their products not only to farmers but also students in both primary and secondary schools who were present, eager to learn from the best in the industry.
 
Field days have been an integral part of practical farming since day in memorial when farmers would come together to share details of on farm research and demonstration and learn from each other in a spirit of openness and curiosity.
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While addressing the attendants, Governor Sang recognized the need for a sustainable approach to agriculture, saying that one of the solution identified by his administration emphasizes farmer education in methods and technologies that have positive effects on farming.
 
“Capacity building program will increase farmers’ knowledge, income and sustainability of agricultural practices.” said Sang during the exhibition at Kesogon.
 
According to the County SDCP coordinator Mr Samwel Rono, the programme has invested a whooping Ksh 2.5 Million in Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society, Ksh 2.2 Million for the ICT and Ksh 370,000 for milk marketing.
 
Chief Officer Cooperative Development Dr Benadatte Tiony rallied for more residents to subscribe as members of the cooperative society saying that it was the main vehicle used by the County Government to deliver support to farmers.
 
Dr Tiony said that the department is committed to making dairy farming more profitable and it is the reason the department is offering subsidized AI Services to dairy farmers across the Country.
 
The exhibition was held two weeks after a similar event was held in Nandi Hills Sub County and the next Field Day will be held on 6th June 2019 in Chesumei Sub-County. #TransformingNandi
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21 May
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

ALDAI DAIRY STAKEHOLDERS EXHIBITION

Dairy farmers and residents in Kobujoi Ward, Aldai Sub County on Tuesday gathered at Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society for the second Dairy Stakeholders Exhibition organized by the department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development through the Small Holder Dairy Commercial Programme SDCP.

In an occasion attended by hundreds of participants and graced by Governor Stephen Sang, dairy stakeholders showcased their products not only to farmers but also students in both primary and secondary schools who were present, eager to learn from the best in the industry.

Field days have been an integral part of practical farming since day in memorial when farmers would come together to share details of on farm research and demonstration and learn from each other in a spirit of openness and curiosity.

While addressing the attendants, Governor Sang recognized the need for a sustainable approach to agriculture, saying that one of the solution identified by his administration emphasizes farmer education in methods and technologies that have positive effects on farming.

“Capacity building program will increase farmers’ knowledge, income and sustainability of agricultural practices.” said Sang during the exhibition at Kesogon.

According to the County SDCP coordinator Mr Samwel Rono, the programme has invested a whooping Ksh 2.5 Million in Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society, Ksh 2.2 Million for the ICT and Ksh 370,000 for milk marketing.

Chief Officer Cooperative Development Dr Benadatte Tiony rallied for more residents to subscribe as members of the cooperative society saying that it was the main vehicle used by the County Government to deliver support to farmers.

Dr Tiony said that the department is committed to making dairy farming more profitable and it is the reason the department is offering subsidized AI Services to dairy farmers across the Country.

The exhibition was held two weeks after a similar event was held in Nandi Hills Sub County and the next Field Day will be held on 6th June 2019 in Chesumei Sub-County. #TransformingNandi

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