News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

10 Nov
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

EMPOWERING COFFEE FARMERS TO EARN MORE INCOME

In a bid to achieve increased productivity, stimulate value addition and attract good prices for coffee growing farmers in Nandi, the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development is supporting coffee cooperative societies through capacity building programmes, provision of seedlings as well as infrastructural support.

On Saturday, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang officially commissioned Kapsaos-Toretmoi Coffee Growers Cooperative Society modern pulping machine at Kapsaos that was donated to them by the County Government under a programme to boost cash crop farming in the County.

To ensure farmers are economically empowered, the administration is promoting income generating ventures through the initiation of agribusiness activities for cash crop farmers. Speaking during the distribution of 80,000 more coffee seedlings at Kaborogin Koyo/Ndurio ward, the county boss revealed that first batch farmers who were beneficiaries of the subsidized coffee seedlings were already reaping the fruits of this initiative.

The seedlings were raised by Kapsaos-Toretmoi Coffee Growers Cooperative Society Kaborogin branch on behalf of the County Government after receiving coffee seeds in order to benefit coffee farmers across the county. This will also enable them form a strong Coffee Union to work on these modalities. #TransformingNandi

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08 Nov
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 0

KOITALEL SAMOEI UNIVERSITY SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TO ESTABLISH A CAMPUS IN KAIMOSI AGRICULTURAL TRAINING CENTRE..

 

Nandi is an Agricultural County with a better part of its population greatly depending on it for their well-being. Therefore, there is a need to introduce more and better strategies of improving the sector. One of these strategies include bringing knowledge and skills closer to the farmers, strengthening research and innovation as well as enhancing professionalism this field. Koitalel Samoei University is looking forward to partnering with the county so as to achieve this.

Today the members of Koitalel Samoei University Council and representatives from the Ministry of Education visited the county to brainstorm on possible areas of collaboration, asses on the suitability and availability of resources for the establishment of Koitalel Samoei University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science in Kaimosi Agricultural Training Center (ATC).

According to the Principal of Koitalel Samoei University, Prof. Gideon Misoi, the University will have it’s Main Campus is Nandi-Hills and planning to have other branches in the Sub-Counties. He further added that the institution has earmarked Kaimosi ATC as potential campus with the priority of establishing Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science there.

The team from Koitalel Samoei University led by the University Council Chairman Prof. Risly Ngala together with the County’s Departments of Education and Vocational Training; and that of Agriculture and Co-operative Development held a consultative meeting to discuss on the potentiality of Kaimosi ATC as one of it’s training centers. The team together with Julius Kiboi-, the Principal, Kaimosi ATC toured the center and assessed the training capacity as well as the availability of land and other resources.

The CECM for Education, Research and Vocational Training, Grace Sugut, affirmed that the County Government of Nandi is looking forward to partnering with Koitalel Samoei University so as to bring the training programs closer to the people.

Chief Officer for Agriculture and Co-operative Development
Mr. Wilson Lelei applauded Koitalel Samoei University for identifying the potential of Kaimosi ATC saying that it will open up better opportunities for acquisition of knowledge and skill practice leading to the improvement in Agricultural productivity in the county.

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04 Nov
By: Kipsaro Boit 0 0

KOITALEL SAMOEI UNIVERSITY SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TO ESTABLISH A CAMPUS IN KAIMOSI ATC.

Nandi is an Agricultural County with a better part of its population greatly depending on it for their well-being. Therefore, there is a need to introduce more and better strategies of improving the sector. One of these strategies include bringing knowledge and skills closer to the farmers, strengthening research and innovation as well as enhancing professionalism this field. Koitalel Samoei University is looking forward to partnering with the county so as to achieve this.

The delegation to Kaimosi ATC led by Prof. Risley Ngala and Grace Sugut (middle) during the visit.

Today the members of Koitalel Samoei University Council and representatives from the Ministry of Education visited the county to brainstorm on possible areas of collaboration, asses on the suitability and availability of resources for the establishment of Koitalel Samoei University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science in Kaimosi Agricultural Training Center (ATC).

Prof. Misoi and Prof. Ngala appropriating a section of livestock production

According to the Principal of Koitalel Samoei University, Prof. Gideon Misoi, the University will have it’s Main Campus is Nandi-Hills and planning to have other branches in the Sub-Counties. He further added that the institution has earmarked Kaimosi ATC as potential campus with the priority of establishing Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science there.
 
The team from Koitalel Samoei University led by the University Council Chairman Prof. Risly Ngala together with the County’s Departments of Education and Vocational Training; and that of Agriculture and Co-operative Development held a consultative meeting to discuss on the potentiality of Kaimosi ATC as one of it’s training centers. The team together with Julius Kiboi-, the Principal, Kaimosi ATC toured the center and assessed the training capacity as well as the availability of land and other resources.
 
The CECM for Education, Research and Vocational Training, Grace Sugut, affirmed that the County Government of Nandi is looking forward to partnering with Koitalel Samoei University so as to bring the training programs closer to the people.

CEC Member in charge of Education, Research and VTC Grace Sugut and Chief Officer in charge of Agriculture Wilson Lelei duing the meeting

 
Chief Officer for Agriculture and Co-operative Development
Mr. Wilson Lelei applauded Koitalel Samoei University for identifying the potential of Kaimosi ATC saying that it will open up better opportunities for acquisition of knowledge and skill practice leading to the improvement in Agricultural productivity in the county.
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25 Oct
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

SUPPORTING FARMERS ADOPT SOLUTIONS TO COMBAT EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Recognizing the importance of Sustainable Land Management, the County Government of Nandi, through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development is implementing the Sustainable Land Management SLM/SFM project in collaboration with KALRO, AGRA & UNEP in order to encourage farmers adopt solutions to combat effects of climate change by stopping encroachment and degradation of natural habitats.

On Thursday, the department organized for SLM Farmer’s Field Day held at Kurgung Micro Catchment area in Kiptangus village, Kurgung/Surungai ward. Addressing farmers during the event, County project coordinator Eng. Japhet Kirwa revealed the project’s objective to increase smallholder productivity through ups-calling of sustainable land management.

KALRO Alupe centre Deputy director Dr. David Mbakaya urged farmers to emulate what they picked during the Field Day in their respective farms. Dr. Mbakaya commended the county Government for to organizing such a successful and field day to educate and sensitize farmers about the project.

CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat lauded Kurgung Surungai residents for being swift in adopting solutions to climate change by planting traditional tree and fruit trees towards conservation of environment, especially along the springs and the water catchment areas.

Dr. Lagat appreciated the support by the partners and exhibitors while challenging the residents to tap on the opportunity. He lauded SLM innovation platform members for embracing apiculture and at the same time challenged them to do value addition of their produce.

Also present during the Field Day were the area MCA Hon. Pius Murrey, Assistant County Commissioner Mr Peter Olekitesheran, Chief Officer Agriculture among others. #TransformingNandi

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22 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

COUNTY SET TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF STALLED MARKETS

The county government of Nandi is in speed to complete all stalled markets in the county as a way of increasing space for the growing small scale traders.

According to the Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, completion of the markets will not only create more space for traders but also increase revenue collection for the county as well as creating employment for hundreds of residents.

Speaking during a visit to the stalled Kobujoi market, the County boss added that the county government is also working to enhance sanitation within the markets by ensuring that the markets have functional toilets and sufficient water supply.

“We are undertaking completion works at the stalled Kobujoi market in order to operationalize it for a conducive business environment and creation of job opportunities through encouraging our people to venture into business,” said the Governor.

“We just don’t want to have markets but we want to have markets that provide a conducive environment for our traders. We will work to ensure that the markets have adequate supply of water and other amenities like toilets,” he added.

The governor said his administration will replicate this in different urban centres across the county.

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16 Oct
By: Peter Kiprop 0 3

CELEBRATING WORLD FOOD DAY

Nandi County today joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Food Day at Mama Damaris Chemogos farm in Cheptil, Kabisaga Ward. Mama Damaris is a dedicated, hard working and highly spirited farmer trying to utilize every aspect she has at hand to increase food production.

According to UNICEF, 1 in 3 children around the world suffer from a poor diet. Meaning over 200 million children face life-long health problems because they don’t get enough food or are eating food that doesn’t contain enough nutrients. In Nandi,

On this day, the County department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development organized for farmers Field Day and exhibition at Cheptil Cooling Plant promoting sustainable agriculture and production of nutritious organic foods in Nandi County to mark the day.

Speaking during the event, CECM in charge of Agriculture & Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat took this chance to advocate for sustainable organic food production that will increase both Food & Nutrition Security and reduce levels of Malnutrition in Nandi County and Country at large.

The annual celebration of World Food Day is an effort by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), of the United Nations UN, and sister organization World Food Programme (WFP), to help address malnutrition and hunger across the world. This year, it aims to push people everywhere to take action, under the theme: “Our Actions Are Our Future.”

Also present during the celebrations were Mosop Sub-County Administrator Mr. Nehemiah Chumbah, County Director of Agriculture, County director for fisheries, Sub-County Crop Officer among others.

#TransformingNandi

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09 Oct
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

NARIGP TO LEVERAGE ON TALENT & ART TO PROMOTE AGRICULTURE AMONG THE YOUTH

The County Government of Nandi through the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project, NARIGP is set to begin a rigorous sensitization campaign among the residents of Nandi to educate members of public more on the NARIGP programme, especially among the vulnerable members of the society including the youth, women and people living with disabilities (PWDs).

In order to ensure this is achieved, the project took a deliberate action to train talented youths drawn from different parts of the county who will, through their unique talents, mobilize community members to actively participate in the project .

NARIGP is a five year programme seeking to increase agricultural productivity and profitability of targeted rural communities in selected counties in Kenya. Further, the programme is expected to provide immediate and effective response in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency.

While addressing the workshop, Chief Officer in-charge Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei noted that youth have an opportunity and potential to explore, nurture and prosper their talents even as they partake the exercise.

The CO observed that many residents were not familiar with the programme and stated that it was the role of these talented youth to act as ambassadors who will move around the 20 participating wards mobilizing communities about NARIGP.

“Through your input, the programme is set to reach and influence the targeted members of the community who may otherwise not be aware of this noble project,” added Lelei.

Nandi County NARIGP Coordinator Mr. Jared Mutai in his introductory remarks stressed on the need to engage the unemployed youth in Agriculture and also on “understanding the bigger picture” as it involves not only farming but fields which can be diversified into Agribusiness.

Mutai stated that mobilization was still a gap and that the training was timely and important as it will guide the participants who will then be tasked to help in mobilization especially for macro and multi community projects thus bridging the gap.

A total of forty youth successfully underwent the participatory theater training organized by NARIGP in collaboration with the County government at Kaimosi Agricultural Training Center ATC. The workshop was well attended by young talented people among them two special needs people, one who is visually impaired and another who is physically challenged to walk.

According to Ms. Caroline Lagat who is in-charge of NARIGP component three, the group of 40 youth will be very resourceful in sensitizing and mobilizing the community using using their art and talent. She revealed that the use of art and talent has proved to be an ideal tool to influence more youth to take up agribusiness.

Susan Njeri, Head of Participatory Education Theatre at NARIGP appreciated the participants for the utmost cooperation throughout the training. Njeri noted that the project intends to use performing arts to make agriculture cool and attract most of them to embrace agriculture

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07 Oct
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

UPGRADING CHICKEN VALUE CHAIN FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY

In view of up-scaling the Indigenous Chicken Value Chain in the County, the County Government of Nandi in collaboration with National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project, NARIGP has today launched the Nandi County Chicken Value Chain Stakeholders Platform.

The objective of the platform is to identify areas of synergy, collaboration and partnerships among the stakeholders as well as identifying Value Chain constraints and opportunities within the county to ensure that the value chain develop to maturity.

Addressing stakeholders during the stakeholders platform launch at AIC Bible College Kapsabet, CECM for Agriculture Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat noted that the Value Chain is not only important in ensuring sufficient supply of energy and proper nutrition for our people but also a good source of income.

Dr Lagat added that the county government wants to avoid making “predict and provide policies” but instead formulate policies from informed positions as advised by the relevant stakeholders.

Nandi Assistant County Commissioner commended the stakeholders for heeding the call to collaborate with the county government in developing a roadmap that would reshape the role of agriculture in the economy of the County and Country at large.

He further lauded the NARIGP team for working diligently and with utmost integrity. “I seat in the project’s disciplinary and complains committee, and so far we’ve not encounter any challenge with Nandi County.” said the commissioner.

Also present were the Chief Officer Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei, Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Directors and deputy Directors, Project coordinator and other staff.

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27 Sep
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

NANDI ASDSP II BASELINE SURVEY ENUMERATORS TRAINED

A group of 33 enumerators drawn from across county who competitively satisfied a panel of interviewers edging out over 600 other applicants to be among the number have successfully completed their three day training.

According to the County Programme Coordinator Mr. Job Kosgei, the purpose of the survey which begins on Monday 30th September, is to establish benchmarks against which the programme will be monitored on routine and evaluated at mid and end term levels.

While officially closing the three day Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) II baseline survey enumerators training, the CECM member for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat noted that data is what drives descion making and policy formulation of the government at the executive level.

Dr. Lagat revealed that policies at the level of the government are now based on the data the county have and what is collect. “As we roll out ASDSP baseline survey, the data collected is going to be key in helping us tailor strategies to suit the needs of farmers.” added Dr. Lagat.

On Thursday, Chief Officer for Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei had a chance to address the enumerators and encouraged them to give their best and collect accurate and correct data as it will inform decisions made by the department.

The objective of ASDSP II is to develop a sustainable priority value chains for improved income, food and nutrition security.

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26 Sep
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

MORE FARMERS TRAINED ON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS

More farmers entrusted by the community to spearhead community projects under the National Agricultural & Rural Inclusive Growth Project, NARIGP have concluded a four day training workshop on financial management in a bid to develop a culture of accountability and responsibility.

This week was the turn of Community Driven Development Committee CDDC and Social Accountability and Integrity Committee SAIC members from Aldai, Mosop, Chesumei and Emgwen Sub Counties, who have been mandated and tasked by members of their respective communities to spearhead community projects.

Like their peers in Nandi Hills and Tinderet who have already been trained, the participants were rigorously taken through financial tenets on Budgeting, Accounting, Procurement, banking operation, auditing, monitoring and evaluation by the NARIGP finance experts in a bid to impart farmers with best financial practices as they go about implementing community projects.

Financial literacy remains to be a crucial aspect to ensuring CDDC and SAIC members diligently utilize the resources allocated to them. Therefore, the training endeavor to enhance farmers’ financial management knowledge and skill to guide them in effective decision making.

It is envisioned that NARIGP will help farmers boost their agricultural productivity and profitability leading to improved livelihoods and reduced vulnerabilities

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