News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

22 May
By: Faith Songok 0 0

NANDI AVOCADO FARMERS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY

The County Government of Nandi has shown  progressive commitment in supporting farmer groups in cooperative societies.

This in line with HE Governor Sang transformational agenda of supporting farmers economically.

A Cooperative Society is a safe cushion to a farmer in facing any production challenge with minimal risks among it being a profitable space where he enjoys immense benefits from a collective pulling of resources and support.

And with the County Government renewed focus on emerging lucrative value chains, Nandi Avocado Farmers Cooperative Society has since been established with its introductory meeting held on Wednesday graced by the CO Cooperative Development, Dr. Bernadette Tiony at the Cooperative Development Building.

Nandi Avocado Farmers Cooperative Society Management courtesy call at CO Cooperative Development Dr. Benadatte Tiony.

The aim of the meeting was a courtsey call and a brief to the office on the progress of the society amidst it seeking guidance of ways of engagements with the county government through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development in achieving its specific objectives.

The County Government through the department has since partnered with key producer and marketing organizations through various partnerships to support and promote Avocado value chain in Nandi County.

Key amongt is True Trade Africa a trade finance organization that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the County Government through the NARIGP project to offer market access linkages to farmers with avocado and Irish potatoes as priority value chains.

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25 Apr
By: Faith Songok 0 2

FARMER COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES’ FUELLING THE COFFEE INDUSTRY IN NANDI

The Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr Benadatte Tiony this week, witnessed distribution of coffee seedlings to farmer cooperative societies in Tinderet, Emgwen and Aldai sub counties.

Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte Tiony distributing coffee seedlings in Aldai Sub county.

This is a continuation of the County Government efforts to strengthen the coffee sector in Nandi County. The County Government seeks to have the cooperative sub sector secure a large share in coffee farming.

Tinderet Sub County Cooperative Officer, distributing seedlings to Farmer Cooperative Societies in Tinderet.

In cooperating the Farmer Cooperative Societies is in the interest of the County Government to have coffee farmers interest secured both in overcoming marketing imperfections and increasing the farmers’ productivity and income.

Lolminingai Farmer Cooperative Society receive coffee seedlings from Betty Koech, Sub County Cooperative Officer.

Farmer Cooperatives that benefitted are Lolminingai Farmer Cooperative Society in Emgwen Sub County. Kapkiyai, Kibukwo, Kabunyeria and Kaabirer Farmer Cooperative Societies’ in Tinderet Subcounty, and Kirgirei, Koimet, South Nandi, Kemeloi, Toretgaa and Kimolinik Farmer Cooperative Societies’ in Aldai Sub County.

Dr. Benadatte Tiony, Chief Officer Cooperative Development supervising the allocation of coffee seedlings.

The County Government through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Society is also looking into increased production, production of quality coffee and coffee marketing.

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09 Mar
By: Faith Songok 0 1

STRENGTHENING CONSULTATIONS TO NOURISH THE DAIRY COOPERATIVE SECTOR.

The Cooperative Development office on Monday led by the Chief Officer, Dr. Benadatte Tiony had consultative talks with Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society Management Committee.

The engagement aimed at addressing ways in which the dairy cooperative could facilitate early and prompt payment to its farmers.

The concern was that, farmers felt that the society was not assuming more milk marketing and sale facilitation especially in the wake of the large informal milk market characterized by rampant hawking of raw milk.

The Chief Officer Dr. Tiony highlighted the various approaches the County Government has taken to provide the dairy processing and marketing institutions within the county; with ways of facilitating high and fast payment of milk to its member farmers.

The establishment of the Nandi Cooperative Creameries is one of them. The processing plant has an installed processing capacity of 100,000 liters per day. It will operate with the 30 cooling plants spread out in every ward in the county; each with a capacity to hold 3000 liters of milk.

The project is expected to be a major boom to dairy cooperatives across Nandi. It will push for better prices of milk output channeled through the dairy societies.

Dr. Tiony also informed on the partnership the Department has with the Department of Trade and Industrialization.

This cooperation aims to put in place revolving fund that will support cooperative societies run their operations.

A Legislation is underway where a bill was prepared, signed by the cabinet and is now before the county assembly for approval. The County Government hopes upon consent of the bill to open the fund to Cooperatives.

The Chief Officer also committed to follow through an application by Aldai Dairy. The application was in request of allocation of investment funds provided for through NARIGP program.

National Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) has supported 8 dairy cooperatives thus far with funds for investment and capacity building.

NARIGP is a project initiated by the national government supported by World Bank aimed at strengthening producer organizations and value chain development.

She also advised the Cooperative Society to consult with Transnational bank. The bank is in liaison with the County Government to help Cooperatives manage their financial scaling through facility funding.

In addition the Chief Officer urged the cooperative to build on their share capital by scaling up their numbers. She stated that the office will help through its Cooperative Officers to carry out capacity building and sensitization on the benefits of joining a cooperative society to farmers in Aldai.

“A large share capital means good business and therefore a good lure to dairy farmers who want to be economically sufficient.”

She encouraged the team to tap into the resources the County Government is providing to conceptualize and deliver trans-formative boost to dairy farmers in the cooperative.

Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte Tiony.

Aldai Dairy Cooperative Society Management Committee.

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07 Mar
By: Faith Songok 0 0

APPLE SACCO SETS PACE IN NANDI COOPERATIVE SECTOR.

With the County Government renewed focus in supporting and enhancing cooperative societies’ economic and social capacity, the Cooperative Development department on Friday joined Apple Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Limited a re brand of Kaimosi Tea Farmer Sacco on their 14th Annual Delegate Meeting held at Kaimosi Agricultural Training Centre.

Gracing the event, Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte J. Tiony applauded the society good progress and urged them to continue impacting the society in their role to support the each other economically.

She also recognized the traversing ability Apple Sacco has achieved in serving two counties. The Sacco has expanded its service membership to the neighboring county Vihiga, a unique feature most Sacco’s in Nandi are yet to achieve.

Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte Tiony.

The Sacco has also embraced the Front Office Service Activity which is performs banking like activities for the Sacco and is fully integrated with Back Office Sacco Activity.

Dr. Tiony also stressed on the importance of SACCOs. She stated that they are a key component to the economic wellbeing of the society.

She more so confirmed that Cooperative Societies contributes largely to the economic score of Nandi and thus why the government is keen to collaborate and include cooperatives among its key transformational agendas.

“Cooperative societies in Nandi have a share capital of over one billion and a turnover of the same hence they stand as economic and social pillars of communities in Nandi.”

The Chief Officer assured the SACCO of the government support, and pledged to facilitate a capacity building training to the society’s management and members.

She also pledged to give the SACCO 5000 coffee seedlings. The provision of coffee seedlings is among the many programs by the County Government aimed at improving the cooperative sector for more economic benefit to farmers in Nandi.

On that note, she informed the members on the need to use the government resources at their proximity like the Kaimosi Farmers Training Centre and the institution bus to build their organization.

The chief officer also urged the members to put in consideration the principle of good governance for the success and smooth operation of the Sacco.

She highlighted on the cooperative office restructure on the compliance framework.

“The office is channeling more structure to the adherence of legal cooperative governance framework. The emphasis on this will amplify transparency in cooperatives, enhance trust among cooperatives thus lure more people to join cooperatives to the immense benefit of all.

Dr. Benadatte concluded that the department will continue supporting and strengthening cooperative societies saying they are instruments for rapid economic growth in the county.

Apple Savings and Credit Society has over 4000 delegates as a representation of its members and is one of the best performing SACCOS in Nandi.

Also in attendance was a representative from Metropol  Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)  who led the members through an extensive talk on the importance of managing cooperative funds frontly through their systems to discourage loan defaulting  and encourage easy management of cash in the cooperative society.

Emgwen Sub County Cooperative Officer, Bismeth Maleya.

Metropol CRB representative.

Sacco delegates following through the meeting

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05 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION TO DEEPEN COOPERATION WITH NANDI COUNTY

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed the willingness to deepen the cooperation with the County Government of Nandi in accelerating development programmes.

FAO representative to Kenya Dr. Tobias Takavarasha, disclosed this when he led national officials on a one day visit to Nandi County.

This was enable them assess the development progress and impact of the Land Governance Programme in Nandi County among other programmes supported by FAO.

The Land Governance Programme is being implemented by FAO in partnership with the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, the National Land Commission (NLC), the National Government and beneficiary County Government’s which include Nandi County funded by the European Union.

While officially receiving the delegation in the County, Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei, appreciated the partnership Nandi County has enjoyed with FAO in various areas of development and warmly welcomed further cooperation.

Dr. Yulita was particular with the support FAO has offered the County administration in the development of a Geo-spatial Information System (GIS) laboratory that supports the County Government in digitization of records related to land and has greatly influenced in decision making and policy formulation.

Since its launch on  May 18 2019, the GIS laboratory has enabled the user departments develop digital data register, which supports better decision making, planning, implementation and monitoring of development projects.

this has driven key interest in land administration, agriculture, natural resources, planning policy and capacity development.

FAO President who was accompanied by Council of Governors representative Ms. Eve Sawe lauded the county administration for adopting the GIS technology and leveraging the facility on prompt decision making in order to ensure effective service delivery.

The visit presented a unique opportunity for the County Government to connect with FAO and establish viable partnerships and support to the County Government on innovations and technology in Food and Agriculture sectors, with Nandi County seen as a potential food basket to help deliver the President’s Big Four Agenda on Food Security.

The team would later visit Kaimosi Agricultural Training Centre ATC where the County Government has partnered with FAO in setting up of a Milk Processing Incubator for Training purposes.

At Kaimosi ATC Mrs. Truphena Jepketer, a beneficiary of the programme gave a testimonial of how the facility has positively imparted her life and that of other women in the society.

“We are indeed grateful to the County Government and FAO for having facilitated our learning on, among other skills, the art of my milk value addition. We can now process Yogurt and Cheese among other milk end products right here in Kaimosi.” said Mrs. Truphena.

The delegation concluded their tour of Nandi by visiting Sireet OEP Tea factory in Nandi Hills for a fact finding mission where they were hosted for an informal lunch meeting by factory Board led by the Chairman. Their discussions centered on ways to strike a working partnership and working together to mutual benefit, particularly to assist smallholder tea farmers diversify, create alternative source of livelihoods and improve on their nutrition.

“A partnership between FAO and Sireet OEP will be an opportunity to work together in a new way,” said Dr Tobias. “Working together with you through FAO is all in our interests and most importantly it will help lead us to defeating mul-nutrition and poverty in this region,” he added.

CECM for Lands, Environment, Water, Natural Resource and Climate Change Dr. Philemon Bureti who accompanied the team appreciated the gesture by FAO to continue supporting and complimenting the county Government initiatives. He reiterated remarks by the Deputy Governor saying that the adoption of the GIS technologies in Nandi brings a lot of transformational data that influences service delivery.

Accordingly to FAO’s representative in Nandi Ms. Linda Achieng, the overall objective of the programme is to improve Food and Nutrition security through equitable and secure access and management of land for better livelihoods and socio-economic development.

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03 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

IRISH AMBASSADOR TO KENYA LAUDS NANDI COUNTY DAIRY SECTOR

Ireland ambassador to Kenya H.E Fionnuala Quinlan has applauded efforts by the County Government of Nandi in transforming the dairy industry and making it a profitable venture through establishment of a value addition facility.

Ms. Fionnuala said that initiatives on dairy farming being championed by the county administration would go a long way in addressing perennial market challenges experienced by dairy farmers.

She made the remarks while visiting to check on the progress of Nandi Cooperative Creameries NCC at Kabiyet Ward, Mosop Sub County. The facility which will be the first Farmer owned Milk processing plant in the region with a capacity to process 100,000l of milk per/day and offer local unemployed youths livelihood opportunities.

Massive investment by the County Government in the sector has attracted the support of development partners including the Irish Government in collaboration with Heifer International who are investing in the county through a project on Catalytic Impact for Dairy Sector Growth in Nandi.

The project seeks to support in its first phase two Dairy Cooperatives namely; Lessos and Kabiyet Dairy Cooperatives and six other Cooperatives in subsequent phases to help develop their dairy business growth, dairy market expansion and introduction as well as scaling up of new technologies and business strategy Innovations that have potential for social and economic impact.

While visiting Lamaiwet Gaa Women group in Kabiyet Ward, the envoy was hugely impressed by the well organized and managed women group who are jointly supported by the County Government and Heifer International.

The women received the visitors at the home of one of their members Mrs Mirrium Talam who had just been blessed with a one week old heifer thanks to the AI Subsidy Programme and together with her husband could not hide their joy.

Heifer International Country Director George Odhiambo who accompanied the Ambassador commended the county Government Artificial Insemination programme which has boosted what Heifer is aiming to achieve.

Governor Sang who accompanied the Ambassador during the launch of the project said that his administration is investing in capacity building for dairy farmers through empowering their Cooperative Societies to venture into technologies that will increase milk production as the county focus on dairy value chain through the ongoing construction of NCC and 30 Milk Coolers across the county.

The visit culminated with the official launch of the Dairy Sector Catalytic Growth Project and issuance of cheques amounting Kshs 7.3m to Lessos and Kabiyet Farmer’s Dairy Cooperatives by H.E Governor Stephen Sang and Ireland ambassador to Kenya H.E Fionnuala Quinlan.

CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat appreciated the good gesture by partners to compliment what the department of Livestock Production is doing to improve the quality of breeds in order to increase on both quality and volumes of milk production.

Dr. Lagat revealed that so far over 30 Producer Organization across the county have been mobilized to join the Nandi Dairy Cooperative Union.

Ms. Quinlan was accompanied accompanied by Heifer International Country Director George Odhiambo, Irish Deputy Head of Mission and head of Cooperation in Kenya Lisa Doherty and their teams.

The Irish Embassy through Heifer International reiterated their commitment to support Nandi Dairy Cooperative Union Producer Organizations POs increase their milk production in preparation for the operationalization of the processing plant.

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28 Feb
By: Peter Kiprop 0 2

FARMERS URGED TO JOIN COOPERATIVES TO GAIN ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

Smallholder Dairy farmers in Aldai have been urged to join co-operative societies or an association if they are to access Government assistance or become more competitive. Chief Officer for Cooperative Development Dr. Benadette Tiony advised farmers during a Farmers’ Field Day held at Mr. Stephen Bii farm in Chepkong’ony zone, in Kaptumo/Kaboi ward, Aldai Sub County.

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development in Collaboration with Aldai Mooi Dairy Cooperative Society had on Thursday organized for Farmers’ Field Day and exhibition on best diary practices.

Speaking during the Field day, Chief Officer Dr. Bernadette Tiony assured farmers that the County Government will continue to support dairy farmers through Cooperatives by installing milk cooling facilities in areas of milk produce as well as trainings and Capacity Building on Milk Handling and Governance.

“In financial year 2019/2020, the department has established 30 new Milk Cooling Plants with a capacity to hold 3000 litres of Milk across all wards in a bid to improve the farmers’ milk production capacity by enabling them to bulk their milk before selling it to processors at a good price.” said Dr. Tiony.

The CO urged farmers who turned up in large numbers to consider joining Dairy Cooperatives noting that it is through such organized groups that the Government will continue channeling support to farmers.

Dr. Tiony warned the cooperative leadership against mismanagement and misappropriation of what farmers had entrusted them with. “The secret of good leadership is to adhere to policy and ethics. I therefore appeal to the Board of Directors to strictly adhere to best Cooperative Governance practices lest they face the dire consequences.”

Chairman Aldai Mooi Dairy Cooperative Abdubrahman Faraj appreciated the support by the county Government towards the Cooperative and the community at large. “We’re grateful for all the support we are receiving as a society from the administration.” said Faraj.

Faraj also revealed that it is now affordable and more convenient to inseminate dairy animals using the County Artificial Insemination AI Subsidy Programme which has also been made readily available anytime.

Aldai Mooi dairies in among six Producer Organisation POs supported by the County Government through the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project NARIGP under the Inclusion and Recruitment Grant.

Among the exhibitors and partners present during the field day include High-Chem, Digi-Cow, KCB Mobi-Grow, Kukuchic, Trans National Bank among others. The key objective of Field was to impart knowledge on Dairy Farmers and On Boarding them as members of Aldai Mooi Dairy Cooperative.

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27 Feb
By: Faith Songok 0 2

COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE, A PRIORITY IN NANDI

The Nandi County Executive Committee Member Agriculture and Cooperative Development (CECM), Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat and the Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte Tiony today at Cooperative Development Department offices led the respective Sub County Cooperative Officers in exploratory talks aimed at enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interests for cooperative societies in Nandi County.

CECM incharge Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat and the Chief Officer, Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte Tiony.

Cooperative Officers are mandated to oversee cooperative activities in societies, develop and monitor work plans for cooperative extension services, do a back end data analysis for policy formulation in cooperatives, advice on cooperative investments and enforce compliance with cooperative legislation.

Sub County Cooperative Officers.

The Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development understands the key role cooperative societies play in providing extensive economic capacity to small groups and is thus committed to support sustainable development to Cooperatives in Nandi County.

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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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