News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

19 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

MCAs SENSITIZED ON ASDSP PROGRAMME

Nandi County Assembly Committee on Agriculture on Monday underwent sensitization workshop on Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) II implementation strategy and the strides the programme made in the first phase.

ASDSP programme in its first phase mobilized and facilitated the formation of Nandi County Dairy Cooperative Union (NCDCU) through trainings and capacity building of primary cooperative societies that inspired their amalgamation.

Through this, dairy farmers in Nandi now enjoy a bigger bargaining power for their produce.

In its second phase, the program aims at developing capacity of farmer’s cooperatives and funding innovations along the identified four value chains namely Cow Milk, Maize, Fish and Indigenous Chicken to support youth and women in the Value Chain Development (VCD).

The programme also target to strengthen structures and governance of two hundred and forty (240) groups in Nandi County through Capacity Building in areas of Productivity, Entrepreneurial Skills & Marketing.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to contribute to the transformation of crop, livestock and fishery production into commercially oriented enterprises that ensure sustainable food and nutrition security and incomes of the value chain actors. #TransformingNandi

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16 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

Empowering French Beans Farmers

In a bid to empower small holder farmers engaged in French Beans farming, the County Government of Nandi has sponsored Asurur Farmers Group for an education tour of Kirinyaga County through the department of Agriculture & Co-operative Development with an aim of imparting knowledge and understanding to farmers on how best to improve yields and increase their returns.

The youthful farmers from Kilibwoni Ward are currently on a three day bench-marking trip where they visited two French Bean farms and InstaVeg Agroprocesing Company in Kutus.

Asurur Farmers Group in a session.

French Beans farming being one of the identified value chains in Nandi, farmers were taken through the entire value chain from production (planting) where they were taken through agronomic practices, harvesting, weighing, transportation, reception at the unit, grading packaging and finally disposal to the market either local or international. Farmers now have an understanding why a number of set production practices has to be followed.

Empowering smallholder farmers produce French Beans and other horticulture products would spur the farmers’ development and the county at large.

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15 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 1

NARIGP Community Driven Development Leaders Sensitized on their Roles

Through its department of Agriculture & Co-operative Development, the County Government of Nandi is working to empower farmers in the county who will spearhead the identification of community development priorities and drive the projects jointly coordinated with development partners so as address challenges facing the vulnerable & marginalized community members.

Today, the CECM in charge of Agriculture  & Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat and CO Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei presided over the official closing session of a two day workshop for ward committees established through the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP). The participants were Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs) comprising of  15 members each from Tinderet, Chemase, Songhor/Soba wards and Social Accountability and Integrity Committee (SAIC) drawn from the same wards.

The committees will be the link between the community and the County Government to ensure seamless and effective implementation of community Micro projects.

While addressing the participants, Dr. Lagat called on the leaders to expedite the formation of common interest groups (CIGs) for Dairy, Indigenous chicken, Avocado and Irish potato who will be required to apply for the community grants under the project.

He further urged them to work closely with various stakeholders including Sub County administrators, MCAs, ward administrators and chiefs. In his closing remarks, he challenged them to be the change agents and role models by taking their leadership role seriously saying that leadership is about making sacrifices.

On his part, CO Agriculture Mr Lelei reiterated the government’s commitment to transform lives of the vulnerable and marginalized groups though agricultural practices. He said that the department has already set funds to support Youth, Women and PWDs groups with young pullets for raising within the County.

#TransformingNandi

 

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14 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

CONSTRUCTION OF A FIRST FARMER-OWNED MILK PROCESSING PLANT HAS FINALLY COMMENCED IN NANDI COUNTY

The construction of the proposed Nandi Cooperative Creameries (NCC), the first farmer-owned milk processing plant in Nandi has commenced in Kabiyet.

In preparation for the Milk Processing Plant, the County Government of Nandi is supporting new and reviving dormant as well as strengthening emerging & existing dairy farmer’s cooperatives across the county; through capacity building, provision of subsidized AI services, rehabilitation of cattle dips and bringing milk coolers closer to farmers.

CECM Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat inspecting the Nandi Cooperative Creameries

 

“It is imperative to note that the dairy sector plays a big role in our county and with better returns, farmers will be able to improve their livelihoods. We therefore need strong societies that enable dairy farmers increase their bargaining power and prolly get good returns for their commodity.” said CEC Agriculture and Cooperative Development Hon Benard Lagat talking during one of the sensitization meeting with the farmers.

Once complete, the processing plant will ensure farmers have a ready market for their produce and help them improve their livelihoods as well as the county’s economy.

The Nandi farmers will have an opportunity to add value to their milk and sell processed milk to the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) counties where the market is huge.

The plant when complete will have a capacity to process 1000 litres of milk per day.

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11 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

SUGAR SECTOR HIGH LEVEL MEETING HELD IN KISUMU COUNTY

The Sugar Industry High Level Consultative Meeting was today held at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel, Kisumu to deliberate on matters affecting sugar industry. Participants at the meeting included H.E Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, H.E Stephen Sang Governor Nandi, H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, H.E Okoth Obado, Governor Migori, Ps. Prof. Hamadi Boga, Nandi County Assembly Speaker Joshua Kiptoo, Agriculture CEC Dr. Kiplimo Lagat, Chemelil Chemase Ward MCA Hon. Hillary Serem, Senators, Members of Parliament, MCA’s, Privatization Commission and other leaders from the sugarcane growing areas. The following were resolved;

1. THAT in view of the urgent need to revitalize the public mills and the industry at large, the Privatization Commission identifies strategic partners in the next 120 days ;

2. THAT County Government represent the interests of farmers in matters of Privatization;

3. THAT a special Committee be set up by the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Fisheries and Irrigation to come up with a revival strategy for the revitalization of Mumias Sugar Company.

4. THAT the Sugar Industry Taskforce to complete it’s work within the next 14 days.

5. THAT the remaining 808 million owed to farmers be captured in the supplementary budget.

6. THAT the Ministry of Agriculture , Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation to provide leadership in bringing together the relevant government departments and agencies to address the financial requirements of the Public Sugar Companies , particularly debt write off.

7. THAT the Sugar Act be reinstated to provide for independent sugar regulatory body and sugar resource body ;

8. That the Sugar Regulations be gazetted to provide a conducive business environment for the sugar sector.

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10 Mar
By: juliter jepkinyor 0 1

WORKSHOP FOR VALUE CHAIN ACTORS ON DATA COLLECTION TO BE USED IN SIVCAP

Th Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) is a 5 year programme that runs from 2017 to 2022, funded by the Swedish government through SIDA. Whose goal is to contribute to Transformation of crop, livestock and fishery production into commercially oriented enterprises that ensure sustainable food and nutrition security.

In order to implement ASDSP II which is the continuation of ASDSP I The County Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development in conjunction with Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) conducted a four day workshop whose aim was to collect data from the Value Chain Actors drawn from the four prioritized value chains; Cow milk, maize, fish and indegineous chickens that will be used in developing Strategic and integrated value chain action plan (SIVCAP).

While Officially opening the workshop, Chief Officer for Agriculture Wilson Lelei said that Strategic and Integrated Value Chain Action plan (SIVCAP) is the blue print in ASDSP II implementation with a view to ending poverty, hunger and ensure food and nutrition security through identification of opportunities and implementation of high impact innovation.

It illustrates the critical problems that hinder commercialization of agriculture (as informed by the Four priority value chains) in pursuit of economic development and food and nutrition security. SIVCAP is also meant to capture all the activities that the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development intends to do in the next five years.

ASDSP II is designed to adhere to principles of inclusivity, simplicity and flexibility which are necessary for sustainability of prioritize value chains. It is aligned with the Constitution, Agricultural Policy, the new Swedish Strategy for Development Cooperation and other regional and global goals. It is also expected to consolidate the gains of ASDSP I an example is setting up of Nandi County Dairy Cooperative Union and 240 value chains, address the challenges of income, food and nutrition security ,unemployment and commercialization of prioritized value chains.

There are four key results that the ASDSP wants to achieve at the end namely;increased productivity of priority value chain,strengthened enterpreneural Skills of priority VCAs, Improved access to market by value chains actors and strengthened structures and capacities for consultation, collaboration,cooperation and coordination in the agricultural sector.

From the data collected at the workshop it showed that there is an estimate 1,110,830 indegineous chickens with 14,996,205 egg production and an average production per unit value chain actor of 7. For fish it showed that there is an average fish population of 1,550,000, number of fish ponds per value chain actor is 1 pond and fish area under prioritized value chain actors is (46.5ha)

When it comes to livelihood assessment Nandi county is below the poverty line in all the four value chains, in the few calculations done fish farming outshined the other value chains, hence their is need to work on improving productivity.

There is also need to enhance market access by value chain actors by improving access linkages for prioritized value chain actors,improving access to market information by value chain actors.

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02 Mar
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 1

COUNTY SUBSIDIZED AI PROGRAM PAYING DIVIDENDS

The County AI program that was launched by Governor Stephen Sang during the launch of Nandi County’s BIG FOUR AGENDA on 24th September is beginning to pay dividends and changing lives of many Dairy farmers across the county.

While launching the program, Governor Sang said that his administration was keen on revitalising the dairy sector in the county that had declined.

To ensure that the agenda of improving the sector succeeds, he enumerated the plans that his administration had put in place.

Part of the plans that he has laid out included the launch of subsidized AI services, hiring of AI service providers, renovation of cattle dips, subsidized accaricides, purchase of motorcycles for the service providers, installation of milk coolers across the county and the construction of a Milk processing plant in the county as well as formation and amalgamation of Dairy cooperative societies in the county.

Since the roll out of the AI program, more than 12,000 cows across the county have been served. The types of semen given to farmers include conventional and sexed which are available for Ksh600 and Ksh2300 respectively.

The county hired 30 AI service providers across the county and equipped them with motorcycles that enables them to move within their respective wards with ease.

It also operationalized 60 cattle dips across the county and supplied more than 10000 litres of accaricides.

The county also installed 6 coolers within the county and expects another 24 to be installed. This will reduce wastage of milk as it will guarantee proper storage.

The proposed construction of a milk processing plant is also on course. The county has already identified the land to put up the plant and bidding for the construction is ongoing.

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27 Feb
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

THE GREEN GOLD; COUNTY GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS A 10 METRIC TON COLD ROOM FOR HORTICULTURE FARMERS

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has today officially commissioned a 10 metric ton cold storage facility for French Beans farmers at Kibiok Market, Chepkunyuk ward.

In a function graced by Dutch Ag. Ambassador to Kenya H.E Mertine Uan Hoogstraten, the Governor commissioned the facility which will benefit thousands horticultural farmers in managing and reducing post-harvest losses.

The county boss who was accompanied by his deputy Dr Yulita Mitei, 3 Executive members, 3 COs and a host of MCAs led by the Assembly Deputy Speaker Wilson Sang officiated the commissioning ceremony held at Kibiok ShoMap Market.

In his address, Governor Sang said that French Beans farming is one of the best ventures that perfectly compliment subsistence crop farming. He challenged farmers to diversify and emulate those who have already tried and are reaping heavily adding that his vision is to see canning done at the proposed Nandi Export Processing Zone.

The Governor assured farmers that his administration will continue encouraging farmers to move from subsistence farming to commercialized farming by embracing modern farming methods and diversifying their farming activities.

“As a county, we want to move away from subsistence farming to commercial farming and therefore this facility will go a long way in managing huge harvest of French Beans by reducing post-harvest losses.” added the Governor.

Farmers used the opportunity to testify before the Dutch ambassador how they have been able to make a great fortune out of the ‘Green Gold’.

David Cheruon, a farmer from Tinderet, revealed how he made Ksh 273,000 in six months after investing just Ksh 78,000 in his one acre farm.

Mr. David was elated to further reveal how he managed to sponsor his son to study abroad without fundraising neither for his school fees nor air ticket. “From the cash I made after selling French Beans, I was able to sponsor my son without organizing for any Harambee to study abroad.” said the joyful farmer.

This is the first time farmers are engaged in contract farming with a guaranteed constant year-round price and market. This has been made possible thanks to the MOU signed between Meru Greens and the County Government in 2018.

So far, a total of 850 farmers have been contracted and it is expected that the facility will soon be operating at optimum capacity. According to Meru Greens, a total of 250 tonnes of French Beans have been harvested and exported in less than 7 months.

In the near future, the county government will put up more coolers since the farmers are committed and fired up to plant more French Beans.

Governor Sang appreciated the Dutch government assistance not only through SNV but also through other programs they have supported the county like the milk cooling plants in partnership with the National Government.

On her part, the Netherlands’s Envoy to Kenya appreciated the efforts by the County Government in empowering small-holder farmers in Nandi.

#TransformingNandi

 

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26 Feb
By: juliter jepkinyor 1 0

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR COOLING PLANTS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

To enhance effective and efficient service delivery to the public there is need for capacity building. On Monday, the County department of Agriculture & Co-operative Development held a training workshop for the Milk Cooling Plants Project Management Committee members drawn from the six sub counties.

Key areas covered include but not limited to Procurement process, Finance and Audit services, Procedure and Requirement in opening and maintaining bank accounts, adhering to the best practices in building of structures and record keeping.

CECM for Agriculture & Co-operative Development Dr.Kiplimo Lagat while gracing the occasion said that the County Government wants her citizens to enjoy the fruits of devolution by empowering them to own projects and ensure they become operational and sustainable.

He urged the committee members to invest in dairy, keep dairy cows that bring profit and dispose those that produce less milk. He added that milk prices will be sorted out when farmers pull together and bulk their milk without selling it raw. 

On her part, the Chief Officer Co-operative Development Dr Benadette Tiony said that 80% of Nandi households depend on dairy thus the need to establish milk coolers in every ward. She noted that Milk Coolers will help improve milk quality and stimulate production since the farmer will see the need to keep dairy cows. She added that her department is working closely with Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) to do away with milk hawking.

Dr. Bernadette encouraged the members to be  committed, trustworthy and selfless in serving the community that elected them.

Also present during the training were CO Agriculture Wilson Lelei, Director Cooperative Development, Procurement, Legal, Finance and KCB bank representatives.

#TransformingNandi

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25 Feb
By: juliter jepkinyor 0 1

VALIDATION OF DAIRY STRATEGIC PLAN

Dairy farming in Kenya has experienced major improvements over the year as more farmers have realized the importance of looking for better ways to improve their skills and yields. Most farmers who have ventured into this business with high aspirations and relentless drive to see their goals through to the end have recorded massive success since the demand of milk and dairy product is always high. It is even more profitable for those who have been able to add value to their products.

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development held a workshop with representatives drawn from Nandi County Dairy Farmers Cooperative Union and Kenya Dairy Board to discuss on validation of Dairy strategic plan.

The one day workshop was aimed at getting participants validate the draft dairy strategic plan. This was the final in a series of meetings that have been held which include collection of data at ward level, analysing of the data by dairy stakeholders and validating it. This is to deliberate on the data that will inform the strategies to be adopted by the county in developing the dairy industry.

Dairy Strategic Planning is the management process to creating and executing long term goals and strategy which may also extend to control mechanisms for guiding the implementation of strategy in the dairy sector. With an estimated 5 billion litres of milk produced yearly in the country, Kenya’s dairy industry is one of the largest and sophisticated in Africa. With consumers appreciating the nutritional value of milk, the dairy industry has continuously played a vital role not only in the economy but on the general well-being of Kenya’s population.

The Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development announced plans to set up a Sh300 million milk processing factory. The move will ensure farmers have a ready market for their produce and help improve the region’s economy. Sh135 million would be invested in improving and expanding the dairy sector while Sh115 million would go towards building the modern milk plant.

Chief Officer for Agriculture Wilson Lelei said the government is into dairy sector and wants to see the dairy sector revived and standing on its feet. He added that his department is offering heifer development, breeding programme, disease control and subsidized AI services; some 45 veterinary extension officers have already been hired to support dairy farmers in the county’s 30 wards. At least 60 cattle dips have been renovated and are operational while another 30 would be revamped this year to curb livestock diseases.

Chief Officer for Cooperative Development Dr. Bernadette Tiony who was also present said that her unit has invested in the dairy value chain saying that one of strategies that will improve milk production is the ongoing installation of milk coolers in all wards.

Currently, dairy industry contributes to 6% – 8% of Kenya’s GDP by virtue of the industry accounting for 14% of agricultural GDP, it has generated upwards of 1 million jobs at farm level, an estimated 500,000 jobs in direct waged employment and an additional 750,000 jobs in support services. The dairy industry thus contributes about USD 2 billion to Kenya’s GDP where stakeholders include farmers, traders, vendors, collection centres, processors and retailers.

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