News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

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.

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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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20 May
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 1

NANDI PARTNERS WITH SAFARICOM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT E-FARMERS PLATFORM

Nandi county is looking forward to providing an e-solution to farmers to improve their productivity through value chain development, stock management, provision of extension services as well as making the farmer always informed. This is realized with the implementation of Agricultural information Management system( also known as Nandi County E-Farmers).

This system will be implemented as a result of Nandi County partnering with Safaricom for the integration of their Digifarm Enterprise Initiative into Nandi County e-Farmers. This platform is one of the best initiatives that focus on improving service delivery to farmers through: cashless distribution of farm inputs; creation and verification of value chain; farmer registration via Web, SMS, Native mobile application; Bulk communication to farmers; learn content for farmers; voucher issuing, redemption & reconciliation and automation of AI services.

Governor Sang with Digifarm CEO Mr. Kimani during the courtesy call.

 

Today the team from Safaricom headed by Patrick Kimani who is the Digifarm CEO paid a courtesy call to the Governor to discuss on the various areas engagements that would result on betterment of the livelihoods of the farmers of Nandi County.

The Governor, H.E Stephen Sang pointed out his focus in partnering with Safaricom in other avenues to provide solutions especially in the marketing of agricultural products from Nandi County.

“This e-farmers platform will also help us in the timely distribution of subsidized products to farmers as well as the automation of AI services for convenience and accountability”, he said.

The system is now at user training level and will soon be operational where registration of farmers and cooperatives will kick off followed by the provision of extension services through the system.

Also present were the CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat; CECM for Administration, Public Service and e-Government, Teresa Morogo; CO for ICT and e-Government, Jonathan Misoi and the CO for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Wilson Lelei.

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15 May
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

CDDCs SIGN MOU WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO FACILITATE IMPLEMENTATION OF NARIG PROJECT

The County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development on Wednesday entered into an agreement with farmers who will oversee the implementation of priority community developments at Ward level.

Tinderet MCA Hon Kipkurui Chepkwony (left), H.E Governor Stephen Sang (Centre) witnessing the signing of MOU at the county headquarters.

 

Nandi County is among 21 Counties implementing the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP) whose development objective is to improve productivity and profitability among vulnerable and marginalized communities.

NARIGP, which is implemented in 20 Wards in our County has been identified as a Community Driven project and all the benefiting communities and stakeholders have already been adequately sensitized and consulted.

All the 20 implementing wards have prepared Community Development Plans articulating their development priorities.

Speaking when he witnessed the signing of MOU, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang lauded the Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development for the steps they have taken to establish the committees in each Ward.

“I’m reliably informed that all CDDCs members were elected through an open, fair and democratic process particularly by farmers engaging in Dairy, Indigenous Chicken, Irish potatoes and Avocados, which are the priority value chains supported by the project in the County.” said Sang.

Sang also expressed his confidence with the efforts made by the project staff to prepare CDDCs to carry out their mandates in each Ward.

CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr Kiplimo Araap Lagat revealed that all the CDDCs have been adequately trained on their roles and registered as Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

“They’ve opened bank accounts through which project grants for implementing beneficiary farmer groups will be channeled.” added Dr. Lagat.

The signing of MOU signify the commitment by both parties and will now facilitate transfer of grants to the respective special purpose accounts for project implementation.

Today’s signing of MOU was witnessed by Governor Stephen Sang, EU & FAO Representatives in Kenya . Also present the Deputy Governors Dr Yulita Mitei, Nandi & her Counterpart from Uasin Gishu Dominic Chemno, CECM, COs and a host of MCAs.

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14 May
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0 0

NANDI COUNTY IS DIGITIZING SERVICE DELIVERY IN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

The County Government of Nandi is partnering with Safaricom to transform the lives of farmers in the county through roll out of Agricultural Management Information System (AMIS).

AMIS is an e-fermers’ solution which is a customization of Safaricom’s DIGIFARM meant to improve Agricultural service delivery to the people.

The AMIS system allow farmers to interact with agricultural service providers in the county as well as request for services through the system. It will also allow for farmer registration so as to help in proper management and reaching out to them for effective service delivery.

During a stakeholders meeting between Safaricom and the County departments of Agriculture & Cooperative Development and ICT and e-Government, the team was able to finalize on the system customization to fit the needs of farmers in Nandi county.

While speaking during the stakeholders meeting, the CECM for Agriculture and Cooperative development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat, pointed out the department’s efforts in digitizing operations in agricultural sector. Among other service by the department of Agriculture and cooperative development are: A.I services, ongoing contruction of Nandi Cooperative Cremeries in Kabiyet, renovation of Cattle Dips and construction of cooling sites countywide.

The CO for Agriculture Wilson Lelei, called upon the citizens more so the farmers to support such County Government initiatives especially during the upcoming farmers registration in the roll out of AMIS.

Jonathan Misoi, the CO ICT and e-Government, while chairing the stakeholders meeting said that technology is a key enabler in enhancing efficient and effective delivery of services across all departments. He added that apart from AMIS, department is rolling out other systems for all the departments for efficiency of service delivery.

Among them being the Health management, Fleet management, revenue system, licencing system, human resource system and Call Centre project which is Toll Free for the County residents to request for services, make inquiries and get informed about all the projects, programs, policies and services.

Also present were County Attorney- George Tarus, County directors from the above mentioned departments, AMIS technical and implementation team, Agricultural consultants and consultants from Safaricom.

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10 May
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

FARMERS TRAINED ON BEST POULTRY FARMING PRACTICES

With the coming of the Boresha Jamii na Kuku initiative, representatives of youth and women groups set to benefit from the program in Nandi Hills Sub-County today received training on poultry farming.

The groups officials were equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge on how to manage poultry farming projects and learn about all aspects of raising poultry for commercial meat and eggs production.

Boresha Jamii na Kuku is an initiative by the County Government of Nandi through its department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development to recognize the role played by women & youth in the economy and more so to empower them financially and in improving the nutritional needs of their families.

Chief Officer Agriculture Mr Wilson Lelei who was in attendance urged farmers to take great care of the birds till maturity so that they can realize full potential of poultry production for their own good.

The distribution of the one month old pullets will commence on Tuesday 14th May at Nandi hills sub county headquarters. Thereafter, the other five sub counties will follow and it expected to benefit over 3000 youth and women across the county in its first phase.

Poultry production is among the key contributors of livelihoods to majority of rural and urban population in Nandi County.

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10 May
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

FARMERS TRAINED ON BEST POULTRY FARMING PRACTICES

With the coming of the Boresha Jamii na Kuku initiative, representatives of youth and women groups set to benefit from the program in Nandi Hills Sub-County today received training on poultry farming.

The groups officials were equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge on how to manage poultry farming projects and learn about all aspects of raising poultry for commercial meat and eggs production.

Boresha Jamii na Kuku is an initiative by the County Government of Nandi through its department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development to recognize the role played by women & youth in the economy and more so to empower them financially and in improving the nutritional needs of their families.

Chief Officer Agriculture Mr Wilson Lelei who was in attendance urged farmers to take great care of the birds till maturity so that they can realize full potential of poultry production for their own good.

The distribution of the one month old pullets will commence on Tuesday 14th May at Nandi hills sub county headquarters. Thereafter, the other five sub counties will follow and it expected to benefit over 3000 youth and women across the county in its first phase.

Poultry production is among the key contributors of livelihoods to majority of rural and urban population in Nandi County.

#TransformingNand

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