News Categories: Agriculture and Cooperative Development

23 Nov
By: Peter Koima 0 0


The County Government of Nandi Agricultural sector has received a major boost to transform the dairy sector following an announcement by Heifer International, revealing plans to roll out Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Risk Mitigation” (TRANSFORM) Project.

The five (5) year (2021-2025) grant funded project from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be implemented in Kenya, Vietnam, Indonesia and India by Cargill, Heifer International, Ausvet and International Poultry Council (IPC). The project wants to increase the capacity of small holder farmers, County Governments, and other stakeholders to encourage practices to support animal health, human health and farmer livelihoods.

The project is aimed at strengthening animal sourced food systems to prevent and minimize antimicrobial resistance and transboundary animal diseases to enhance global health security. The project seeks to engage global market actors, from production to markets and policymakers to sustainably strengthen animal-sourced food (ASF) systems and enhance global health security to prevent transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance in poultry and dairy value chains.

  Introductory meeting

“Our consortium’s solution therefore focuses on improving animal health so significantly that the risk of disease and zoonotic pathogens is considerably lower, animal production is considerably higher, and therefore the use of antibiotics as a treatment for illness, to prevent disease, or to enhance performance is significantly reduced.” said Heifer International TRANSFORM Project Director Douglas Masika.

Heifer International TRANSFORM Project Director Douglas Masika

TRANSFORM Kenya Project will implement the component of promoting adoption of biosecurity, antimicrobial usage (AMU) and on farm management practices in Nandi County.

As part of a stakeholder engagement, Heifer International led by the Project Director Douglas Masika, Director of Programmes David Ojwang, Technical Specialist from Cargill Dr. Ruth Omani, TRANSFORM Kenya Project Manager Maurice Ikaal and MELs Officer Dr. Lilian Ooko on Tuesday held an introductory meeting of the project with the county department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development led by Chief Officer for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Wilson Lelei.

Chief Officer Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Wilson Lelei


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18 Nov
By: Faith Songok 0 0


Coffee farmers in Nandi are set to benefit from a coffee milling plant to be constructed at Songhor Soba ward, Tinderet sub county.

The establishment of the coffee miller is one of the infrastructural development strategies under the Nandi County Integrated Development Plan, that seeks to enhance service delivery and increase productivity and profitability through value addition in the agricultural sector .

Chief Officer Co-operative Development, Dr.Benadatte Tiony at the proposed site.

The miller will boost farmers income immensely by reducing the cost incurred by farmers when they seek milling services in far end areas like Ruiru and in addition, provide local ownership of the production processes .

Through the noble structure the Cooperative model provides, the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Co-operative Development seeks to make sustainable and maximize the beneficial value farmers will get from the milling plant, by giving them shareholding power and ownership of the venture.

A section of coffee farmers from coffee cooperatives across the county assessing the proposed site.

Therefore, Coffee farmers in Nandi through the Nandi Coffee Cooperative Union, will be tasked to advance the interests of coffee farming in their collective bargain to make profitable coffee business through the miller.

             Public participation forum

The public participation held on Wednesday at Chebonet area in Songor-Soba Ward was marked with site seeing and consultation on the way forward towards the initiation process.

Proposed site for the construction of the miller

Present was the area MCA Hon. Justine Chepnyango, Chief Officers for Agriculture and Cooperative Development, Sub County and Ward administrators, county extension officers, Coffee Co-operative Societies across the county as well as the area residents who wholeheartedly welcomed the project. #TransformingNandi

From right, Area MCA Hon. Justine Chepnyango, Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadatte Tiony, Chief Officer Agriculture, Mr. Wilson Lelei and Sub County Administrator, Mr. Sum.

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09 Nov
By: Faith Songok 0 0


Dairy cooperatives in Nandi are set to benefit from innovative practices brought forth by joined efforts between the County Government of Nandi, Department of Agriculture and Co-operative Development, and DigiFarm (SAFARICOM).

Analysis of the value shareholding in the agricultural market shows that farmers are yet to be the maximum percentage holder of equity in the produce market. With this foresight, is the need to strengthen the institutional capacity of co-operatives to maximize farmers’ profitable maxim in the value market.

The partnership, therefore, seeks to solve challenges identified within the divergence of productivity and profitability, a dairy cooperative member experiences in areas: access to feeds throughout the season, cost of production, access to financial resources, access to quality and affordable inputs, and broker inefficiencies.

 Dairy cooperatives farmers during the      workshop.

DigiFarm comes in to support dairy cooperatives in Nandi access these efficient service delivery mechanisms through a system to be accessed through dialing a free *944# USSD code, where a dairy farmer in a cooperative, will have all-time access to information resources on best dairy practices, access to input on cash or credit basis, access to track record of milk dispatched at the cooperative, access to extension support on best dairy practices and to withdraw money from farmer account either on cash or credit, all on one platform.

                DigiFarm Lead Team

The partnership will provide work capital support to the dairy cooperatives to back these processes and provide input access, for the commercial sustainability of dairy farming using the cooperative model.

On Tuesday, the directorate of Co-operative Development led by Chief Officer Cooperative Development Dr. Benadette Tiony held a consultative meeting with DigiFarm and primary dairy cooperatives registered under the Nandi Dairy Co-operative Union, to deliberate on ways of engagement and initiation processes.

Chief Officer Cooperative Development, Dr.Benadatte Tiony addressing the dairy cooperatives


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08 Nov
By: Faith Songok 0 0


The cooperative model in agriculture is an imperative structure that integrates all the key playing factors in the agricultural value chain in target for profitability. Analysis of the value shareholding in the agricultural market shows that farmers are yet to be the maximum percentage holder of equity in the produce market, and it is with this foresight, is a need to strengthen the institutional capacity of co-operatives to maximize farmers’ profitable maxim in the value market.

It is on this note that the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development is on an initiative partnered with Safaricom DigiFarm to create solutions to gaps dairy co-operatives in Nandi face along the divergence of productivity and profitability through innovative practices and knowledge resource.

The cooperative development directorate notes the need for innovative practices to ensure dairy farmers get access to feeds all through the seasons, get easy and affordable access to inputs on cash or credit on the grounds of being members of a cooperative and not on the basis of credit score, as this has shown to be a liability to smallholder farmers, especially during low season. Also is the role of quality control to ensure a farmer gains production efficiencies as benefit return from input cost.

The partnership with DigiFarm is to capitalize on the model of numbers cooperatives provide to create and make sustainable these solutions while ensuring the dairy farmer gets the maximum profitable equity in the value market.

On Monday, the Co-operative Development directorate led by the Chief Officer, Dr. Benadatte Tiony held a consultative meeting with DigiFarm and Nandi Dairy Co-operative Union officials ahead of a co-operatives workshop with primary dairy co-operatives to capacity build on initiation processes and rules of engagement.


Chief Officer, Cooperative Development, Dr. Benadette Tiony addressing the meeting.


DigiFarm lead team engaging ith The Co-operative Development Directorate.



Nandi Dairy Cooperative Union Chairman, Dr. Abraham Rugut addressing the meeting.


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18 Oct
By: Faith Songok 0 0


Owing to the success of developing extension services through Phase I of Disruptive Agricultural Technologies (DAT) program, the second phase is now in inception. The mandate stands at extending agricultural output capacities through use of technology in resource mobilization, as an effective response towards agricultural extension services.

On Monday, the County Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Co-operative Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five cohorts comprising of Amtech, Apollo Agriculture, DigiCow, Hello Tractor and Kuza who are partnered with the County Government to drive the initiative to support the farmer sustain operations .

The County Government of Nandi, through the NARIG project, is committed to leverage emerging digital solutions towards service delivery investment so as to prioritize productivity and hence profitability of agricultural ventures at farmer level.

Speaking during the PHASE II launch, Chief Executive Committee Member (CECM) Agriculture and Co-operative Development, Dr. Kiplimo Arap Lagat emphasized the need for farmers to value extension services as a necessary determinant baseline for maximization of productivity and profitability.

He termed agricultural extension services as a good plan and establishment to target profits and evaluate risks. This in turn facilitates good use of support structures to mitigate risks and for accreditation purposes when sourcing for credit financing and markets for products.

Details of the specific role of each the innovators are as follows:


• Amtech Solutions will offer credit to small-scale farmers who are registered in groups through credit scoring enabling them access other services.

Amtech Solutions

• Apollo Agriculture will enable small-scale farmers to maximize profits by bundling services such as financing, farm inputs, insurance and access to market.

Apollo Agriculture

• DigiCow will provide a digital platform for A.I service providers called Ndume App which also will assist farmers access A.I services allowing them to get gestational SMS alerts and advisory services, digital trainings through Digicow App where farmers will have access to verified extension information enabling them to improve on production and profitability.


• HelloTractor will provide IoT hardware and software for tractor owners to better manage their equipment, fuel, and operators while servicing smallholder farmers in need of mechanization services resulting in an increase in crop productivity


• Kuza Biashara will provide a smallholder farmer ecosystem management platform that will leverage last-mile entrepreneurial agents to increase the income of smallholder farmers at scale.

KUZA Biashara

Also present during the launch was Chief Officer Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei, Chief Officer for ICT Jonathan Misoi, Directors, Staff and Stakeholders from the five cohorts.


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06 Oct
By: Peter Koima 0 0


To enhance productivity of the maize value chain, exchange visits and education tours provide opportunities for knowledge acquisition and utilization among the farmers. As such, the county Government of Nandi through the department of Agriculture and Cooperative is continuously facilitating peer to peer learning through farmer Field tours.
In the preceding month, the department of Agriculture through the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme ASDSP II organized for an exchange visit of small-holder farmers and aggregators to Trans Nzoia County for an exchange visit on knowledge and experience in; Conservation/Regenerative agriculture, Maize Production, Value Addition, Warehousing (aggregation) as well as Warehouse Receipt System (WRS).
During the exchange visit, participants visited to observe and learn about operations, successes and challenges at Wamuini Soko Huru CBO, Agricultural Development Cooperation (Animal Feed Mill, Engineering Section, ADC maize farms farms of Small and Large farmers in Kwanza and Endebes Sub Counties respectively. #TransformingNandi
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24 Sep
By: Peter Koima 0 0


On Monday, the Green Belt Movement held an important stakeholder, leadership, and governance meeting towards sustainable environmental conservation and management in Nandi County. Their advocacy aims to facilitate change and the development of new areas of policy in order to tackle unmet health needs in the community. The County Government of Nandi is in partnership with GBM, the National Government, Donors, Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Community Forest Association (CFA), Research Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, and Community groups.

The partnership aims at rehabilitating priority watersheds of degraded sites of the Mau Forest Ecosystem. The project targets the Mau complex, a critical ecosystem whose waters feed into Lake Victoria and the Nile River. This is well-aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 and SDG 15 of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development and also the AFD country strategy for Kenya 2018-2022.

The success of the partnership has resulted in the planting of 149,000 and 156,000 trees in Nandi for the years 2018 and 2019 respectively, done through community participation.

The Chief Officer of Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei assured of the County Government of Nandi’s focus objective towards mobilizing and rallying support for environmental resources protection. “We as the County Government of Nandi will ensure that we work with Green Belt Movement to ensure our natural resources are protected.”

Chief Officer Agriculture, Mr.Wilson Lelei.

The Deputy Executive Director Madam Mercy Karunditu said that the partnership goal is to mobilize communities to restore biodiversity, improve water quality, and sustain livelihoods through landscape management, watershed restoration, and good governance practices by December 2024.

Executive Deputy Director Green Belt Movement (GBM), Mercy Karunditi.

The activities of the project aim at restoring and rehabilitating degraded landscapes in Mau forest ecosystems and empowering the community to tailor efforts towards sustainable eco-friendly activities.

Also present was Kenya Forest Service and Community Forest Association.

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18 Sep
By: Peter Koima 0 0


The indigenous chicken value chain in Nandi County and the country at large is still characterized by low production and productivity; largely attributed to low adoption of modern husbandry practices.

The County Government of Nandi through ASDSP Programme is undertaking various poultry projects across the county which include development of viable option innovations to increase productivity of indigenous chicken value chain through utilization of high capacity incubators, hatchers and brooders.

Use of incubators and hatchers is a technology that aims at increasing supply of chicks to farmers in the county and beyond. This will ensure consistent and efficient supply of chicks and this will lead to increase in profitability and productivity of chicken and its products.

It is in light of the foregoing that the County Government of Nandi through the ASDSP has acquired and stationed TWO modern poultry incubators at Kaimosi Agricultural Training College (ATC) with capacities to process 2112 eggs each, in a single hatchling. It has also equipped the institution with FOUR brooding panels with capacities to brood 700 chicks each.

Poultry incubators

Chick brooders is an approach that aims at reducing mortality rate of chicks which eventually increases the number of chicks and enhances productivity at production stage.

The brooders will be complimented with vaccination of chicken through training of personnel and farmers to carry out the vaccination exercise. This will result in increase of chicken and its products available for trading.

Once operational, interested farmers’ will have a chance to source vaccinated chicks from the ATC at a competitive and subsidised prices.

The acquired equipment is a state of the earth facility that has special features that include:
CCTV cameras for surveillance of the operations, Self-disinfection and sterilization using UV rays to manage hygiene and potential pathogens.

Equipped with extra spare components to minimize spoilages in case of breakdown, the equipment has full aluminum parts to prevent corrosion, automatic for ease of management. The incubator can also operate on AC and DC power while the brooders can also operate using gas.

Intelligent computerized software that can enable management of the processes remotely in the absence of personnel around the hatchery. #TransformingNandi

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16 Sep
By: Peter Koima 0 0


In an effort to support Nandi Dairy Cooperative Union (NDCU) members access a feed analyzer for improved quality feed and enhance capacity of producer Value Chain Actors (VCA) increase milk productivity, the County Government of Nandi has availed to the union necessary milk testing & feed analyzing kits.

To utilize viable innovations for increased milk value chain productivity through use of feed analyzers and milk testing kits, the county department of Agriculture through the ASDSP programme on Wednesday delivered the equipment to the NDCU board members at NCC in Kabiyet.County Government of Nandi avails to the union necessary milk testing & feed analyzing kits.

It is expected that the acquired testing kits will address the challenges faced by farmers including; Low quality/Unstandardized feeds, Non Compliance to regulations by milk handlers and feed processors, Unscrupulous business men (Milk adulteration), High prevalence of aflatoxins in feeds and High levels of antibiotic residues in milk.


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16 Sep
By: Peter Koima 0 0


Nandi’s vibrant move to champion for aggregation, marketing and value addition within the Agriculture Sector has attracted the attention of other counties as evident in a visit by Agriculture Officers and farmers from Trans Nzoia visiting Nandi County.

The visit is a farmer-to-farmer exercise aimed at exchanging ideas on how to improve Agriculture Sector in one of the country’s food basket – Trans Nzoia County.

The farmers’ delegation is being led by Trans Nzoia’s CECM for Agriculture Hon. Mary Nzomo and was received by the Chief Officer incharge of Agriculture. Mr. Wilson Lelei.

Chief Officer Agriculture, Mr.Wilson Lelei in talks with CECM Agriculture Tranzoia County, Hon. Mary Nzomo.

Speaking after paying a courtesy call to the department of Agriculture, the visiting CECM said that they are in the county to witness practically how the county is championing for aggregation, marketing and Value addition in the sector with a keen eye on Maize Value Chain.

To sample the effectiveness of the county Government’s interventions geared towards supporting maize farmers, they visited Nandi KENAFF milling facility at Kapchuriai in Chepkunyuk Ward, Cheptarit Star aggregation and marketing centre as well as Sokhin Ogilgei-lel who are into value addition in Lelmokwo Ngechek Ward.


Milling Benchmark.


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