News Categories: Cooperative Development

10 Dec
By: Peter Kiprop 0 1

The County Government Steps Up Agriculture Through Diversification

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development on Thursday issued 15,000 Avocado & 300 Tissue-Culture banana seedlings and 200Kg of coffee seeds to various cooperative societies from the county.

The department also gave out cheques worth Ksh. 6,100,000 to dairy cooperative societies through the Small-Holder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) Dairy Enterprise Grant support programme.

This is in line with the Governor’s mani festo and transformational agenda to empower farmers which also compliment the President’s Big Four Agenda on food security.

Speaking during the event, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said that his government is in the forefront pushing for diversification programs that is aimed at enabling farmers venture into agribusiness.

                Governor Stephen Sang

Mr. Sang said that his administration is effecting the diversification programme through allocation of more resources to agriculture sector which is the backbone of the county economy.

He added that his government is already expanding tea, coffee and banana farming by providing seeds to farmers as well as supporting them to venture into Avocado farming.

On her part, the Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei said that she is working hand in hand with the Governor to ensure that farmers needs are met.

         Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei

CECM Agriculture & Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat said that Avocado farming, just like coffee, has a huge market and that his department is trying to secure part of it locally, regionally and Internationally.

       CEC Agriculture and Cooperative       Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat

 

“We have put in our budget the seed multiplication fund meant to increase seeds not only for Avocado but also other cash crops such as issue-culture banana, Macadamia, French Beans among others while still supporting other traditional crops such as tea and maize.” he said.

This, he says, is in a bid to boost food security in the country and empower farmers economically.

Farmers present at the event lauded the county government for always supporting them.

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28 Nov
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

County Embark On Milk Coolers Inspection.

A team of engineers & other technical staff from the County department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development have today inspected the renovation work of Meteitei Dairy Farmers Co-operative society cooler structure; to assess its readiness & compliance with regulations for a milk cooler structure.

A 3000 ltr capacity milk cooler and a standby generator has already been delivered at the site and shall be installed and commissioned by the end of the year.

After a thorough inspection, both on the interior and exterior parts, the society members were convinced that the contractor had done a commendable interior job and ordered the installation work to commence without any delays.

On the exterior side, everything else was perfect save for the elevated water tank base which was deemed unstable by the engineers.The contractor was asked to redo/reinforce it. He agreed and assured members that it will be ready by next week.

To oversee the exercise was the area member of the County Assembly Hon. Kipkurui Chepkwony.

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21 Nov
By: Peter Kiprop 1 1

Governor Sang Commissions Milk Coolers For Dairy Farmers

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has today officially commissioned two milk coolers with a capacity of 3,000 litres each complete with a power backup panel to be used by Lolkeringet and Lelchego Dairy Cooperative Societies in a bid to cushion farmers against losses.

Speaking during the event, Governor Sang urged more farmers to join either cooperatives and utilize the facility to keep more milk fresh and retain vital nutrients.

Through such cooperatives, the Governor said farmers will achieve economies of scale that will boost their bargaining power and ensure that their products get higher market value.

Mr. Sang also advised farmers to embrace diversification and plant crops that yield more money such Avocado, Macadamia, French beans, Tissue-Culture Bananas, Pineapples, Coffee and Tea among other cash crop which has more and quick returns.

He said that neighboring Kisumu County, which is a fellow member in the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB), is a target market we are eying after value addition of our milk.

According to CECM in charge of Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr Kiplimo Araap Lagat, the coolers have the capacity to bulk milk for longer period and hence will save farmers from wastage.

Dr Lagat revealed that his department has engaged development partners and has plans to roll out the ‘DigiFarm’ technology to digitize the entire agriculture value chain program with an aim of enriching the small-holder farmers.

This, he said, will boost extension services such as the recently launched subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) programme, give dairy farmers access to more information and expand market for dairy products.

Also present were CECs Stanley Baliach and Eng. Hillary Koech, a few COs and County Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture led by the Chairman Hon. Willy Maru.

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15 Nov
By: Peter Kiprop 1 1

COUNTY GOVERNMENT SET TO REGULATE MILK PRICES

County Government of Nandi through the Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development in collaboration with Nandi County Dairy Farmers Cooperative Union (NDFCU), is working towards concession with local milk processors to bargain for better milk prices on behalf of farmers.

According to experts in dairy sector, the market price of milk is always the engine/determinant of production. A good pay equals more production, and without good prices, then expect less production. Locally, the cost of milk production has in recent times tremendously increased to a point that the profit margin of a bottled water is almost higher compared to that of bottled milk.

While co-chairing the negotiations meeting with representatives from Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) and Kabianga Dairy Premier Limited, Chief Officer in charge of Cooperative Development Dr. Benedette Tiony said that it is always very important that farmers invest and reinvest in a business that makes sensible returns.

In addition, Dr Tiony said that the department has put in place measures to help farmers increase production and has already rolled out a subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) program and other extension services. “We are also putting resources to strengthen cooperatives through which more farmers will benefit”, she added.

After their first meeting, both the board and the processors agreed that the farmer is taking home very little after toiling and there was need to sit down, bring on board other stakeholders and review the prices.
On his part, the Chief Officer for Agriculture Mr. Wilson Lelei said that the plan to have a farmer-owned milk processing plant in Nandi that will ensure a stable year-out milk price is on course.

NDFCU Chairperson Mr. Abraham Rugut is set announce the success of these negotiations to farmers after engaging other processors and as soon as the new rates are agreed and enacted in due course.

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10 Aug
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Nandi County celebrates The International Youth Week as opportunities for the youth are unveiled by Governor Stephen Sang

Unemployment is an alarming challenge that has seen educated youth waste away in so many struggles due to the limited job opportunities. The annual graduations that are highly celebrated, be they certificates, diplomas or degrees carry a lot of joy for excellence only for them to mutate into anxiety and restlessness soon after due to the limited job market. Youth end up taking any available opportunities to make ends meet.
The County Government of Nandi through various departments is intentional in addressing the challenges facing the youth in Nandi County.
As the International Youth Week comes to wrap up, the county government is set to unbundle the opportunities that seek to improve the state of the youthful population. The Department of Public Service has unveiled 400 internship opportunities for the youth across the county. This is in line with Governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto that pledged to create internship opportunities for the youth so as to enable them acquire the necessary skills and experience as they enhance their professional growth.

The opportunities that do not require any past working experience is open to any youth with a certificate, diploma or degree from a reputable institution. This will ensure that skilled and deserving youth who may not have had an opportunity to work after their schooling get a chance to work and acquire the required experience as they also serve Nandi County. The interns will be paid a stipend of between Ksh. 8,000 and Ksh. 12,000. Applications can be done through <a href=”https://interns.nandi.go.ke”/> https://interns.nandi.go.ke .

The Department of Education on the other has also opened opportunities for 800 ECD teachers whose successful applicants will have an opportunity to serve for at least three years. The opportunities are spread across all wards in the county as listed in the advert here https://www.nandi.go.ke/downloads-2

Among other opportunities set for the youth on this day include enhancement of the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. Most youth with start-up companies lack capital even after winning the tenders thus affecting the quality of works done. In a bid to bridge this gap, the county government is set to sign an MoU with Youth Enterprise Development Fund so as to increase the uptake of tenders by youths in the various county departments, and linking up with institutions that provide youth friendly loans for LPOs and LSOs.

On to top of this, the county government is heading towards Performance Based Contracting that enable the youth organize themselves and benefit from the County Government’s funds for maintenance of roads in each ward by performing tasks such as bush clearing, drainage opening, installing culverts etc. Contracts under this program will run for a period not less than 1 year and not more than 3 years.The youth has a role in protecting the environment.

The Department of Youth in conjunction with that of Environment is set to offer youth opportunities to benefit from being engaged in planting trees, establish nurseries and supply the seedlings to the county government under an agreed framework.

Among other programs are entrepreneurial training and start-up support, sponsorship for training and acquisition of technical skills and opportunities for scholarships and sponsorship’s based on talent where the county government will identify, exploit and support in the development of youth talent while engaging stakeholders who can extend scholarship opportunities for such talents.

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17 Jul
By: admin 0 1

Nandi County’s Big 4 picks momentum

A committee chaired by Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei that is tasked with the process of aligning the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) with that of the National Government’s Big Four agenda held a meeting to deliberate on the structure that is going to guide and align county’s agenda with the National’s agenda of the Big Four.

The County Government of Nandi is seeking to seize and leverage on this timely opportunity and fit in the national government’s plans as it strives to transform lives through manufacturing, Agriculture, affordable housing and universal healthcare.

The County Government has allocated resources for some of the flagship projects in the Financial Year 2018/2019 so as to ensure timely and smooth impleme ntation

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