KAPNGORIOM FARMERS COOPERATIVE APICULTURE VENTURE
On Friday 23rd October, the Chief Officer for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Wilson Lelei joined Chepkunyuk Ward representative in the County Assembly Hon. Dr. Paul Sanga, Agriculture staff and members of Kapngoriom Farmers’ Cooperative in unveiling of their new society and bee farming project.
Presiding over the event, the CO called on residents of Chepkunyuk Ward in Nandi Hills Sub-County to take up the lucrative apiary venture saying that it is more profitable than most traditional crop farming. He took the opportunity to reaffirm the county government’s commitment in strengthening cooperatives through funding, technical advice and support.
The department of Agriculture has been training and sponsoring exchange visits for young enthusiastic farmers on modern bee-keeping technologies to boost their production. The Government of Nandi pledges to continue with the support through extension services and more funding though the National Agricultural & Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP)
Dr. Sanga who likened the Choimim area to ‘Canaan’ said that with the unveiling of the first Apiary Cooperative Society in the area, the place will soon be full of milk and honey.
NARIGP County Project Coordinator Mr. Jared Mutai reiterated the government’s devotion in support of Kapngoriom Farmers’ Coop through the Sustainable Land Management (SLM) window supports Common Interest Groups and Producer Organizations (POs).
He encouraged the group to devise a proposal, with the help of Chepkunyuk Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs), for funding towards expanding their apiary project.
According to the society’s secretary, the group which has 50 Langstroth hives looks forward to expanding their capacity to 200 beehives with the county’s support. The event culminated with the official unveiling of the apiculture venture and presentation of certificate of registration as well