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14 Jun
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County revives and introduces crops of high economic potential

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has urged farmers to form cooperative societies as the County revives and introduces crops of high economic potential.

The County has procured over 2.5 million pyrethrum planting materials for the farmers worth Sh9.8 Million from various nursery operators within the County.

Nakuru used to produce 60 per cent of the Country’s pyrethrum, with a potential of 12,000 metric tons prior to the year 2004.

Governor Kinyanjui said farmers in organized groups would help them access training, planting materials, credit facilities and market their products with ease.

“We will be educating our farmers on contract farming and link them to markets locally and broad,” the Governor stated.

He said the County will make good use of the agricultural extension officers to reach out to farmers. The County has partnered with Egerton University in research and training.

This comes at a time when the County is mulling at setting up public nurseries for the economically viable crops.

The County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr Immaculate Maina said the nurseries will propagate Pyrethrum, Avocado and Tea and other crops.

Dr Maina said her office is in talks with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) for the nursery registration and certification.

“The County will soon be registering nurseries run by youth and women groups,” Dr Maina noted.

Dr Maina was optimistic that establishing the nurseries would cut down on costs while ensuring quality and maximizing on quantity.

The CECM urged locals to factor and make sure agricultural projects have a big share in the County Integrated Development Plans for budgeting purposes.

They were speaking during the distribution of pyrethrum and avocado seedlings for Njoro sub-County at Kihingo.
On avocado farming, the CECM said the venture presents a good opportunity for farmers, but more so for youths to venture into.

Avocados rank fourth most important national fruit crop and have grown to represent 17 per cent of Kenya’s total horticultural exports.

Kakuzi PLC General Manager- Horticulture Mr Paul Mbugua said the global avocado market is insatiable and urged farmers to embrace avocado farming.

Local avocado farmer Mr Peter Chege said his farm has over 300 trees but only less than 100 are yielding citing poor variety.
Dr Maina said the County is vouching for the Hass variety due to its demand and high global prices.

Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir said the County under the Boresha Barabara program is keen on opening up rural roads in agricultural rich zones to enable farmers access markets.

The Deputy Governor warned agricultural extension officer of laxity at the time the County was keen on reviving agriculture in line with the Big 4 Agenda.

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12 Jun
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Governor Kinyanjui calls for transparency in the Solai tragedy resettlement exercise

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has asked the multi-sectoral committee spearheading resettlement of Solai Dam tragedy victims to uphold transparency while carrying out their mandate.

The committee comprises of officers from the national and county governments, victims, humanitarian agencies, religious organizations and political leaders.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mongo Chimwanga will head the committee mandated to ensure that all the victims are fully settled and compensated.

Governor Kinyanjui noted that lack of integrity has seen failed resettlement programs such as that of the Internally Displaced Persons of the 2007/08 Post Election Violence.

He said the County Government of Nakuru will cater for devolved functions while the national government will take up the rest.

Subukia Mp Samuel Gachobe called on victims of the Solai dam tragedy to be patient as the committee carries out its work adding that those politicizing the tragedy issue should seize forthwith.

47 people died following the tragedy a month ago but one disputed body of a ten-year-old girl is yet to be buried.

The Governor asked relevant agencies to fast-track the process so that the rightful owner can bury their kin.

He added that the tracing desk at the Solai DO’s office was still open for information on the tragedy.

Others present were the County Executive Committee Members Mr Mwangangi Mwania – Public Service, Training and Devolution, Mr Raymond Komen – Education, ICT and e-Government, Engineer Festus Ng’eno – Water, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Gender, Culture and Social Services Chief Officer Ms Tume Abduba, County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha, Rongai Deputy County Commissioner Mr Julius Kavita, Subukia MP Hon. Kinuthia Gacobe, Kabazi MCA Dr Peter Mbae, regional heads from the Kenya Red Cross and World Vision among others.

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