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17 Jul
By: NGPU 0

County Government of Nakuru to boost dairy farming,bee keeping,poultry and maize farming through NARIGIP

Farming is one of the main economic activities in Nakuru County. With 60% of the county’s population employed directly in the agricultural sector, it is apparent that agrarian segment plays a critical role not only in food provision but also in generation of employment opportunities.

In spite of agriculture being the major source of income for over a million farmers in Nakuru County, about 50% of rural population, people who depend on agriculture for their livelihood are classified as poor.

The demand for various agricultural produce keeps on growing, however farmers in Nakuru County have not been able to exploit this opportunity due to a number of constraints such as over reliance on rain-fed agriculture; high cost of farm inputs; limited knowledge on good agricultural practices; limited access to markets and market information; lack of adequate knowledge in value addition; poor infrastructure such as impassable roads and dilapidated markets among a myriad of other factors.

However, this situation is about to change as Nakuru County has been selected among other twenty-one counties, where the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP) is being implemented.

According to Mr. Njoroge Githunguri, who is also the County Project Coordinator, NARIG-P is designed in an innovative way that brings together the National, the selected County Governments and a development partner (World Bank) to chart away in helping empower small-holder farmers economically for social inclusivity.

‘The objective of the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project is to address the main constraints that hinder the growth of the agricultural sector in the Kenya by increasing agricultural productivity and profitability’, says Githunguri.

NARIG-P is participatory in its approach as it aims at involving and giving a voice to the targeted farming communities in during the implementation process.

‘The project’s seven guiding principles underpin the rationale of community involvement in an effort of reducing vulnerability of rural poor who are mainly farmers and target beneficiaries of the project’, says Njoroge Githunguri.

The County Coordinating Unit will identify specific wards and farmers’ groups which will be empowered to sustainably take control of their livelihood strategies and with minimal support implement the project.          

A holistic approach has been adopted by the County Coordinating Unit to cover the four investment windows. Gender strategies will be developed for each project component, and targets setfor the participation of women and youth in the project.

In Nakuru County, the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) targets to boost four (4) value chains: dairy, apiculture (Beekeeping), poultry and maize. These value-chains have been carefully selected using the set-out criteria both by the development partner working together with all the stakeholders

NARIG-P will be implemented in five sub-counties of Nakuru, namely: Kuresoi-North, Molo, Naivasha, Njoro and Bahati. Twenty wards in these sub-counties will benefit.

 

The project will also integrate Sustainable Land Management practices in the development of Value-Chains (VCs) selected by counties and communities alike. As well as undertake a range ofactivities that are aimed at reducing stigma towards those infected by HIV/AIDS and contributing towards preventing further spread.

 

The selection of participating communities will be guided by the following underlying principles; regional balancing to ensure equitable sharing of project benefits across the sub-counties;available data and facts to ensure that selected areas are based on available socio-economic data on production potential, population density, poverty rates, under-nutrition levels, and vulnerabilities.

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04 Jun
By: NGPU 0

County to vet fishermen for compliance

The County Government of Nakuru is in the process of vetting and licensing fishermen in Lake Naivasha, in a bid to reduce exploitation of the freshwater Lake.
 
County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Immaculate Maina, officers from the Fisheries department will not renew licenses for those found to have contravened set guidelines.
 
Fishing in the breeding ground, dumping of old nest and noncompliance to safety measures are some of the malpractices.
 
“The county may also review the number of nets that each fishing boat is allowed to use so that we can have a balance between exploitation and the replenishment of fish in the lake,” said Dr. Maina.
 
Currently, the lake serves 178 fishing boats each carrying ten fishing nets.
 
Fishing activities in the lake have also been suspended as a cleanup exercise takes place, in reference to the World Environment Day celebrations.
 
The county is also conducting surveillance training to maize farmers across the County that has been affected by the Fall Army Worm.
 
Dr. Maina advised farmers to practice integrated farming and spot control before resolving to use of pesticides.
 
“We have noticed that the infestation is lower in mixed fields compared to fields where only one crop has been grown,” she noted.
 
So far, Gilgil Sub County has been the most affected area in the region.
 
Dr. Maina said the county was in collaboration with agrochemical companies that are training spray service providers on the right way to administer the pesticide, for an effective outcome.
 
The county has also distributed 490,000 pyrethrum seedlings to 8 sub-counties, in accordance with the Pyrethrum Revival project.
 
Over 3,000 avocado seedlings have also been distributed to farmers in Subukia sub-county, with more seedlings waiting to be spread out in the following weeks.
 
According to Dr. Maina, in the coming financial year, the County has put aside Sh 25million and Sh 30million for the purchase of Avocado and Pyrethrum seedlings respectively.
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