Category: Agriculture

19 Aug
By: Vince 0

Governor calls for more Agricultural Fairs and Expos

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has lauded the big role agricultural fairs and expo’s play in the growth and development of the agricultural sector in the country.

He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the two day EAGC Agribusiness Expo that came to a close yesterday at the Kabarak University Main Campus, in Nakuru.

Governor Mbugua also gave the County’s commitment in supporting the sector and encouraged for more such activities to bolster agriculture within and around the County.

“My County Government is committed in supporting the agriculture sector through all means including field days, exhibitions and all the activities that brings together the players in the agricultural sector.”

He went on to add that there was more capacity to do and achieve more.

“This expo provides an opportunity for the farmers in this County to establish network and contact with players in the agriculture sector to enable them access goods and services. There is capacity to produce more if you adopt modern technologies and good agricultural practices. For this to succeed, participation of all the stakeholders including the farming community along the farming business value chain is encouraged.”

“Nakuru County is well endowed with a wide range of agro- ecological Zones which supports a wide range of crop, livestock and fish Enterprises and this opportunity needs to be exploited to the fullest. Agribusiness through products’ value chain and promotion of post-harvest technologies is an area that needs more emphasis through capacity building and marketing strategies as witnessed here today.” Mbugua said.

Present at the function was CeC in charge of Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony, Kabarak University’s Prof. Ronald Chepkilot, EACG chair Dr. Otim Benard, EACG Executive Director Gerald Masila, Nakuru County Director of Trade Mandeep Singh, Economic Advisor Eng. David Muthoga, Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko.

The theme of the event that brought together 20,000 farmers, sponsors and exhibitors from all over the East African Region, highlighted on Promoting post-harvest technologies: “Improving the quality, safety and marketability of farm produce.”

The annual two day forum organized by the East Africa Grain Council brings together stakeholders in the agricultural sector – agribusiness, telecommunication, banking, seed companies, machinery, farmers, grain millers, warehouse operators, grain traders, agricultural institution’s, with a focus on post-harvest loss management.

The exhibitors included Sponsors i.e, Safaricom, Bell industries Ltd, Trans National Bank, Kentainers, MEA ltd, Chase Bank, Greenlife, Unga Ltd, Trade Hub, Brazafric enterprises, Intertek, Lesiolo Grain Handlers Ltd among others

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18 Aug
By: Vince 0

Free Pyrethrum Seeds Program Gathers Pace, Bahati Ambulance Commissioned

NAKURU, Kenya 18th August 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today commissioned the third phase of the free pyrethrum seedlings program where 125 farmers from Bahati constituency received 5,500 seedlings each as the revival of the once lucrative cash crop gathered speed.

The farmers who all belong to various co-operatives received a total of 690,000 seedlings which they will be able to start of pyrethrum farming.

This follows the previous phases where Kinungi, Molo, Kuresoi North and South farmers received the free seedlings.

Governor Mbugua urged the farmers to practice the best farming methods to be able to reap from the huge potential the crop has always had.

“We have so many agricultural officers on the ground who are very experienced and all you have to do is to get in touch with them and they will show you how to best grow this crops and get better yields.”

In first phase 165,000 seedlings were distributed to 28 farmers from Kinungi and surrounding areas from the total of 1.1 million, each farmer receiving 3,000 seedlings to plant on quarter acres of land.

At the same function, Governor Mbugua asked Nakuru County residents to shun divisive politics and instead pursue the greater agenda of the County’s transformation.

He has made it clear that he is and will continue to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government to bring development to the County of Nakuru.

Addressing the farmers, Governor Mbugua reiterated his call that it’s time to work and not engage in local politics’.

“We must be loyal to our president because whatever I have to do, I do it within the leadership of our president. Let’s stop politicizing everything, the time we have now is just for working and delivering on our promises when you elected us to be your leaders.”

Speaking at the same function Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri lauded the selfless work that the Governor has been undertaking saying this is the noteworthy leadership style we all yearn for.

“We thank you Governor Mbugua for the steadfast leadership we witness from you. More importantly the way you work and unite with the other leaders from around the County. Your selflessness is one to be admired and we respect you for that immensely.”

Later Governor Mbugua and MP Kimani Ngunjiri commissioned an ambulance which was donated by Geothermal Development Company (GDC) to be used by Bahati Hospital.

The two leaders also inspected the rehabilitation of the operation theatre and maternity ward at the hospital.

The facility once fully operational will help families save on the costs of referral to Nakuru Level 5 hospital, which is fifty kilometers away.

The function was also attended by CeC Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony, CO Agriculture Purity Muritu, Bahati DC, Agricultural officers from the County.

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