News Categories: Agriculture

08 Aug
By: NGPU 0

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE COUNTY IN AGRICULTURE

The County Government of Nakuru, under the governance of H.E. Governor Lee Kinyanjui, has been able to allocate adequate resources to the priority agricultural sector.

The agriculture directorates are vital enterprises that are considered key drivers not only for Nakuru County but also the national economic growth and for the critical attainment of the 10% economic growth rate envisaged under Kenya Vision 2030.

The Ministry of Agriculture, led by its CECM Dr. Immaculate Maina, has done a lot to enhance the dissemination of agriculture information to the farming communities for improved agriculture productivity, food security and farm incomes.

Through extension services, there’s enhanced capacity in dissemination and adoption of modern and appropriate technologies.

The ministry has put in place measures to ensure rigorous extension services through the officers and the Nakuru Farmers Call Center done to enhance the growth and development of small-scale farmers, the Minister says.

In heightening aquaculture development and productivity, the ministry through the officers has had continued planned individual farm visits and exchange visits. In addition to that, the department has been able to restock ponds and dams to increase the fish population within the county.

There has been improved farm productivity, market access, and market information through partnerships with stakeholders who have set aside funds to support farmers. Incentives like NARIGP, KCEP, and SDCP has seen farmers register high yields and income after the implementation of the programs.

To help avocado farmers, who have for the longest time been ripped off by brokers by buying at Sh. 8 from farmers who in turn sell them to the highest bidders at Sh. 32, the County Government is lobbying for conversations to help market the avocados directly to the buyers through county support.

The directorate of livestock has supported farmers through free vaccination to animals to strengthen the animals’ health and by giving affordable AI services to improve breeding.

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17 Jul
By: NGPU 0

65 micro-project proposals benefitting from the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP funding

BY LELETI JASSOR
8 Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs) yesterday received cheques worth Ksh 9,564,920 from the World Bank.
The cheque which was handed over to the committees by Deputy Governor Dr. Eric Korir, on behalf of Governor Lee Kinyanjui, seeks to strengthen the ability of community-based institutions to improve their agricultural productivity, food security, nutrition status, and market linkages.
The money under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) is 40% of the total project cost and 60% will later be released as the work progresses.
Dr. Korir said NARIGP aims at addressing the main constraints facing agriculture by increasing agricultural production and productivity using community participatory and value chain approaches.
He urged farmers to be good forerunners for the implementation of the project to be emulated with other participating counties as well as make use of natural resources for the common good.
CECM Agriculture, Dr. Immaculate Maina, confirmed that 65 micro-project proposals were benefitting from the funding and added that the four value chains supported had the capacity to provide for all households.
With Nakuru County being the leading producer of milk and ranking second in potato production with 12 tonnes per acre, Dr. Maina said that expected agricultural productivity and profitability of each product will be increased at the targeted rural communities over a period of time.
NARIGP is a National and County Government initiative funded by World Bank across 21 counties including Nakuru. The project areas within the county include Molo, Njoro, Bahati, Naivasha and Kuresoi North Sub Counties. The 65 micro-project proposals are categorized into 33 for value chains, 16 for sustainable land management, 8 for vulnerable marginalized groups and 8 for nutrition.
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