National, County Governments to collaborate to grow agriculture

Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri hosted a successful consultative meeting for the Council of Governors in Mombasa on May 8, 2019 where the two levels of Government agreed to work together to enhance national food and nutrition security.

The two levels of Government noted that they have not cooperated closely enough in the past, which had resulted in challenges in implementing agricultural activities and programmes.

“The two levels of Government compliment, rather than compete with each other, hence the need for us to collaborate more closely for the sake of developing our agricultural sector” the CS  and the chairman of the Council of Governors Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya observed.

The Meeting which was attended by a record 14 Governors and senior Ministry officials who included the Chief Administrative Secretary Andrew Tuimur and Principal Secretaries resolved to address pertinent issues that hampered the discharge of the Government agricultural mandate.

National Crop Conditions Bulletin -April 2019

Key messages

·        Late onset, poor distribution and erratic patterns  of the 2019 long rains affected the early planted crop resulting in water stress, wilting and poor germinatio in most parts of the country.

·        Planting was delayed in some parts of the country and this is expected to cause a reduction in total production.

·         With the onset of the rains late in April, planting and replanting is expected to begin and continue in May.

·         Fall army Worm infestation were observed Narok, Laikipia, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia and Elgeyo Marakwet

·        Notable increase in the prices of maize, beans and wheat was observed in selected markets.


National crop bulletin April 2019

National crop conditions bulletin-March 2019

Late onset of the 2019 long rains and prevailing dry conditions affected the early planted crop resulting in water stress and wilting being observed in most parts of the country

Planting in the Central ,coastal ,lower eastern region is expected to commence once the long rains commence in April

Fall army Worm infestation were observed in Kisii and Nyamira. In West Pokot infestation of the Fall Army Worm  in the irrigated areas which was observed in February has been contained.

Prices of maize, beans and wheat remained stable, with a slight increase observed in selected markets.

National Crop Conditions Bulletin_March 2019

Inaugural High Panel Conference on Agriculture Research in Kenya, ICRAF headquarters, 13th September 2018

The theme of Conference, which was organized by the State Department for Agricultural Research along with other partners, was, “Priority Setting in Agriculture Research: Towards Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security in a Changing Climate”

Motivated by the Berlin “Falling Walls Conference” the conference brought together leading personalities drawn from key sectors that influence agricultural research to discuss key issues in agriculture and it provide information which is be useful in enhancing coordination of agricultural research.

The purpose of the Conference was to initiate an annual discussion aimed at closing the gaps in agricultural research in order to increase agricultural productivity, reduce food losses and increase value of agricultural produce.

To access the Conference Concept, Program, Rapporteur notes, and other materials, click here

Taking Stock of a Decade-long Evidence-based Experiences of Flood-Based Livelihoods Systems (FBLS) in Africa & Asia: Knowledge and Experience Sharing Symposium Dates: 4th – 13th March 2019 Venue: Voi Wildlife Lodge Taita Taveta County Kenya

ICRAF together with MetaMeta, IWMI, FBLN and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation- Directorate of Land Reclamation and National Irrigation Board (NIB) are jointly organizing a symposium as a platform for sharing experiences (through discussions and field visits) as well as cross-fertilization of knowledge on FBLS through the following thematic areas:
• Towards more efficient and resilient flood water governance and management systems;
• Innovative proven SMART (Simple, Market-based, Affordable, Repairable and Technically feasible) technologies in FBLS;
• Good agronomic farming practices for improved livelihoods and food security;
• Job creation particularly for young people and women in FBLS sectors;
• Agroforestry and livestock management in FBLS;
• Resilient appropriate and cost-effective road water harvesting practices; and
• ICT empowered horizonal learning (a cross cutting theme) to further upscale the knowledge and experiences shared.

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PS Irrigation, Prof. Segor commissions water projects

PS SDI Prof Segor inspected and commissioned some of the projects under the Equalization Funds in Tana River County. The State Department for Irrigation is implementing 9 projects in Tana River County i.e. Bangale water pan and borehole, Gurujo water pan, Hadhama water pan, Take water pan, Mardete water pan, Kalkacha water pan , Haroresa water pan, Did-Ade water pan and Tank-E water pans.

National Crop Conditions Bulletin for January 2019

Late onset of the short rains, erratic rains and early cessation adversely affected crop production in most parts of the country during the season. Low acreage was established and below average yields are expected in most parts of the country. Land preparation for the Long Rains has commenced and is expected to continue into February in most parts of the North rift. Harvesting of the short rains beans is ongoing in Nakuru, Kericho and parts of lower and upper Eastern. Maize harvesting is complete in Western, Lower Nyanza and was at 30% in Upper Nyanza which comprises Kisii and Nyamira. Market prices for maize and wheat recorded an increase but bean prices recorded a drop for rosecoco and canadian wonder varieties

National Crop Conditions Bulletin_January 2019
National Crop Conditions Bulletin_January 2019

validation of the Report of the National Maize Task Force

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri makes his remarks during the validation of the Report of the National Maize Task Force in Nairobi Friday, 25th January 2019.  He  is flanked by Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba, left and the chairman of the United Grain Millers Association Peter Kuguru. The CS said the Government will do everything possible to streamline the country’s grain sector.