The CS Hon Peter Munya at Kilimo house flags off 10 vehicles with mounted sprayers for desert locust control

The CS Hon Peter Munya today at Kilimo house flagged off 10 vehicles with mounted sprayers for desert locust control handed over by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
In his remarks, the CS said the Ministry plans to increase the number of spray aircrafts to 10 with a further 10 for surveillance and acquire and deploy an additional 20 vehicles mounted with sprayers for ground control of mainly hatching hoppers

CS Hon Peter Munya flags off 42 double cabin vehicles to support the implementation of NARIG.

CS Hon Peter Munya has assured Kenyans that the Ministry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic will ensure that all necessary facilitation and support is provided to farmers to enable farming activities to continue for food and nutrition security, keeping in mind the safety and health of the farmers.
Flagging of 42 double cabin vehicles to support the implementation of the National Agricultural and rural inclusion growth project(NARIG) in 21 selected counties the CS said the NARIG project will contribute towards the realization of the goals and aspirations of attaining 100% food and nutrition security under the big 4 Agenda of the Government.
The NARIG project objective is to increase agricultural productivity and profitability of the targeted rural communities in the selected 21 counties. It is a five-year project funded to the tune of 219 million US dollars by the World bank.

CS Peter Munya officially opens the Eastern Kenya Branch ASK Show at Njukini, Embu

Yesterday CS Peter Munya officially opened the Eastern Kenya Branch ASK Show at Njukini, Embu. He was accompanied by CAS Agriculture and Corporstives, Ann Nyaga.

This year’s theme “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade”- “Ukuzaji wa Uvumbuzi na Teknolojia katika Kilimo na Biashara” aligns well with the Government’s current agenda of transforming agriculture and the economy to provide a better quality of life for citizens.

PS Prof. Hamadi Boga at Wilson Airport flags off 3 more aerial spraying aircrafts brought in by FAO.

Today, PS Prof. Hamadi Boga at Wilson Airport flagged off 3 more aerial spraying aircrafts brought in by FAO to boost the locust control operations in the country. Speaking during the flag off the PS said the Government in conjunction with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will undertake an impact assessment of the desert locusts on livelihoods, food security and availability of pasture to enable the Government and development partners to identify mitigation measures and quantify resources required to support the affected communities.

The CS Hon peter Munya in his key note address during the locust sensitisation.

The CS Hon Peter Munya in his keynote address during the locust sensitization announced that at the moment the Ministry is working closely with FAO to firm up the six operations bases among them Wajir, Garissa, Masinga Turkana, and Marsabit and also seeking to raise the number of aircrafts in the operation to 20.
The CS further said the Government is procuring more ground control vehicles, protective clothing, GPSs, and radio communication to enhance ground control.

Livestock and Fisheries CAS Jebii Kilimo officiates the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Central Veterinary Laboratories at Kabete

Yesterday the Livestock and Fisheries CAS Jebii Kilimo officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Central Veterinary Laboratories at Kabete. The renovation was undertaken with the support of the United States of America (USA) through the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Jebii who opened the laboratories on behalf of her CS Peter Munya said that the opening of the rehabilitated facilities will enhance biosafety and biosecurity which will safeguard both human health, animal health, the environment and productivity as related to food safety, trade and the efficiency of disease diagnosis. She appreciated the excellent partnership between Kenya and the USA as demonstrated by the development and trade relations and urged Kenyans to take advantage of such developments in improving livestock herds for increased gains.

CS Peter Munya launches first BT cotton seeds in the country.

Yesterday, CS Peter Munya launched the first BT cotton seeds in the country as part of the revitalization of Kenya’s cotton, textile, and apparel sector.

BT cotton is currently planted in 15 countries globally covering an area of 24.1 million hectares. The top three leading BT cotton producers are India (11.6 Million hectares), USA (5.06 Million Hectares) and China (2.93 Million Hectares). In Africa, Kenya is now joining six other countries that have already taken up BT cotton namely South Africa, Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, and eSwatini.

Additionally, CS Munya launched the cotton hybrid seed, which is ready for planting this season. The seed, which ensures good lint quality as compared to conventional variety, will be distributed to farmers by Rivatex. He was flanked by CS Hon Eugene Wamalwa, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, PS Crops/Research Prof Hamadi Boga and PS Cooperatives Ali Noor Ismail.

Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya officially opens the Eldoret ASK National show at the Eldoret Showground

Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, last week officially opened the Eldoret ASK National show held at the Eldoret Showground. Munya who opened the show on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Agricultural Shows continues to play an important role in promoting innovations, technology, and trade for the betterment of the country’s economy. The show is a way of bringing all the value chain actors and service providers together, offering them an opportunity to secure valuable information, CS added.

CS Munya accompanied with CAS Madam Jebii Kilimo (second left) and his Livestock PS Harry Kimtai being taken round the show by the host Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.

PS SDL, Harry Kimtai today morning opened a Food Safety Workshop at the New Stanley Hotel Nairobi

PS SDL, Harry Kimtai today morning opened a Food Safety Workshop at the New Stanley Hotel Nairobi that was also attended by Ambassador Dr. Thomas Jemmi, Deputy Director General of the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) and Mrs. Awilo Ochineg Pernet Formerly Chairperson FAO/WHO, from the Government of Switzerland to share their experience on managing food control system. This is a stakeholders meeting to discuss food safety matters focusing on experiences with competent authorities and relevant stakeholders with a view to strengthening our collaborations and learning Switzerland’s best practices. PS Kimutai said that this will enable us identity areas for support in order to strengthen food safety control system in Kenya. He said the workshop will also identity specific issues of mutual interest for increased cooperation between two governments as an opportunity to strengthening food safety controls.