PS Harry Kimtai signs a launch partnership agreement between the National Government, FAO and 7 County Governments in mitigating drought.

PS Harry Kimtai today signed a launch partnership agreement between the National Government, FAO and the County Governments of West Pokot, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River and Turkana in mitigating drought. These are FAO intervention project areas for mitigation and most affected livestock dependent areas. The value for the six emergency projects is Ksh.49,033,007 for mitigating severe dryness and Ksh.82,568,000 for protecting livestock assets and safeguarding livelihoods in Kenya’s ASALS.

PS Kimtai also flagged off Livestock feeds to the affected counties. He said that the Government is in great support of the intervention by FAO and requested the county representatives who were present at the signing and flagging off of feeds to implement the projects perfectly.

The PS SDL, Harry Kimtai hands over excellence awards to five senior officers who have demonstrated quality service delivery.

The PS SDL, Harry Kimtai has today morning at his Kilimo Office handed over excellence awards to five senior officers who demonstrated quality service delivery. The awards, which the PS handed over on behalf of the President, are meant to motivate and contribute to overall public service efficiency and effectiveness. Two of the awards were medals of Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) and three medals of Head of State Commendation.

CAS Dr.Andrew Tuimor at the Whitesands Sarova Mombasa officially opening the 8th African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS).

CAS Dr.Andrew Tuimor arrived at the Whitesands Sarova Mombasa yesterday to officially open the 8th African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) which is a flagship platform for driving policy changes for the Grain sector in Africa.

The summit convenes high-Level delegations of policymakers, grain industry, business leaders, industry experts and development partners from across Africa and beyond for pertinent matters in grain trade and inform strategic directions of the Grain sector in Africa.

After officially launching the Kenya standards for Hermetic storage technologies which have been gazetted in Kenya for implementation in an effort to address post-harvest losses, he presented a copy to Mr.Gerald Masila the Executive Director East African Grain council and other stakeholders.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri welcomes H.E President Uhuru kenyatta as he opens the Nairobi ASK Show at Jamhuri Grounds.

On Wednesday CS Mwangi Kiunjuri welcomed H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta as he opened the Nairobi ASK Show at Jamhuri Grounds.

In keeping with the Show theme “Promoting Innovation and Technology Agriculture and Trade”, CS Kiunjuri noted that the agriculture sector at both levels of government continues to make interventions that are taking innovative technologies closer to the farmers and upcoming industrialists.

The 2019 show has attracted 400 local and 100 international exhibitors from across the world including Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, Botswana, South Africa, India, Japan, India, China, Indonesia France, Turkey, Belgium, Netherlands, USA among others.

The CS with PS Prof Hamadi Boga and a technical team from Kilimo attend the 13th Meeting of the sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security in the EAC Headquarters in Arusha,Tanzania.

Today, the CS with PS Prof Hamadi Boga and a technical team from Kilimo attended the 13th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security in the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. As a community of East African Member States, fruitful discussions were held on how to improve the agriculture sector from a common front. Issues discussed range from production on costs and quality, food safety, post-harvest loss management among others.

SA SDCD R, Kello Harsama accompanied by Dr. Johnson Waithaka, Director Crops, officiate at the Kenya Seed Co 2019 Annual Scientific Field Day.

Today the SA SDCD R, Kello Harsama accompanied by Dr. Johnson Waithaka, Director Crops, officiated at the Kenya Seed Co 2019 Annual Scientific Field Day showcasing top quality climate-resilient varieties and innovations to enhance food security and nutrition. He noted that Kenya Seed as a company plays an important role in the government’s quest to achieve the Big 4 agenda through research and development of superior varieties. He added that in view of adverse climate change more effort is required to promote the adoption of early maturing and drought-tolerant varieties. In his off the cuff remarks he used a play on the wrestling “do not try this at home” to urge farmers to take the innovations home and try them.
The MD Kenya Seed said the company is facing challenges getting adequate land due to massive sub-division of large farms into small units. He requested a halt to further sub-division of ADC farms and urged private large scale farmers to maintain their acreage to guarantee future seed production.

CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur presides over the Ahiti Ndomba 34th graduation Ceremony in Kirinyaga County.

The CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur yesterday presided over the Ahiti Ndomba 34th Graduation Ceremony in Kirinyaga County. In his remarks, the CAS challenged the graduands to uphold integrity as they join the industry. The total number of graduands were 155 where 44 did Diploma in Animal Health and production and the rest 111 did Certificate in Animal Health and production. He was accompanied by PS Harry Kimtai, Director of Veterinary services Dr. Njagi, Lorna Odero Director Admin. SDL, Jackline CEC Agriculture Kirinyaga County among others.

PS Prof Hamadi Boga officially launches The Agri Nutrition curricula – Kenya school of Agriculture during the 3rd National Agri-Nutrition Conference at the Safari Park hotel.

PS Prof Hamadi Boga officially launched The Agri Nutrition curricula – Kenya school of Agriculture during the 3rd National Agri-Nutrition Conference at the Safari Park hotel yesterday.

The PS also addressed delegates and said the Government has prioritized nutrition in its national policies as well as in the Big Four Agenda, which reflects its commitment to ensuring 100% food and nutrition security. To share experiences and accelerate progress towards attainment of food and nutrition security goals, the Ministry (MOALF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is holding the Third Agri-Nutrition Conference on September 24th to 26th at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. The conference theme is: “Enhancing Multisectoral Agri-Nutrition Approaches for Improved Nutrition Outcomes.” Other principal guests will include key representatives from USAID and other partners, County Executives from the 47 counties, civil society leaders and representatives of actors, international and national NGOs, research and academic institutions, and key stakeholders from different sector. Over 400 delegates are attending.

The PS SDFA&BE Prof. Micheni Ntiba yesterday at Kilimo house signs an MOU to implement the ABDP with the leadership of six counties.

The PS SDFA&BE Prof. Micheni Ntiba yesterday at Kilimo house signed an MOU with the leadership of six counties ( Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Kakamega, Migori, Homabay, and Meru) to implement the ABDP which has jointly been funded by the GOK and IFAD. This is to support and enhance the commercial viability of the aquaculture sector. The program aims to increase the incomes, food security and nutritional status of rural households involved in aquaculture. The MOU will pave way for accelerated of activities in the entire Aquaculture value chain and support the achievement of the Government’s Big 4 agenda on food and nutrition security.