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.

Dr. Julius Kiptarus presents grant cheques on behalf of PS SDL Harry Kimtai, to groups of dairy farming who participated in SDCP in Uasin Gishu County.

Dr. Julius Kiptarus, Director Livestock Production yesterday presented grant cheques, on behalf of PS SDL Harry Kimtai, to groups of dairy farming who participated in SDCP, in Uasin Gishu County.

The groups which benefited with cheques are Ainabkoi Progressive Dairy Farmers and Plateau Lelit Dairy Farmers, both from Ainabkoi Sub County. The Modairy Self help group from Kapseret Sub-County also benefited with a grant of a cheque, having been rewarded before with a cooler under installation for use.

So far the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries, through GOK has spent nearly 2.5 billion, to develop and equip dairy farmers. The Small Dairy Commercialization Programme SDCP, which exits its services this month, worked tirelessly for the work well done. Director Kiptarus was accompanied by SDCP coordinator, Dr. Moses Kembe, NSC members and senior officers from the Uasin Gishu County.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri opens the Kitale National ASK Show in Trans Nzoia County

Yesterday, CS Mwangi Kiunjuri opened the Kitale National ASK Show in Trans Nzoia County, during which he toured exhibitions.

In his remarks, he said that the Ministry is promoting utilization of alternative food types and particularly drought-tolerant crops in the manufacture of food and feeds on the country to ease pressure on maize as human food and animal feed.

To cushion maize and potato farmers against climate risks and shocks, he added the Government has allocated Crop Insurance Program Kshs 371.5M.

He urged farmers to take an interest also in Livestock Insurance Programme.

He was joined by CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur, PS Livestock Harry Kimtai, Deputy Governor Dr. Stanely Tarus, MP Wycliffe Wanyonyi, Trans Nzoia Agriculture CEC Mary Nzomo and other senior officers from the ministry.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri commissions 9 milk coolers in Trans Nzoia County

Today, CS Mwangi Kiunjuri commissioned 9 milk coolers in Trans Nzoia County. 14 milk coolers have been delivered to the County.

The Ministry @kilimoKE has imported 350 milk coolers worth 2.2b and so far 283 milk coolers have been distributed and installed in various cooperatives across the country.

This will reduce post-harvest losses and increase milk productivity.

Later he distributed 9,000 avocado seedlings to various farmers in this County.

He was joined by PS Livestock Mr. Harry Kimtai, Deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus, MPs Wycliffe Wanyonyi & Joshua Kutuny, Trans Nzoia CEC Mary Nzomo, Director Livestock Production Julius Kiptarus, Kenya Seed MD Azariah Soi, DG KALRO Dr. Eliud Kireger & other senior officers in the Ministry.

PS SDL Mr Harry Kimtai attends an official National Exit Workshop of Small Dairy Commercialization Programme at Dairy Training Institute (DTI), in Naivasha.

The PS SDL Mr Harry Kimtai today attended an official National Exit Workshop of Small Dairy Commercialization Programme at Dairy Training Institute (DTI), in Naivasha. The Workshop was planned to reflect on the achievements and lessons learnt from the programme. SDCP has been in operation since 2006, funded by the GOK and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). Kimtai thanked IFAD for their great support to this programme which has uplifted small-town scale dairy farmers in Kenya and increased the incomes of the poor rural families.

 

PS Kimtai also officially opened the Dairy Training Institute (DTI) conference centre and 38 modern hostels constructed by SDCP, through the support of IFAD.

 

 

Opening of the 116th ASK Show in Mombasa

Today, H.E the President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta opened the 116th ASK Show in Mombasa.

In his speech, the President said that his administration has developed a Comprehensive ASTGS 2010-2029 that will guide in increasing agricultural productivity urging the 47 Counties to domesticate it.

He noted that his Government recognizes the importance of Blue Economy and has therefore revived the Liwatoni Fisheries Centre in Mombasa and is in the process of establishing the Shimoni Mariculture Centre.

Further he said that the Ministry of Agriculture has developed the Kenya Agriculture Insurance Programme (KAIP), a Crop Insurance, which has benefited close to 50,000 farmers and the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program in ASAL areas, which has benefitted close to 180 pastoralists.

He was joined by Tourism CS Najib Balala, CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur, Governor Mombasa Hassan Joho, Governor Kajiado Joseph Ole Lenku, PS Fisheries Prof Ntiba, and PS Livestock Harry Kimtai among other leaders.

National Crop Conditions Bulletin July-2019

 

Overview

· The month ofJuly had good  rains in the major crop growing areas in the Western and North Rift regions.

·  Crop performance was poor with crop failure experienced in parts of Lower Eastern, Coast, Narok West 

·  Early planted crops were affected by  water stress resulting in below average yields being realized.

·  FAW infestation, drought and MNLD affected crops in Narok West, Bomet and Bungoma. Kilifi and Kisumu also experienced FAW infestation.

·   A reduction in total area planted for maize, beans and wheat has been observed due to late onset of the rains.

·  Harvesting of beans is ongoing in Meru, Nandi, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet. Maize harvesting is ongoing in parts of  Nyanza and  Rift Valley regions.

· Slight reduction in the prices of maize, while a slight increase in beans and wheat prices was observed in selected markets.

July 2019 Bulletin