Water and Irrigation PS Prof Segor Launched the EABL sorghum expansion strategy paper

Water and Irrigation PS Prof Segor Launched the EABL sorghum expansion strategy paper at the Nairobi university towers today. Key highlights 1. Ministry to upscale promotion of sorghum to support blending for nutrition as well as reducing pressure on maize. 2 Ministry to consider adoption of EABL private sector farmers contracting model. 3 Ministry to support data collection and sharing, which was cited by stakeholders as one of the major challenges faced by private sector when promoting certain enterprises. 4 There is need for resolving the issue of extension services. EABL spend 70% of their work and budget supporting farmers on extension issues. The brewers have concluded that Kenyan farmers can’t succeed well supported extension system. 5 There is enough job for the youths in sorghum value chain. Awareness creation is needed in this regard.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri launched a 15-man Sugar Task Force

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri today launched a 15-man Sugar Task Force which will look into the sugar sector and recommend way forward in addressing the problems ailing the industry. The team which includes Governors Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu), Okoth Obado (Migori) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) have 40 days to complete the task. It will be co-chaired by CS Kiunjuri & Governor Oparanya.

October 2018 Crop Conditions Bulletin

In parts of  Western and Nyanza , poor distribution of the short rains resulted in crop stress and the areas are under watch. Conditions are expected to improve especially with the forecasted enhanced rainfall in the month of November. Overall a reduction in average prices was observed in the markets for maize and beans, however wheat prices recorded an increase. In the northern rift,areas around Mt Elgon harvesting of the long rains season crop is ongoing. In other parts of the country the onset of the short rains has delayed  and land preparation is still ongoing with minimal dry planting especially upper and lower eastern,central. Read more here

CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri said today that the Government has paid Sh. 9.4b for maize deliveried to NCPB from October 16, 2017 todate

CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri said today that the Government has paid Sh. 9.4b for maize deliveried to NCPB from October 16, 2017 todate. He told a Press Conference that out of this, Sh 7b was paid before he assumed office as CS Agriculture. He said 152 people were being investigated on the maize payments to determine whether they were paid legitimately or not. “I’ve already furnished the relevant arms of government with the info they required for investigation but am so frustrated they have taken too long to complete the investigation. I have finished my part” the CS said.

Government to promote dairy goat farming

Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri said on October 12 that the Government through the Ministry, will promote dairy goat farming as goat milk was highly nutritious and therefore recommended for consumption by especially young children and the elderly.

He spoke when he launched the Sh. 100 million Dairy Goat Artificial Insemination (AI) Centre at Ndomba, Kirinyaga County which has been developed by the Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre (KAGRC).

CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur led Kenyans in marking the World Food Day

CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur today led Kenyans in marking the World Food Day, which was celebrated at the KARLO farm, Njoro, Nakuru County. He said it was possible to attain zero hunger if Kenyans applied the right crop husbandry, harvested and used rain water for irrigation and embraced innovation. He said about 1.3 million Kenyans were food insecure and depended on the government for food relief. 820 million people in the world are good insecure, he said.

 

From Left: FAO Kenya Country representative Dr. Gabriel Rugalema, CAS Dr. Aandrew Tuimur, Nakuru Governor Lee kinyanjui and Agricalture CEC Nakuru Dr. Emaculate Maina during the World Food Day celebrations in Nakuru County, October 16