Tharaka Nithi county officers and National govt officers (Dlp & Dvs) mapping out plans for honey sampling in the County.

Tharaka Nithi county officers and National govt officers (Dlp & Dvs) mapping out plans for honey sampling in the County. This exercise is meant to be complete in 2weeks in 24Counties by 4 teams.
The key objective is to open Kenya honey market to European Union.

The samples shall be analysed for honey residues under Honey Residue monitoring Plan and Reporting.

Today CAS Ms Ann Nyaga graced the Oil Crops Farmers’ field day at Gogar Farm in Rongai, which was organized by Bidco Group.

Today CAS Ms Ann Nyaga graced the Oil Crops Farmers’ field day at Gogar Farm in Rongai, which was organized by Bidco Group. The field day aimed at helping farmers increase productivity by learning how to commercialize soya beans and sunflower farming. The event had brought together farmers from various Counties: Tharaka Nithi, Kiambu, Nakuru and Nyandarua. The farmers will serve as trainers of farmers in their respective counties.

Julius Kiptarus, Director Livestock Production giving his remarks during a workshop for Programme Completion Report (PCR), yesterday at Kisumu Hotel in Kisumu.

Julius Kiptarus, Director Livestock Production giving his remarks during a workshop for Programme Completion Report (PCR), yesterday at Kisumu Hotel in Kisumu. The one day workshop brought together stakeholders from 9 Counties which participated under the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme SDCP which has now exited. The objective of the programme was to increase the income of the poor rural households that depended on production and trade of milk and dairy products. The focus on commercialization and value addition has today allowed actors in Livestock Sector to get better yields and value while creating more employment opportunities for the rural youths.

Today PS SDCD – AR, Prof Hamadi Boga has visited the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Research Station south of Machakos on a familiarization tour of the research activities undertaken there.

Today PS SDCD – AR, Prof Hamadi Boga has visited the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Research Station south of Machakos on a familiarization tour of the research activities undertaken there. These include Livestock Genetics (Red Maasai Breeding), Animsl/Human Vaccine Development( Rift Valley Fever Vaccine human/animal – Malignant Catarrhal Fever Vaccine – animal), sustainable Livestock Systems and Climate Change (methane gas emissions), Feeds and forages development.

On arrival he was recieved by ILRIs Director General, Jimmy Smith and Bioscience Deputy Director, Dieter Schillinger. He was taken on the tour by Principal Researchers Bernard Bett, Sonja Leitner, Lutz Merbold, Chris Jones and Sita Ghimire.

This morning, CS Peter Munya visited Karambari in Mbeere North, Embu County to assess and make a follow-up on the progress of the desert locust control.

This morning, CS Peter Munya visited Karambari in Mbeere North, Embu County to assess and make a follow-up on the progress of the desert locust control. He was joined by althe area MP Muriuki Njagagua, MCA Newton Kariz, Agriculture CEC Dr. Jamleck Muturi, Secretary Admin Mr. Kello Harsama, David Mwangi Head Crop Protection Unit and FAO representative Hamisi Williams.

On 13th February 2020, the CAS Ministry of Agriculture Ms.Anne Nyaga paid a courtesy call to FAO Deputy Director General Mr. Thomas Laurent at FAO Headquarters Rome.

On 13th February 2020, the CAS Ministry of Agriculture Ms.Anne Nyaga paid a courtesy call to FAO Deputy Director General Mr. Thomas Laurent at FAO Headquarters Rome. The subject of discussion was the Appointment of a FAO Representative in Kenya, partnership in rolling out the Ministry Youth Strategy and placement of young Kenyans in Internship and Junior Professional positions in FAO. The FAO Representative position in Kenya has been vacant since October 2019. CAS emphasized the importance of FAO to urgently identify and appoint an appropriate candidate in the caliber of a Director with proven knowledge, expertise, experience, in policy, leadership, management and resource mobilization. Be able to engage at equal levels with Government officials and other development partners to deliver on the FAO Country Programming towards attainment of the SDGs and the Big Four Agenda. CAS also requested FAO to support rolling out of the Ministry Youth Strategy. Furthermore, FAO to engage young Kenyans as Interns and Junior Professionals at the FAO Country office, Regional, Sub-Regional and Headquarters. Mr. Laurent informed that FAO will look into implementing the requests of Kenya. He also informed that most of the issues to be discussed in FAO Regional conference for Africa, 23-27 March 2020 in Zimbabwe include youth, digitalization of Agriculture and the Hand in Hand initiative. It’s therefore important for Kenya to have High level representation in the conference.

Today CS Peter Munya toured Garissa and Kitui Counties, to asses the control of the desert locusts in these regions.

Today CS Peter Munya toured Garissa and Kitui Counties, to asses the control of the desert locusts in these regions.

In his remarks, CS affirmed that the Government has procured 7200 litres of appropriate pesticides and 20 spray vehicles will be procured by FAO.

Six regions have been identified for control, where the recently trained NYS service will be deployed to help eliminate locusts through ground spraying.

The CS noted that the good collaboration between both the County and National Goverments is making the ongoing control of locusts in the country successful.

He was flanked by the Kitui Governor Hon Charity Ngilu, Fafi MP Hon Abdikarim osman rati, Hamisi Williams FAO reprentative in Kenya, Administrative Secretary Mr. Harsama Kello and Mr. David Mwangi Head Crop Protection Unit.