CAS Madam Anne Nyaga tours the Embu County Coffee Mill in Embu

As the Ministry works towards revitalizing the coffee sector, today CAS Madam Anne Nyaga toured the Embu County Coffee Mill in Embu, to assess its progress in milling and sensitize the union leadership on the Cherry Advance Fund and the Coffee Revitalization Program. The team was led by the union chairman and its leadership, whose membership is 120,000 farmers. The county has 24 coffee societies.

Madam Nyaga also visited the beneficiaries of 670 domestic water pans within the county. The 670 households have a water pan each, with a capacity for 1.2 million litres of water.

In Mbeere North, she toured the ongoing 7 miraa marketing sheds and 5 mega earth dams aimed at benefiting the miraa farmers.
She encouraged the farmers to join miraa saccos under their union.
Accompanying the CAS was the County Government staff and Mbeere Embu Miraa Union chair.

CS Peter Munya visits North Horr, El-Isako Malla, and Loiyangalani in Marsabit County

Today CS Peter Munya was in Marsabit County visiting North Horr, El-Isako Malla, and Loiyangalani where he witnessed ground spraying of hoppers and addressed community members. Generally, the hoppers are dead within 30 minutes of spraying.
The CS noted the many challenges facing the control teams and promised to look into them and provide solutions soonest. The problems included logistical issues due to vastness and remoteness of the area that requires more off-road capable vehicles. The area is hot and dry so teams need to be supplied with enough drinking water.
The CS thanked members of the community for their cooperation with the spraying teams and availing youths to be trained as scouts and for spraying. The CS acceded to a request to incorporate more members of the community into the spraying teams to boost the control efforts. To this end, he promised that more Personal Protection Equipment will be supplied.

The Ministry of Agriculture, has signed an agreement with five Coastal county governments to enhance incomes from fishing in the areas.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, has signed an agreement with five Coastal county governments to enhance incomes from fishing in the areas.

Joined by CAS Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo and PS Fisheries Prof. Micheni Ntiba, CS Hon. Peter Munya signed the agreements today with County Executives Committee members from Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale at Kilimo House.

The Kenya Marine Fisheries and Social Economic Project (KEMFSED), aims at improving governance and management of the marine fisheries and mariculture as well as strengthen coastal regions.

The Project’s primary target is poor fisheries dependant households.

Kenya has 13,000 small scale fishers concentrating near the shore where stocks have declined. The Ministry targets to build their capacity to venture deeper into Kenya’s territorial water and exclusive zones to increase their yields.

Already, 186 fishers have been trained in Kilifi and Lamu with plans to train more after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

CS Peter Munya addresses 100 coffee society officials in Meru

 

Today CS Peter Munya addressed 100 coffee society officials (chairman and secretary) in Meru who were split into two sessions of 50 each to meet Covid-19 social distance requirements.

The CS emphasized a raft of changes being introduced to revive and improve the coffee sector, both in productivity and farmer earnings. These included:

  • Access to coffee inputs through e-voucher.
  • A 3 billion fund available to farmers at 3 percent and deductible at sale point.
  • Digital weighing and ledger management in the societies.
  • Installation of eco pulper to replace argard pregrader to save water and stop pollution in the rivers.
  • Construct metallic drying tables to improve uniformity in drying, stop termite damage, and increase longevity of the Nylex.
  • Install remote-controlled security systems to curb perchment theft and use solar security powered systems 24/7 reliability.
  • Rehabilitate the milling systems in Dandora, Meru, and Sagana.

The Cabinet Secretary Hon Peter Munya today announced the restructuring of the National Food Reserve and Food storage Management.

The Cabinet Secretary Hon Peter Munya today announced the restructuring of the National Food Reserve and Food storage Management.

Henceforth,
(i) The government will not directly buy, sell maize or set prices of maize

(ii) The government will no longer purchase, distribute, sell or set prices of fertiliser, seeds or any farm inputs

(iii) Going forward the government will focus on its key role, that of creating an enabling environment for producers and traders to make and execute commercial decisions, while ensuring that commercial interests, especially on imports do not disadvantage local producers and consumers.

CS Munya was accompanied by CAS Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, PS Prof. Hamadi Boga and PS Harry Kimtai.

Today CS Peter Munya commissioned a Desert Locust Invasion Impact Assessment Exercise which will help inform future interventions and recovery efforts.

Following the invasion, multiplication and spread of Desert Locust (DL), which precipitated serious threat to food security and community livelihoods, today CS Peter Munya commissioned a Desert Locust Invasion Impact Assessment Exercise which will help inform future interventions and recovery efforts.

CS Munya noted that the Government is deeply concerned about the welfare of those affected by the locust invasion and is keen on helping those who suffered loss recover and regain their livelihood.

The Kenya Red Cross will be conducting the survey of the impact of the desert Locust in 16 of the affected counties which will include ; Marsabit, Isiolo, Samburu, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Turkana, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia, Kitui, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Meru and Machakos.

The ongoing desert locusts control efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture and her partners has drastically reduced locust infestation from 28 counties to only five(5) counties.

Today, CS Peter Munya today presided over the Commissioning and Handing-over of Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP)

Today, CS Peter Munya today presided over the Commissioning and Handing-over of Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) vehicles to the first six implementing Counties and the Programme Coordination Unit.

In April 2019, the Government of Kenya through the State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy, got a 14.9 Billion shillings support from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Programme dubbed – Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP), is to support aquaculture farming in 15 Counties with high aquaculture potential i.e. Nyeri, Meru, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Kajiado and Machakos in the Central/Eastern Region and Kakamega, Migori, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisii, Kisumu and Siaya in the Western Region
Mr. Munya noted that the Fisheries and Aquaculture sub-sector plays a key role in food security. However, the sector faces challenges which include; Provision of good quality fish feed and seeds, provision and backstopping of technical services, capacity building in fish Processing and value addition, and strengthening of linkages between producers and market as well as other actors across the value chain.
Some of the interventions include provision of good quality fish feed and seeds, provision and backstopping of technical services, capacity building in fish Processing and value addition, and strengthening of linkages between producers and market as well as other actors across the value chain.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture sector has a big potential and there is already a significant gap between the current fish demand of 600,000 metric tonnes and the national fish production – 150,000. Mt. Kenya area aspires to raise the current per capita fish consumption per year from 4.5 kg/person/year to over 10 kg/person/year by 2030. This indicates a huge consumption gap and a potential market for the Kenyan fish farmers.

CS Munya was joined by CAS Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo and PS Fisheries Prof. Micheni Ntiba.

Government gives a comprehensive and updated status of food security in the country during the Covid19 pandemic

The Government today gave a comprehensive and updated status of food security in the country during the Covid19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Agriculture also outlined new measures to upscale nutritional needs for Kenyans during the current crisis.

In a speech read on his behalf by Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Anne Nyagah, Agriculture minister Peter Munya also gave an update over the locust menace saying the destructive insects had been effectively controlled except in five counties where efforts are underway to eliminate them.