The CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addresses enrolled farmers at a demonstration of One Acre Fund farmers training at Malinya Sub County Kakamega County
The Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has announced that the Government will next year launch an E-Voucher system to enable farmers’ access quality seeds and other inputs instead of giving out fertilizer.
During a field visit to One Acre Fund in Kakamega and Vihiga counties, the CS said the Ministry will work with established Agro Vet dealers and other organizations on the ground such as One Acre Fund for farmers to access the inputs through the E-Voucher system to facilitate them increase their yields and incomes. The CS assured One Acre Fund and other organizations working towards empowering farmers that the Government will continue to provide an enabling environment for the organizations to work with farmers so as to attain food and nutrition security.
The CS accompanied by the CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimor and the Vihiga Governor Dr.Wilber Ottichilo toured the Chavakali National Cereals and Produce Board Depot and attended a demonstration of One Acre Fund farmers training at Malinya sub-county before officially opening One Acre Fund seed and soil labs at its Kakamega Headquarters.
One Acre Fund Global Director for government relations and policy Madame Michelle Kagari informed the CS that currently One Acre Fund has enrolled 400,000 farmers in 22 counties from the initial 40 farmers in Bungoma County in 2006 and will achieve a target of 1.2 million farmers in the next two years.
One Acre Fund is a nonprofit making Non-Government Organization that provides farmers with financing on flexible repayment terms to facilitate farmers access inputs and quality seeds before the onset of rains and also provides extension services on how to use the inputs so as to have maximum yields from their farming activities. The soil and seeds labs that were officially opened by the CS will test seeds and soils and advise farmers on the perfect match of the two for their individual farms.
The CS Mwangi Kiunjuri admires a solar lamp with radio at a One Acre Fund duka Kakamega County
Yesterday afternoon, CS Mwangi Kiunjuri opened the One Acre Fund Seed & Soil Lab in Kakamega County.
Soil testing is a key component of enhancing productivity. He was joined by CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur and One Acre Fund Global Director Michelle Kagari.
The CS also attended a farmers’ field training by One Acre Fund in Kakamega County. The organization is working with over 400,000 in 22 Counties. Registered farmers have access to extension services, farm inputs, and credit facilities.
Yesterday CS, Mwangi Kiunjuri Flanked by the Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyongo and PS Fisheries Prof Micheni Ntiba, officially opened the Nyanza Region Blue Economy Conference at Kisumu.
He said the ministry is working towards reviving fisheries in the lake region so as to raise the production target to 200,000 metric tonnes by 2022. He added that the process of rehabilitating 6 fish landing sites in Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, and Homabay is ongoing, and will greatly improve fish production, reduce post-harvest losses, enhance incomes and improve livelihoods.
He urged different players to partner with the Agric sector in curbing the challenges affecting the Fisheries sector, leading to its decline by 64% in the last 5 years.
Blue economy is the sustainable use of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, wetlands, as well as other water-based resources. These water bodies cover more than two-thirds of our planet and can be used to drive economic development.
Water resources also provide food, nutrition, and livelihoods to hundreds of millions of the world’s populations and have the additional intangible benefits of moderating the planet’s climate.
In November 2018, Kenya hosted an international conference on a Sustainable Blue Economy, the conference reached the conclusion that a sustainable blue economy promotes economic growth, responsible production, and consumption, social inclusion and improves livelihoods.
Through the Nairobi Statement of Intent, the participants agreed on the need to have action-oriented strategies that place people and blue economy resources at the center of sustainable development.
The Nyanza Blue Economy Conference will therefore provide an opportunity for the national government, bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector actors to make specific commitments on promoting the blue economy in a sustainable manner. In essence, this will be an action-oriented follow-up mini-blue economy conference to concretize the ideas floated during the SBEC.
The themes for the conference are based on two documents from the memorandum submitted to the President by the Lake region elected leaders. This memorandum had four focus areas;
- Blue Economy related infrastructure.
- Environmental protection and conservation.
- Sustainable food and nutrition security.
- Lake safety, security and conflict resolution.
The lake region faces a number of development challenges that include but not limited to; extreme poverty, urban and rural infrastructure dilapidation, rapid urbanization, youth and women unemployment, dwindling economic opportunities, insecurity, environmental degradation including the water hyacinth, etc.
To help alleviate these problems, the conference will propose a regional development approach as a viable way of tackling the development challenges. This is pegged on four reasons;
- Through the Nyanza Blue Economy Conference, a regional approach has a high potential of attracting intensified investments.
- A regional approach affords the lake region a unique opportunity to make a follow-up on some of the commitments the national government made during the Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference (SBEC) in Nairobi last year.
- A regional approach will give the region a head-start in soliciting support from development partners based on specific commitments for Kenya that they undertook during the SBEC.
- A regional commitment to the conservation of the lake resources and sustainable actions required to reverse the negative anthropogenic factors currently threatening the Lakes ecosystem and resources.
The conference is hosting about 500 participants majority of whom are drawn from the national government, county governments, bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector actors
Yesterday the CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur attended avocado launch and farmers exhibition organized by Kephis in Nyamira County. In his speech, he encouraged farmers to engage in good agricultural practices and the importance of planting certified avocado seedlings in order to increase production. The CAS further urged farmers to adhere to export market requirements in order to avoid losing the already established markets. Farmers are encouraged to learn ways and measures to control pests for better yields.
PS SDL, Harry Kimtai yesterday opened and supervised the form 4 exams in Trans Nzoia County which he released to 290 centers. Kimtai in his remarks emphasized to all exam supervisors to be vigilant and guard against malpractices that can mar the integrity of the entire exam. he was accompanied by Director-General, State Department of Education Mr. Elias Abdi Trans Nzoia County Commissioner and TAC education officials
Yesterday the PS officially opened the First GLOBAG.A.P conference at Karlo, Loresho with the theme “adding value to your Agribusiness with the lead Int Worldwide standard for food safety and sustainability”. The PS in his address urged universities, Non-Governmental Organisations, and the private sector to jointly develop with the Ministry capacity building programs on good agricultural practices and food safety to enable smallholder farmers and Agri SMEs achieve food safety for access to local and international markets. He said the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth strategy will target small scale farmers through the provision of inputs and capacity building to scale up production and increase their incomes. GLOBAL.A.P is one of the most widely used on-farm food safety systems worldwide in the fresh food supply chain.
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.
Bima ya Mifugo: Wafugaji Garissa wanufaika na malipo ya Bima ya Mifugo
2000 pastoralists in Garissa benefit from compensation
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.
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