CS Peter Munya does a familiarization tour of the Kenya Meat Commission factory in Athi River

Earlier this afternoon, CS Peter Munya did a familiarization tour of the Kenya Meat Commission factory in Athi River to assess the status of the modernization project. The contractor has been given the target to complete the work in progress by the end of this year. In this regard, CS Munya will be back in August to review the progress.

The government is reviewing various business models with a view of getting the appropriate approach that will quickly turnaround the commission, enable it to operate optimally and profitably while ensuring that it feasibly services the export as well as the local market. The supplier audit has been completed and KMC will ensure all genuine claims are paid.

He was joined by CAS Dr. Linah Jebii, PS Livestock Mr. Harry Kimtai, and Director Livestock Production Mr. Charles Kiptarus.

National Livestock to increase, says CS Peter Munya

The CS Peter Munya today morning launched the National Livestock Vaccination Programme in Kajiado county at Oloosuyian . The programme according to the government is to control trans boundary animal diseases or TADS which threaten livestock. Munya said livestock production in Kenya is always under the threat of occurrence of a number of diseases like rift valley fever (RVF), foot and mouth disease etc which are the cause of dwindling of the livestock industry in Kenya. Munya told the community that the government is soon doing digital tagging in reducing theft among borders and within the communities. Animal digital tagging will also be part of actualizing the livestock numbers and traceability. The exercise of vaccination will be implemented countrywide, said the CS. He was accompanied by CAS Linah Chebii Kilimo, PS Livestock Harry Kimtai, Director Livestock Production Charles Kiptarus among others.

Government committed to assist youth initiate profitable agri-business start-ups, says Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary

Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ann Nyaga today visited several agri-business ventures driven by young people in Kiambu where she reiterated Government commitment to assist the youth over-come challenges facing their start-ups.

After listening to inspiring and successful agri-business stories from the young entrepreneurs, the CAS re-assured them that the Government has put in place various strategies to address the challenges facing their ventures including lack of affordable financing, marketing, training, extension support services, water, negative perception about agriculture and challenges of value addition to their produce.

The visits took her to Ndumberi, Riabai, Ruiru and Gatundu South where she met the young agribusiness entreprenuers at their highly innovative ventures including 30 year old Carol Mwangi who is incharge of the Kiplanter Seed Nurseries worth millions of shillings.

The nursery propagates seedlings of vegetables, herbs, fruits and trees- an initiative she founded in 2012 andwhich now employs 10 young people.

At Far Ming Wonder in Gatundu South, the CAS held lengthy discussions with the Director, 27-year old Dennis Muriithi who requested for Government assistance in marketing of his Juicy strawberry fruits cultivated in innovative multi-storey gardens that utilize available space to the maximum.

At Ndumberi, Ms Nyaga met with the young entreprenuers George Charagu and his partner Francis Mwaura about their successful livestock, piggery and horticulrure business . Both are 27 years and the latter, a BSC in Agriculture graduate is also pursuing his Masters in the same field.

The CAS said the agriculture sector can only achieve its full potential through the involvement of the youth.

“Without the youth, we cannot achieve much. The agriculture sector cannot perform well if the youth are not there. This is our sector”, said the CAS who herself is a young person.

She said the Government will continue engaging the youth in practical partnerships that are helpful to the young people.

Ms Nyagah also said the Government will be partnering with the youth in the implementation of Nutrition Response to Covid-19.

Earlier, the CAS paid separate courtesy calls on County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga and Governor James Nyoro where issues of post Covid-19 strategies , youth empowerment programmes and assistance to vulnerable groups were discussed.

The government has introduced E-voucher -to give subsidies to small scale farmers and lower the prices of inputs even further

 
The government has introduced E-voucher -to give subsidies to small scale farmers and lower the prices of inputs even further. In this regard, farmers will be issued with smart cards with which they can access farm inputs at a subsided price by swiping at the participating outlets. In other words, the farmer pays only 70% of the selling price and the government subsidizes 30%.
The E-voucher is already being piloted with maize farmers in Makueni and Uasin Gishu counties.

CS Hon Peter Munya meets with coffee society officials in Muranga County

CS Hon Peter Munya is on a four county tour to continue his meetings with coffee society officials to align them with the current reforms in the coffee sector. Today he started in Muranga County where he held the meeting jointly with the Governor.

The themes remain the same

  • The revival of KPCU into New KPCU, currently under the government but to revert to farmers in the future.
  • Cherry advance available to farmers at 3% and to be managed under KPCU.
  • Rehabilitation of coffee mills which are now free and available to all. Farmers can mill coffee but are free to sell elsewhere if they prefer.
  • Rehabilitation of pulp factories and the introduction of eco-pulper to save water and improve the quality of coffee.
  • Digital weighing bridge for accuracy and to stop pilfering.
  • Fertilizer available through KNTC at negotiated price of Ksh 2000 down from 2800. KNTC will deliver fertilizer directly to societies
  • E-VOUCHER to bring even greater savings to farmers through online services.
  • Digital remote alarm system.

CS Hon Peter Munya visited Machakos County and held a sensitization meeting with representatives of cooperative societies on the ongoing coffee sector reforms.

Earlier today, CS Hon Peter Munya visited Machakos County and held a sensitization meeting with representatives of cooperative societies on the ongoing coffee sector reforms. He was joined by Machakos Deputy Governor Eng Francis Maliti who hosted him to s luncheon at the white house the new Governors office.

The CS explained that the measures in place to control Covid 19 are meant to limit its spread as the world tries to come to grip with the new disease. The measures are not meant to eliminate the virus, but to control it as other mitigation measures like vaccines are developed.

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.