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. 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.
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.
CAS Hon Jebii Kilimo and Mr Farrah SA on board Mv Heron at Lake Victoria during sensitization of services offered by Coast guards and sustainable Blue economy.
On 14th February, 2020, the CAS Ministry of Agriculture Ms. Anne Nyaga held a briefing session at FAO Headquarters Rome, with the FAO Locust team led by Mr. Keith Cressman, the Senior Locust Forcasting Officer Plant Production and Protection Division. The Subject of discussion was the severe desert locust invasion in Kenya and the ongoing control and management operations. She noted that the intensity of the locust invasion in Kenya is unpresidented. The presence of the pest in the country when the long rains cropping season is just around the corner is a real threat to national food security. The FAO team informed that the invasion has been worsened by climate change that triggered unexpected cyclons and wet weather which was a favourable conditions for the pest rapid multiplication and resultant upsurge. There is need for concerted efforts from the Government, FAO, development partners and stakeholders to fight the locusts as well as build the needed capacity to strengthen and expand structures for surveillance, control and continuous management. The CAS thanked FAO for providing pesticide support and building capacity of the control team in Kenya. Mr. Cressman said that FAO will continue to working with Kenya Government and partners to bring the pest under control
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. Secretary Admin Mr. Kello Harsama accompanied by FAO Country director Tobias Takavarsha and Ministry officials at NYS training college, Gilgil during a training workshop for 500 trainees to fight locusts using hand sprays in six Counties: Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Machakos, Garissa and Wajir
CAS, Crops Development, Research and Cooperatives, Ann Nyaga is at the 43rd IFAD Governing council -2020 meeting in Italy, Rome. The main point of deliberation by council members is how best to invest in sustainable food systems so as to end hunger by 2030.
The members also advocate for food production systems that “adopt a one health approach and address all factors affecting food safety, sustainable utilization of natural resources (land,water and the ecosystem service), children youth and women. The aim is to increase incomes, create wealth, support sustainable livelihoods and also be able to avail wholesome, nutritious food for active lives and overall well-being”.
This morning, CS Peter Munya met with H.E Horie Ryoichi, Japan Ambassador to Kenya and Chief Representative, Katsutoshi Komori.
Their discussions focused on Locust Control, economic and social development programme that is projected to cover the western region of Kenya.
The Ambassador expressed that Japan is interested in importing fresh fruits from Kenya (Avocado, passion fruits, Banana and Pineapples)
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