CS hosts Fall Army worm Consultative meeting

Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri hosted a one-day successful stakeholder consultative meeting at the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Headquarters in Nairobi on May 23, 2018 which brought together various experts and actors in the agricultural sector to discuss the destructive pest which has invaded more than half the 47 counties.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Rachelle Omamo, Council of Governor’s chairman of Agriculture and Migori Governor Okoth Obando, Crops PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and Agriculture Research PS Prof. Hamadi Boga joined the scientists in the meeting which was unanimous that all available resources, expertise and skills should not be spared in the fight against the pest.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kinjuri appealed to all the stakeholders from the Multi-Institutional Committee on Armyworm to work as a team to fight the migratory pest.

The Committee comprises of: University of Nairobi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Centre for Agriculture Bio-Science International (CABI) Pest Products Control Board (PPCB), Agro-Chemical Association of Kenya (ACK), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KARLO) AND THE Ministry of Agriculture.

US to support Kenya in the fight against Fall Army worm, water projects

Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri with US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec when the envoy paid him a courtesy call in his office

The US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec on May 2, 2018, promised his country’s continued support to Kenya’s agricultural sector especially on national Food and Nutrition Security which forms the core component of Kenya’s Big 4 Development Agenda.
The envoy said the US support to Kenya will focus rural-based agricultural activities which occupy most Kenyans and which promote their incomes,health and security.

He had made a courtesy call on Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri in his office to discuss areas of cooperation between US and Kenya. The parties discussed cooperation around the Fall Army worm which has devastated crops in many parts of Kenya, Agriculture Data, the newly launched Feed the Future project and water for agriculture.