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.

Underwater Water Management Amidst Climate Change Onslaught.

Irrigation PS, Professor Fred Segor delivering his keynote address at the African Professional’s Initiative
in Water, Energy, Environment and Climate Change (APIWEC) regional conference held at Pwani
University, Kilifi Campus on 25 th to 27 th April, 2018. This conference, organized by APIWEC in
collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) brought together experts from over
10 African countries.

 

PS Segor at the Pwani University Biosciences Research Centre laboratory flanked by Professor Mohamed Rajab, the Vice Chancellor, Pwani University (in white shirt) and PS Agriculture (Research) Professor Dr.Hamadi Boga.

 

 

 

 

 

Group photo of the APIWEC regional conference

Thwake Dam: Project Affected Persons to be paid within next five months

Professor Fred Segor, Principal Secretary, State Department for Irrigation, at the River Thwake with technical experts and local leaders

“189 Project affected persons will receive their compensation within the next five months”, PS, Irrigation Professor Fred Segor has confirmed.He was speaking after officially issuing the China Gezhouba Group of Companies project
manager Chen Diannan with the ‘Access of Site’ certificate in accordance with the contract regulations at the Thwake Dam site in Katithi sub-location on Tuesday 27 th March, 2018.
The issuance is a milestone that marks the commencement of the construction of Thwake Dam embankment and other associated works in the first phase of the project. “Everything is now in place and the government is committed, and as this is the biggest project that we have as a State Department we will put all our energies together to make sure that we succeed”, PS said.
The dam which when completed will change the lives of over 1.3 million people will have a capacity of more than 150,000 cubic meters of water, some of which will be used to irrigate over 100,000acres of land in both Kitui and Makueni counties.
While assuring local leaders that 80% of employment will go to those in the vicinity, Segor called upon them to embrace and support government projects because of the benefits they bring to the people. Speaking at the same event, Mr. Chen Diannan who represented China Gezhouba Group of Companies assured government and local leaders that they will fully comply with the contractual obligations.

PS signing on behalf of the Government of Kenya and Mr. Chen Diannan signing on behalf of China Gezhouba Group of Companies.

Mr. Chen Diannan of China Gezhouba Group of Companies with the certificate of Access of site.

Kenya hosts Conservation Agriculture Conference

Kenya successfully hosted the 2 nd Conservation Agriculture Conference in Nairobi on April 17-19, 2018. The Conference in which agriculture conservation experts made strong presentations was officially opened by Deputy President William Ruto who underscored the need for soil conservation in light of the devastating effects on soil caused by climate change.
The Conference attracted participants from Eastern and Central Africa.

Mwea Irrigation Scheme

Irrigation Principal Secretary, Professor Fred Segor (second from right), Mwea MP, Hon. Kabiga Wachira (in blue suit), National Irrigation Board Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gitonga Mugambi (extreme right),and other NIB officials at the Nyamindi intake when PS toured Mwea Irrigation Scheme on Monday, April 9.

Thwake Dam: Project Affected Persons to be paid within next five months

PS signing on behalf of the Government of Kenya and Mr. Chen Diannan signing on behalf of China Gezhouba Group of Companies.

“189 Project affected persons will receive their compensation within the next five months”, PS, Irrigation Professor Fred Segor has confirmed.He was speaking after officially issuing the China Gezhouba Group of Companies project manager Chen Diannan with the ‘Access of Site’ certificate in accordance with the contract regulations at the Thwake Dam site in Katithi sub-location on Tuesday 27 th March, 2018.  The issuance is a milestone that marks the commencement of the construction of
Thwake Dam embankment and other associated works in the first phase of the project.“Everything is now in place and the government is committed, and as this is the biggest project that we have as a State Department we will put all our energies together to make sure that we succeed”, PS said.

The dam which when completed will change the lives of over 1.3 million people will have a capacity of more than 150,000 cubic meters of water, some of which will be used to irrigate over 100,000acres of land in both Kitui and Makueni counties.While assuring local leaders that 80% of employment will go to those in the vicinity,Segor called upon them to embrace and support government projects because of the benefits they bring to the people.Speaking at the same event, Mr. Chen Diannan who represented China Gezhouba Group of Companies assured government and local leaders that they will fully comply with the contractual obligations

Professor Fred Segor, Principal Secretary, State Department for Irrigation, at the River Thwake with technical experts and local leaders.

Mr. Chen Diannan of China Gezhouba Group of Companies with the certificate of Access of site.