Monday 28 July 2014

Reports

Speech by Cabinet Secretary MOAL&F during KENTTEC field day
 
THE NATIONAL SOIL TEST RESULTS REPORT

The National Accelerated Agricultural Input Access Program (NAAIAP) is a pro-poor, food security and poverty alleviation government initiative that is aligned with Vision 2030 and other government policy documents. NAAIAP provides targeted agricultural inputs subsidy to smallholder resource poor farmers. The program has been operating for the last 7 years and has reached beneficiaries in 164 Sub Counties, formerly known as Districts. The core objective of NAAIAP is to improve farm inputs access and affordability for small-scale farmers to enhance food security at household level and generate incomes from sales of surplus produce. The subsidized inputs kits are intended to promote adoption of new technologies. In addition, targeted beneficiaries are supported with extension services and linked to other service providers with the objective of increasing agricultural productivity. However, this noble effort faces challenges due to limited information on crop nutrients requirements, characteristics of soils and high level of variation in soil properties that are experienced across many sub counties where the program operates. This lack of information has made it difficult for program officers and field staff to offer professional advice on Sub County specific soil nutrient requirements. To maintain soil fertility, soil investigations are the farmers’ best guide for any soil amendments and efficient use of fertilizers.

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Integrated Pest management framework

The Government of Kenya has received technical assistance from technical consortium of the development partners to finance the preparation of the proposed Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) that is to be implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. In Kenya, the project implementation will be under the overall responsibility of
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF).
The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to enhance livelihoods resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in drought prone areas through regional approaches.The project will be implemented in 14 Counties which are Lamu, Isiolo,
Laikipia, Mandera, Marsabit, West Pokot, Turkana, Tana River, Garissa, Baringo, Samburu, Narok, Samburu and Wajir which have cross border activities and transboundary stock routes linking pastoral communities on either side of the borders.

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Success Stories

Individual Example of Success Story, Dorothy Kamonyi - Kibwezi District

The farmer started growing orphan crops in 2006,when she planted 5 accres of KARI MTAMA 1 by GAA. She was also given pearl millet (PM1) and cow peas (K80).
She harvested 28 bags of sorghum  of which she sold 16, and the rest she preserved for her house hold use as food.

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Notice Board

Duty Roster for Administrative Officers

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Ongoing Regulatory Reviews

Following the development and launch of the National Seed Policy in September 2010 and the enactment of the seeds and plant varieties (Amendment) Act, 2013 on 4th January 2013, the Ministry together with industry stakeholders have finalized the development of the draft seed industry regulations whose import is to provide for the testing and registration of plant varieties; seed certification; registration and accreditation of seed companies and facilities involved in the processing and marketing of seed to carry out certification and testing; and, the protection of proprietary rights of plant breeders.

Comments from the concerned public on the regulations can be sent to policy@kilimo.go.ke

The Seeds And Plant Varieties (Plant Breeder’s Rights) Regulations, 2013

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