Fisheries Principal Secretary (PS) Micheni Ntiba has asked counties benefiting from the World Bank funded aquaculture programme to set aside monies to ensure the project does not collapse.

Fisheries Principal Secretary (PS) Micheni Ntiba has asked counties benefiting from the World Bank funded aquaculture programme to set aside monies to ensure the project does not collapse.

Speaking in Nyeri on Monday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with nine counties, the PS said that the counties should have a budget line to support aquaculture in their County Integrated Development Plan to facilitate the programme after the eight year lapse.

The government is betting on commercialisation of aquaculture to foster production of fish beyond the lakes as well as increase consumption.

Governors present in Monday’s signing were Kahiga Mutahi (Nyeri), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Anyang Nyo’ng’o (Kisumu), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Martin Wambora (Embu), deputy governors Martin Moshisho (Kajiado), James Okumbe (Siaya).

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Kenya’s first fertiliser manufacturing plant is set to open in Nakuru by end of the year, in what is expected to boost farmers’ yields in 2021.

Kenya’s first fertiliser manufacturing plant is set to open in Nakuru by end of the year, in what is expected to boost farmers’ yields in 2021.

The Sh3 billion NPK Compound Granulation plant will supply 100,000 tonnes of fertiliser, serving up to two million farmers in the country annually.

The plant will produce fertiliser for various soil types and crop specific requirements informed by results from soil tests conducted.

This comes in the wake of increased acidity in soils that has significantly reduced fertility, hence reduced yields for farmers

Agriculture CS Peter Munya said it is time farmers embraced science and technology to boost yields.

“We have to remove guesswork from farming by encouraging soil testing, the production and application of fertiliser guided by the test results,” said Mr Munya when he visited the plant.

Studies show under good management, farms have a production capacity of up to 40 bags per acre of maize, a potential that many Kenyan farmers are currently undershooting by far.

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The Ministry of Agriculture will open up State-owned land for leasing to individual large-scale farmers as the government moves to ensure food security in the country through enhanced productivity.

The Ministry of Agriculture will open up State-owned land for leasing to individual large-scale farmers as the government moves to ensure food security in the country through enhanced productivity.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said the ministry has already prepared a Cabinet memo.

The government will call for bidders who can plough at least a minimum of 2,500 acres in a season as it seeks to cut the annual food deficit in the country.

“We will be calling for bidders to plough the more than 50 parcels of land that the government owns for the purposes of food production,” said Prof Boga.

The government owns huge chunks of land across the country through agencies such as Agriculture Development Corporation and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation.

Galana-Kulalu ranch, currently under the management of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), is part of the land that has been earmarked for leasing out to the farmers.

Prof Boga said in July that the project would only be successful if the government pulls out to allow private investors to take it over in large scale.

“Government should never be in the business of doing business, the way forward for the success of this project is to have private investors take it over,” said Prof Boga.

The government has been urging farmers with small parcels of land to cultivate alternative crops such as legumes and other short-term plants as it is not economically viable to cultivate maize on such plots.

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Earlier today, CAS Anne Nyaga disbursed Macadamia(5,000), Tea(20,000), Coffee(10,000), Hass Avocado(5,000) Seedlings in Embu County today.

Earlier today, CAS Anne Nyaga disbursed Macadamia(5,000), Tea(20,000), Coffee(10,000), Hass Avocado(5,000) Seedlings in Embu County today. Accompanied by County CEC of Agriculture, where they visited a couple of sites and got to engage with farmers.

The day started with a courtesy call to the Deputy County Commissioner where she discussed on youth unemployment and the involvement of the youth in Enable youth program (Launching later this year), which shall bridge succession gap in agribusiness and related value chainns.

She encouraged farmers to take advantage of these national goverment projects in order to increase production and profitability. She also asked farmers to take care of the seedlings and not sell them so as to benefit.
Through NARIGP, about 600 groups in the County shall benefit with each group receiving a maximum of Ksh 500,000.

She reminded the residents that they would receive kitchen garden starter kits which shall benefit over 10,000 households in each county.

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Today, CAS Anne Nyaga handed over 5000 Hass avocado seedlings in Marsabit County.

Today, CAS Anne Nyaga handed over 5000 Hass avocado seedlings in Marsabit County.

CAS Nyaga said that more than 10,000 households will be supported with kitchen garden starter kits in order to ensure food and nutrition security for the future.

She also engaged with the youth on how they can benefit from the Enable youth program which shall create gainful employment, generate income for the youth and bridge succession gap in agribusiness and related value chains. The program shall be launched later this year, she said.

Additionally, CAS Nyaga talked about the rebranding and revival of the 4-K Clubs in a bid to inculcate the culture of farming for food sufficiency and change the negative perception towards agriculture from an early age. Through these initiatives, young children will be able to learn and transfer new farming technologies to their communities.

She concluded the day by assuring the residents of Marsabit County of the goverments commitment to establishing Kilta Korta-Rock catchment and Ambalo

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The CAS for Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Jebii Kilimo today in Bomet county, handed over certificates to technicians (30)who were trained and equipped with the latest strategies of managing A.I kits.

The CAS for Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Jebii Kilimo today in Bomet county, handed over certificates to technicians (30)who were trained and equipped with the latest strategies of managing A.I kits. Madam Jebii Kilimo also handed over 20 A.I kits to Bomet County Government in order to promote farmers with affordable high quality animal genetics. The A.I kits were donated by Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre (KAGRC) . In her remarks, madam Kilimo said the Ministry will support KAGRC to install semen sexing facilities for rapid breed improvement across the country. Jebii Kilimo was accompanied by Director Livestock Production, Julius Kiptarus and Dr David Kios of KAGRC, among others.

 

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CS Hon Peter Munya in Nakuru County on his quest to revival of Pyrethrum

Agriculture CS Hon Peter Munya is in Nakuru County to continue on his quest to revival of Pyrethrum. Here, the CS is being received by the Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, at the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya Ltd headquarters. The push is to increase production of products from Pyrethrum grown by Kenyan farmers. This means more money in the pockets of farmers and other value chain players.

Agriculture CS Hon Peter Munya commissioned the Kenya Animal Genetic Genetic Resources Center in Nyandarua County.

Agriculture CS Hon Peter Munya commissioned the Kenya Animal Genetic Genetic Resources Center in Nyandarua County.
KAGRC, seeks to preserve and conserve animal genetic materials (semen embryo, tissues and live animals) and rear breeding sires for provision of high quality disease free semen to meet the national demand and for export.

By commissioning the substation, CS Munya continued with his quest to put Kenya in the global league for top performers in agricultural science.
CS Munya also distributed seeds to farmers in Nyandarua County.

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