County pursues macadamia farming in crop diversification drive

The department of agriculture in Nakuru County has continued with its initiative of facilitating farmers to venture into crop diversification by  incorporating macadamia farming into the project.. Already the Directorate of Agriculture has distributed 12,000 macadamia seedlings to more than 600 farmers in Rongai, Njoro, Subukia, Bahati and Kuresoi North sub counties. According to the County Government , the Crop Diversification Program is not only aimed at uplifting the living standards of the farmers but also contributing to food and nutrition security in the county . The diversification program aims…

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County keen on boosting coffee farming and production

In a bid to increase coffee farming and production, the County Government of Nakuru has started distributing free coffee tree seedlings to farmers across the county. Already 50 farmers in Visoi ward will benefit from 5,600 coffee tree seedlings, Batian Variety, with each getting 100 seedlings. Currently, Nakuru County contributes to about 2% of the total national coffee production nationally. According to  Agriculture Chief Officer, Mr. Kibet Maina , the new coffee variety will lower the cost of farming and production for farmers as it is highly resistant to diseases.…

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County banks on agriculture to address COVID-19 socio-economic impact

The County Government of Nakuru is banking on the agricultural sector to address the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and floods. The County has also embarked on immediate responses such as food and non-food distributions as well as infrastructural development to affected communities. Minister for Trade, Industry, Marketing, Cooperatives and Tourism Mr Raymond Komen said agriculture is top on the list of the County’s socio-economic recovery efforts. He was speaking when he led the distribution of relief donations to people over 150 families affected by floods and fire in…

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Small-scale farmers decry harsh economic times due to COVID-19 pandemic

Small-scale farmers in Chibonde and Tegat areas of Elburgon in Nakuru County are now a worried lot over what they term is huge negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They say the pandemic is disrupting some activities in agriculture and supply chains with non-availability of migrant labor interrupting farming activities. Ms Dorcas Wanjiku is a small scale farmer from Chibonde, Elburgon who has been active in small scale maize potatoes, beans and vegetable farming. She says the small scale faming has been of great help to her livelihood. However, with…

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Naivasha fishermen trained on COVID-19 prevention

Nakuru County Government amidst the COVID19 has come up with new guidelines in regard to fish handling and transportation to minimize the risk of infection and spread of the disease. Through the fisheries directorate, sensitization is taking place in addition to ensuring adherence to the ministry of health rules. Moreover, masks will be distributed to fish farmers, traders, boat operators, fishermen, BMU members as well as staff. During this period, the directorate impounded several boats caught illegally fishing at breeding areas in the last few days. Livestock and Fisheries Chief…

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Nakuru youth group donates chicken to feed COVID-19 victims

A youth-led agricultural investment company, Kolanut Capital Kenya Ltd, has donated 600 chickens to the Nakuru County Level 5 Hospital. The company situated at Ngongongeri Farm in Njoro sub-County was started last year by a group of 5 youth all aged below 25 years and alumni of Princeton University in the USA. The company’s Chief Operations Officer Mr Hannington Omwanza said the move will complement the County Government of Nakuru’s efforts on its COVID-19 pandemic programs. Kolanut Capital Kenya Ltd farm in Njoro “We thought of the people in COVID-19…

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Mututho tells off Strategic Food Reserve over ‘maize shortage narrative’

Former National Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair John Mututho has told off the Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) chairman Dr. Noah Wekesa over warning that Kenya is facing a crippling food shortage due to a shortage of maize. Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday afternoon, Mututho who is also a consultant in matters agriculture said the statement is being driven by cartels who want to use maize shortage for their own interests. Wekesa had stated that the stores in the country have nil stock since the stock that was there was sold…

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Nakuru farmers hit hard by the COVID-19 situation,call for aid package

Farmers in Nakuru are now calling on the government to launch an aid package for farmers to cushion them from the negative effects of coronavirus.  Addressing media in Gilgil on Tuesday, they lamented that despite being a planting season there is of an impending hunger adding that fertilizers and seeds prices have skyrocketed.  Ms Janet Gathoni said that with the current closure of many businesses there is less circulation of money adding that they have been forced to do butter trade.  “The government should emulate other nations through the initiation of packages…

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Activist proposes measures to avert possible hunger during post-COVID-19

Nakuru Human rights defender Moses Gitonga has expressed fears of a possible hunger in Kenya once the COVID-19 is over. Gitonga in a phone interview,says the Government through the Ministry of agriculture should ensure farmers are supplied with farm inputs to avert possible hunger during post-COVID-19. While noting that Nakuru is a basket of agriculture,the human rights defender says the COVID-19 has come during period when farmers are supposed to be preparing their farms for planting. He says the county governments should also work closely with national government to ensure…

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County sets Sh 52 million to benefit avocado farmers

Avacado farmers in Nakuru county are set to benefit from a ksh 52 million project being spearheaded by the department of agriculture. Through the project, the county is targeting at least 10,000 farmers who will receive avocado seedlings On Wednesday, the department distributed 12,400 avocado seedlings. to 600 farmers in Maela ward, Naivasha Sub County under the avocado seedling distribution program. This financial year, the Department of Agriculture increased the budgetary allocation to Kshs. 52 million, targeting about 10,000 farmers, up from Kshs. 42 million in the last financial year.…

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