Farmers urged to embrace organic farming

Slow Food Youth Network

Farmers in Nakuru county have been urged to embrace organic farming as a way avert numerous diseases brought about by consumption of food concentrated with chemicals. Speaking in Gilgil town over the weekend during a famers’ exhibition on organic farming,Samson Ngugi from Slow Food Kenya noted that lifestyle diseases have continued to affect many Kenyans due to chemicals in food. He called on farmers to start engaging in organic farming to help address the same. Slow Food Kenya is a member partner of Participatory Ecological Land Use Management  Kenya (PELUM…

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Governor Kinyanjui calls on Banks to have appetite for Agriculture sector

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has urged financial institutions to support the agriculture industry by funding farmers in order to help the sector grow. Speaking during a breakfast meeting towards implementation of the Warehouse Receipt System  Act No. 8 of 2019,Kinynbajui noted that financial institutions have continued to ignore agriculture industry. But the Governor noted that Agriculture has great potential of raising the economy of the country to a higher level. He added that farmers have continued to find it difficult in accessing loan from banks hence derailing growth of agri-business.…

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Boost to Nakuru farmers as County partners to implement Warehouse Receipt System 

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with Warehouse Receipt System Council to commence implementation of the Warehouse Receipt System. This is in line with the Council’s move to work closely with County Governments, Ministries, State Agencies and private sector institutions to ensure reforms that benefit farmers. Speaking in Nakuru on Thursday morning during a meeting on implementation of the Warehouse Receipt System, the Council’s Chairperson Ms Jane Ngige stated that the Council will focus on implementing the Warehouse Receipt System for maize, beans, green grams, coffee, wheat and rice.…

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Heifer International, County partnership to boost poultry farmers

Poultry Farmers in Nakuru County have a reason to smile following a partnership between Heifer International NGO and the County Government of Nakuru to boost them in their farming activities. Through the Hatching Hope Project that is being implemented in 7 counties, the partnership aims to improve poultry farming and eradicate poverty. Addressing media in Nakuru during a stakeholders meeting, Heifer International Business Development officer Nathaniel Otieno says the first phase of the project is targeting 7 counties with focus on farmers from rural counties which are Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay…

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County supports farmers to venture into bee farming

In a bid to tap into bee farming, the County government of Nakuru has 73 modern bee hives were distributed to 15 groups in Soin ward, Rongai sub county. The hives include 36 Kenya Top Bar Hives and 37 Langstroth hives. The modern hives will help the farmers in harvesting honey as well as hive inspection and multiplication of colonies for more honey production. Speaking when she led the distribution of the hives, Ms. Virginiah Ngunjiri, Ag. Director Livestock Production, said that the hives will help farmers upgrade from the…

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County out to promote urban poultry farming

The County government of Nakuru has intensified its efforts to popularize and support urban farming by donating improved kienyeji chicks to women groups in Nakuru Town East sub-county. The directorate of livestock  distributed the second batch of 3,800 improved kienyeji chicks to farmers in Menengai East ward, Nakuru East Sub County. The chicks were distributed to 24 women and youth groups in Kiratina area. Ms. Caroline Sityenei, Vet Officer, urged the farmers to ensure that they have proper housing for their chicks as well as ensure they adhere to the…

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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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