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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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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Institutions lauded for their contribution towards innovation in agriculture

The government is committed towards exploring the use of innovation and technology in boosting agriculture sector. Speaking on Friday at the ongoing Nakuru National Agricultural show, Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui lauded the various institutions that are banking on innovation to boost agriculture in the country. Chelugui who represented his Agriculture counterpart Mwangi Kiunjurui at the third day of the Nakuru National ASK show reiterated the government’s commitment in the use of innovation and technology in promoting agriculture and trade. “The learning institutions in this region are doing a lot…

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County partners with Smart Farm Africa to boost agribusiness among youths

Nakuru County government has partnered with Smart Farm Africa in maximizing on the potential that the youths have in realizing improved Agriculture sector. This has seen the realization of the 1st Nakuru Agri-Tech Talks and Exhibition Event at the Nakuru Agriculture Centre as well as the launch of the launch of Nakuru County Youth Agricultural Program. Speaking during the launch, Mr.Gabriel Rugalema from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations called on the youths to embrace use of technology in Agriculture to boost the sector. “Agriculture is very paramount…

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County partners with GDC in refurbishing pyrethrum driers

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with the Geothermal Development Company in refurbishing pyrethrum driers that use geothermal steam at Eburru in Gilgil. According to Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister Dr Immaculate Maina, the driers will not only hasten drying period and make work easier but will also help maintain quality. She noted that there exist several geothermal-driven driers in the area but broke down with the collapse of the pyrethrum industry in the late 90s. The minister was speaking when she oversaw the collection and weighing of pyrethrum…

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