Gitura coffee farmers up in arms over ’embezzlement’ of factory funds

Coffee farmers in Gitura coffee factory in Kabazi Ward Subukia Sub County Nakuru have lamented over poor management of their coffee products. The farmers also claim that the factory funds have been embezzled without prior consultations with all relevant stakeholders. The farmers have said that the management headed by their chairman Mr. Joseph Macharia Thara has been ignoring the concerns of farmers and zero work has been going on to improve the living standards of the farmers. “We are saying enough is enough and we now demand change I the…

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Potato farmers decry laxity in implementation of new packaging regulations

Potato Packaging

Farmers in Mau Narok and Mwisho wa Lami, Njoro Sub County in Nakuru have appealed to the National and County Governments to ensure there is 100% implementation of the potato packaging regulation. The farmers say this will ensure the rule cuts across to every stake holder involved in the potato business. According to the farmers, the government has already shown its laxity after re-emergence of the exaggerated potato bags in Mau Narok despite the publicity that was done on the 50kg packaging bags. “We want the government to act because…

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Nakuru County Government denies death from Foot and Mouth disease

A section of Nakuru County leaders and residents have come out guns blazing after the county government. This comes after the office of the Governor, through the director of communications Beatrice Obwocha, released a statement denying that cows had died in Bahati and Subukia following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease. “Surveillance was made to the affected areas by a team from the Veterinary Department to ascertain the claim of dead animals. There was no evidence of cattle death due to FMD in Bahati and Subukia Sub-counties or any…

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GROOTS Kenya transforming grassroot woman through Economic Empowerment Program

Over 400 Grassroot women drawn from Molo, Kuresoi North and Kuresoi South Sub counties of Nakuru have continued to benefit from Women Economic Empowerment Program courtesy of GROOTS Kenya. GROOTS Kenya-an organization championing for the rights of women has seen several women in rural areas become confident about themselves, earn an income and manage their own finances. Through training, the women have been able to build their financial security and increase their influence over the household budget, claiming and holding the power to make their own decisions and stand up…

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Incorporate information technology for sustainable agriculture, farmers told

Young farmers have been urged to embrace and incorporate information Technology for sustainable agriculture in the country. Speaking at Egerton University in Njoro on Friday during the Strengthening Capacities for agricultural education, research and adoption in Kenya-SCARA symposium, Alexander Valeton from YIELDER (an NGO championing for improved farming) said ICT has a lot to offer and should be embraced. “We need super digital information in farming and the young people are good at this and if we do not invest in this then we are going to lose it all”…

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Nakuru MCAs seek to compel industries to provide medical cover for workers

All industries within Nakuru will be required to provide a medical cover for its workers if a bill seeking the same that has been adopted by county assembly will sail through. The bill was authored and tabled by Subukia MCA Mary Waiganjo. The MCA noted that that there are rising cases of casuals struggling to pay huge hospital bills once accidents happen in line of duty. “This Bill will help address the challenges that the workers have been facing in the industries in Nakuru” said Mca Waiganjo. The vocal Subukia…

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