FAO partners with Kenya in training NYS to combat locust menace

Pushing for Nakuru County Youth Board

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO has partnered with Kenya Government to address the Locust menace. The partnership will see desert Locusts experts boost Government of Kenya’s capacity to respond to the Desert Locust invasion by training 600 National Youth Service (NYS) to increase ground surveillance measures in Kenya. Speaking at the National Youth Service College in Gilgil on Thursday during the opening of the training workshop FAO Country Representative Mr.Tobias Takavarasha termed the Locust menace in Kenya an attack on the mandate of FAO in addressing…

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PS:Government to launch Partnership Coordination Framework for ASALs counties

The Government has reiterated its commitment towards addressing challenges facing arid and semi-arid counties through the development of a partnership coordination Framework. Principal Secretary Ministry of Devolution-State Department for Development of the Arid and Semi Arid Lands Micah Powon says the Framework will go long way in addressing numerous challenges among them lack of coordination and mobilization of resources. Speaking on Wednesday when he officially opened a 3-days workshop in Nakuru on validation of the Framework, the PS revealed that statistics from National Treasury indicate that since inception of Devolution…

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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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