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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Nakuru poultry farmers to benefit from Sh 16 million project

The Nakuru County Government has launched the County Improved local chicken stimulus project aimed at distributing 29,700 hens and cockerels to poultry farmers across the county. In the first phase of the project, four farmer groups in Molo Sub County received 3,850 local improved chicken from the county’s department of livestock. The County is seeking to invest a total of Ksh 16 million in the project which is is geared towards providing improved chicken breeds to poultry farmers. Speaking when she launched the project, Ag. Livestock Director, Ms. Virginia Ngunjiri,…

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Governor Lee appeals to farmers to go to farms and plant

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has urged farmers within the Rift valley Region to get into their farms and start planting especially during this rainy season. Kinyanjui said that it had been noted that most farmers within the region had became reluctant to get into their farms due to the corona virus pandemic. Speaking in Nakuru,Kinyanjui said that as much as the country and the entire world were facing hard times dealing with the pandemic,people still needed food and appealed to farmers to make maximum use of the ongoing rains in…

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County restocks Lake Solai to boost fish quantity

The County Government of Nakuru has embarked on restocking in Lake Solai and other water sources within the County. Through the Department of agriculture, the Lake received 15,000 tilapia and 11,000 catfish fingerlings. While touring the Lake, Agriculture CEC Dr. Immaculate Maina said the County Government will set apart breeding areas to protect the fingerlings. She added that various interventions have been put in place including having closed fishing seasons, use of specific fishing equipment and restocking to manage the fish populations. Training will also be conducted to residents near…

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Nakuru: Superior bulls distributed to farmers for breed improvement

The County Government of Nakuru has launched a breed improvement program in a bid to enhance livestock productivity in the region. The first phase of the program seeks to establish genetic variation in livestock populations in lower zones of Rongai and Subukia sub-Counties. The breeding scheme will see 100 Sahiwal and Boran bulls, 130 Dorper Rams and 130 Galla goat bucks distributed to farmers for cross breeding purposes. Some 42 Sahiwals and Borans bulls have been distributed to farmers in Waseges and Soin Wards, each receiving 16 and 26 animals…

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