FAO partners with Kenya in training NYS to combat locust menace

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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MP Gachobe, activists to appeal court verdict in Solai dam case

Subukia MP Samwel Gachobe has faulted Naivasha court presiding chief magistrate Kennedy Bidali over decision to acquit nine suspects in the case against manslaughter of 48 lives that were lost during the Solai dam tragedy. Addressing media on Monday, the Legislator disagreed with the decision and promised to appeal the verdict. According to Gachobe, he will as well engage the National Assembly through a petition to seek compensation of the Solai Dam tragedy victim. “I disagree with the verdict and we shall be appealing to ensure justice for the victims.…

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Locals want NEMA to halt GDC project over health concerns

Over 500 residents of Kabazi and Menengai West wards have opposed plan by Geothermal Development Company-GDC to drill 5 wells in their farms. The locals argue that the move is ill advised as it will render them homeless as the project will see majority displaced. They argue that the plan is being implemented without the involvement of the community in the area. According to them, GDC went ahead to clandestinely submit EIA report to NEMA which published a notice on 28th October giving residents a month to submit their views.…

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Young Kenyan environmentalist Scoops Global Award

A 24-year-old Ms Mary Wanjiku Wachira from Nyandarua County living in Nakuru who was last week crowned the World prize winner of Messengers of Peace award by Kuwait’s Prime Minister for her project on maintaining the environment is set to present the award on 24th November this year to President Uhuru Kenyatta in State House Nairobi. Wanjiku who serves as the chairlady of Nyandarua youths scout wing says her goal is ensuring Kenya attains the full 10% forest cover by 2022 from the current 7.6%. She adds that planting indigenous…

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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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