Lobby decries discriminative land reform programs against women

A lobby group has raised alarm over discriminative land reform programmes in Kenya against women and girls. GROOTS Kenya-an organization championing for the rights of women and girls in a press release on Tuesday (a day the world marked International Women Day) argued that despite President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing more than 3 million title deeds between 2013-2017,only 10.3% of these land title deeds were issued to women while 85.6% were issued to men as per statistics from (Kenya Land Alliance). Speaking during the event held at Christian Leadership Centre (Ufungamano)…

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Nakuru Farmers cry to Uhuru over harsh economy

Farmers in Bahati sub county of Nakuru are decrying the 16% VAT imposed on fuel that has led to the harsh economy due to increased price of farm inputs. Addressing media at Bahati’s Maili Kumi market, the farmers led by Mr. George Gatiba said the harsh economy has nothing for them to benefit from their farms as inputs are expensive and they might opt to shun farming if the government does not step. “Prices of all farm inputs have gone up and we are now left to suffer. We are…

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Kiptangwany Farmers embrace organic farming as way of life

  Makongo Farmers Network in Kiptangwany, Gilgil sub county of Nakuru is a group that has gone through ups and downs since formation 5 years ago but has stood the test. The group which has over 30 members at the moment after going through many challenges and losses decided focus on organic farming. According to the group’s chairman Francis Ngiri, the group had initially partnered with Egerton University that saw farmers benefit from farm produce such as beans which went at Kshs.150 per Kilogram. The partnership also enabled the farmers…

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Nakuru County tips farmers on how to fight the deadly fall armyworm

The county government of Nakuru is conducting surveillance training to maize farmers across the County that has been affected by the Fall Army Worm. County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Immaculate Maina has advised farmers to practice integrated farming and spot control before resolving to use of pesticides. “We have noticed that the infestation is lower in mixed fields compared to fields where only one crop has been grown,” she noted. So far, Gilgil Sub County has been the most affected area in the region.Dr. Maina said…

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Farmers receive seedlings under county Pyrethrum revival program

Farmers from the agri-rich Olenguruone area on Tuesday received thousands of Pyrethrum seedlings from the County government of Nakuru and a partner, KENTEGRA. Under his Pyrethrum revival strategy, Governor Kinyanjui promised each farmer free seedlings depending on the acreage available. Speaking during the event, the County Executive in charge of Agriculture Dr Immaculate Njuthe, assured farmers that the program was not just continuous but had also taken care of the entire Pyrethrum value chain. KENTEGRA Botanicals, an international company interested in Pyrethrum growing and processing also promised that it had…

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Farmers storm NCPB Nakuru stores over delayed supply of subsidized fertilizer

Hundred of farmers on Thursday stormed the National cereals and produce board –NCPB depot in Solai accusing the outlet management of favoritism in the sale of the subsidized commodity. The depot located within Rongai Sub County serves the larger Subukia and Rongai sub counties. The farmers who turned up at the depot as early as 7.00am said that they have been visiting the depot to collect fertilizer which they have already paid for but they are always taken for a ride. They questioned why “well connected” traders were able to…

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