Monthly Archives: November 2016

Kilimo cha Ndizi-Ndizi inafakuwekwa kwa Udongo aina gani?, 29/11/16

Banana value chain project management team (PMT) wishes to take this opportunity to acknowledge National programme secretariat (NPS) for financially supporting Kiambu County banana value chain project. We do highly acknowledge His Excellency William Kabogo-the Governor Kiambu County and the County department of agriculture, livestock and fisheries through the Executive Committee Member Hon. Dr, Monicah Waiganjo PHD, for the continued support in the facilitation of access to certified banana plantlets, through supply of planting materials (tissue culture banana plantlets) banana hardening nurseries establishment and extension services provision. Special thanks go to Kiambu County ASDSP Coordinator   (Madam Abigail Taabu) and her CCU team, County steering committee, Sub-County steering committee, banana value chain platform and all the value chain actors for their timely backstopping and also believing in us. Finally we appreciate all the stakeholders who in one way or another contributed to the success of banana value chain project.

It is our hope that the same spirit of collaboration will continue in the coming year, 2016/2017, for sustainable food security, income security and livelihoods enhancement within the county and beyond.

Agricultural commodities prices for 28.11.2016

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Agricultural commodities prices 25.11.2016

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Faida za Tunda la Karakara (Passion Fruit)

Passion fruit is a fast growing climbing vine that does well in a wide range of altitudes. There are two varieties: purple passion which is grown in highlands of altitudes 1200m to 1800m above sea level and the yellow variety which does well in the lowlands. Because of its potential, purple passion is one of the prioritized value chains in Uasin Gishu County. Consequently, the Agricultural Sector Development Support programme programme (ASDSP) alongside the County Government and other partners conducted various trainings for producers including good agronomic practices, group dynamics, value addition, water harvesting and conservation. Linkages were also created to the markets and specifically exporters. More support came from the County Government’s Horticultural Business Strategy which helped establish 31 fruit tree nurseries in the county.
As a result of these interventions, area under passion fruit increased from 10 acres in 2015 to 62.9 acres in 2016. Overall vine population now stands at 41,900 plants producing 15 tons of quality fruits per week.. Passion fruit grows fast and matures within eight months. It can be harvested four times a year, depending on the availability of rain or irrigation water. The traditional purple variety has a lifespan of two to three whereas the grafted purple/yellow variety can last for up to four years.

Agricultural commodities prices for 22.11.2016

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Governors converge for Intergovernmental Forum; Agriculture Sector

cs_sectorGovernors and stakeholders in the agriculture sector converged at the Sarova Whitesands in Mombasa, for the 2nd Intergovernmental Forum on Agriculture Sector, Monday.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mr. Willy Bett said the Intergovernmental Forum brought together a diverse range of value chain players across the agriculture landscape.

“This Forum also recognizes the progress made by the agriculture stakeholders in building a foundation for agriculture renaissance. Agriculture is an integral pillar of Kenya’s Economy directly contributing 30% to the GDP,” he said.

Migori governor called on stakeholders to support the sector, saying it employs about 75 per cent of the Kenyan population and forms a bulk of national revenue through agricultural produce.

Council of Governors (CoG) Deputy Chairman John Mruttu said Agriculture has the potential to deal with unemployment problem in the country. “Intra-Ministry, Inter Ministerial and Intergovernmental Coordination and Cooperation is needed for agriculture transformation and mutual accountability,”said the Taita Taveta governor.

On his part, CoG Chairman Peter Munya emphasised that youth engagement in agriculture was a key issue that needs to be addressed. He further assured that development partners were in full support of the National and County government’s collaboration in the agricultural sector.

The proposed consultation and cooperation mechanism for the agricultural sector was adopted during the meeting.

State bets on new pest-proof storage bags to reduce maize wastage

cs-pictureIn Summary

· Hermetic bags can store maize, beans and wheat for two years, making them disease and pest free for a longer time.

· The new bags were launched Wednesday after years of trials to test their efficiency before being rolling out to farmers countrywide.

Grain farmers will benefit from new storage bags, which do not require the use of insecticides to prevent weevils and other pests’ invasion that have for years seen millions of bags of the produce go to wastage.

The hermetic bags can store maize, beans and wheat for two years, making them disease and pest free for a longer time. This comes as a boost to Kenya’s food security. The new bags were launched Wednesday after years of trials to test their efficiency before being rolling out to farmers countrywide.

It is estimated that over three million bags of maize will be saved from going to waste once farmers adopt the new technology.“These bags are going to play a major role in curbing food wastage that results from post-harvest losses. It is a major step towards improving food security,” Agriculture secretary Willy Bett said during the launch.

The minister said the strategy for increasing food availability to feed the growing population is to ensure proper and better utilisation of food that is already produced. “In this respect, reduction of post-harvest loss is an important strategy to ensure food and nutritional security and improve farmers income in a sustainable manner,” he said.

The representative of manufacturers Bhubhinder Singh urged the government to abolish the 16 per cent duty charged on the bags to enable small-scale farmers to acquire them with ease.  “The cost of these bags is high because of the 16 per cent Value Added Tax. The government should remove this duty to enable small-scale holders to afford them,” said Mr Singh.

The Ministry of Agriculture through the Crop Management and Post-Harvest Unit, in collaboration with USAid-KAVES, Bell Industries, GrainPro Inc, Elite Innovations, Vestergaard and Agro-Z, have united to roll out the adoption of bags in the country.

By GERALD ANDAE,

Email: gandae@ke.nationmedia.com

Agricultural Commodities prices for 21.11.2016

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Agricultural Commodities prices for 18.11.2016

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Agricultural Commodities prices for 16.11.2016

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