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County: Kisumu’s New Gold

BY LORRAINE ANYANGO 

Kisumu county has made strides in cotton farming, realizing 100 percent of the targeted acreage in just six months after the re- introduction of high breed seeds.
About 600 tons of cotton is soon ready for harvesting, up way from only 50 tones that was being produced in the county.
The county received 12, tones of cotton conventional seeds, 140 kgs of biotechnology (BT) high breed seeds and 480 kgs of high breed cotton seeds after the government lightened the ban on GMO (BT) cotton seed.

The seeds were distributed through cotton corporative societies which are eight. They include Kobura farmers’ cooperative society , Seme Kisumu –farmers’ cooperative society which is the largest with about 180 members, other societies are Muhoroni, Nyakach,Nyando, Kisumu East , Kimira and Kano Kajulu farmers’ cooperative societies.

The cooperatives received the high-quality seeds that were rolled out by the National government for trials from Agricultural food authority (AFA) which has partnered with the Kisumu county government through its Agricultural Sector Development support program (ASDSP), Agricultural Information Initiative (SAII) and the county’s cooperatives directorate to improve cotton farming in the county.

The re-introduction of the high breed seed has directly contributed to the increased number of farmers who are currently 600 and have cultivated 2000 acres of crop now awaiting maximum yield.

In an on-going stock take on the progress of project activities among project value chain actors in the field, for visibility and value chain actors’ feedback, it’s evident that the BT seed is resistant to ball worm,
a stubborn pest in cotton production.

The already secured market and the price for selling cotton has also become an attraction to farmers, Seme -Sub county alone has registered an additional 30 farmers this planting season who are waiting to harvest as well as join a sacco.

“From one acre of land, the maximum yield of cotton translates to about Ksh 130,000 after sale, which other crop can pay you better? its only cotton.” Kisumu County government (ASDSP) Coordinator Mr Isaac Dawo said.

The current average yield of cotton seed is 300 kgs per acre, potential maximum yield of the new cotton hybrid or Bt seed under rainfed production is 2000kgs per acre while the potential maximum yield of the new cotton hybrid of BT seed under irrigation is 2500kgs per acre.

Therefore from an acre of land , a farmer can get up to Ksh 130,000 from the new seed at the current selling price of Ksh 52 per kg of cotton. Mr Dawo painted a comparison to other crops like maize and millet which fetches only about 17,000 from an acre of land.

“In the past farmers would store their cotton for even a year due to lack of market, however in this dispensation as soon as they harvest, the crop is transported to Salawa ginnery, soon after the farmers receive payment.” Mr Dawo said adding that Kisumu county has no functional ginnery.

“Apart from distributing seeds, we have made pesticides available to cotton farmers, during this stock take exercise, we have carried 78 liters of pest control chemicals which we are giving farmers for free.” Mr Nixon Chebuche, from AFA said.

Kisumu county government, through its ASDSP has been largely involved with capacity building for cotton farmers, this financial year they have set aside 1.4 million to further train more farmers as their goal is to transform, livestock, and fisheries into commercial oriented enterprises for food security as well as nutrition.

ASDSP was started back in 2013 when conditions dint seem apt for cotton farmers as their selling price  was as low as Ksh 42 and the seed available in the market for farmers was of poor quality leading to low yields. The programme was later devolved to county governments in 2017.
Through ASDSP partnerships, farmers from Kisumu county bench-marked in Baringo with the Rift valley Traders also known as Salawa ginnery, singing an agreement with then for the purchase of all their harvested cotton, hence securing ready market for cotton.

Mr Henry Dickson Odoyo a farmer registered with the Kobura cooperative society, cultivated on virgin land after he heard of new cotton seeds, he is both surprised and joyed with the yield that is turning out so promising.

During the stock take, the team comprising of the Kisumu County Director of Crops, and agricultural officer advised the farmers to learn more about their cooperative society levies and ensure they were active in the given societies’.

They encouraged the farmers to use herbicides to clear weed as its cost effective and ensure that they keep records to inform their decisions the next planting season as well as cut down further on cost of growing the crop.

Service Providers challenged to develop Commercial Entrepreneurs in Siaya County

4th September 2020

Service providers working with Agriculture Sector Development Support Program Phase II (ASDSP II) have been challenged to act as role models so that knowledge disseminated carries more weight and value.

“Be a player in the sector who understands the challenges and strengths involved in developing an entrepreneurial mindset to farmers”, said the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Food Security, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Elizabeth Odhiambo during a review meeting at the Departmental headquarters yesterday. Dr. Odhiambo mentioned that ASDSP II’s operations aren’t restricted to specific areas so as long as the service providers continue to devote themselves to their courses, then its ripples will be felt all over.

The Department’s Chief Officer said that Agriculture is a calling just like being a Doctor so service providers must demonstrate this through their outcome areas.

Dr. Orodi Odhiambo, the Program technical Assistant said that ASDSP is for making millions therefore those who deliberately decide to lag behind will continue to languish in poverty and derail Kenya’s ambition of becoming a middle income economy by 2030.

ASDSP II Coordinator, Mr. Kenneth Owuor expressed his confidence on the team and promised to add more to fill up certain gaps. Mr. Owuor committed to ensure prompt availability of resources to facilitate capacity building to value chain actors.

ASDSP II is funded by Sweden, National & County Governments and the E.U to capacity build and address entrepreneurial skills in three value chains of fish, indigenous chicken and mango.

Department of Agriculture, Food Security, Livestock and Fisheries County Government of Siaya.

32 Cows for World’s first Floating Farm

By Elizabeth Schroeder May 20, 2019 11:24 am
Thirty-two cows recently boarded the world’s first floating farm in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The project was the latest in an urban trend focusing on sustainable food production and bringing urban dwellers face-to-face with the origin of their food.

The project also sought to address the issue of feeding a growing population with limited land space, according to Dutch property company Beladon that owns the farm.

Milk from the farm would be processed into dairy products, while plans were afoot to use the manure produced as fertilizer for the city’s plants, gardens and parks. Facilities on the floating farm included a spacious shed for the cows with large stalls, a milk robot, a slurry robot, an automatic belt feeder, and a rubber floor.

A bridge between the farm and the dock would allow the cows to have access to an adjacent pasture, a report on the company’s website said. The structure was as self-sufficient as possible and made use of floating solar panels that provided all energy needs, while a rainwater capture mechanism on the roof would both collect and purify the water.

The cattle’s feed would be sourced from the city, and would be as sustainable as possible and would include brewers’ grains, bran, potato scrapings, as well as grass from sports fields and golf courses in the city.

The key aim of the floating farm concept was to shorten the transportation time of food from where it was produced to consumers, thereby reducing food losses and minimising pollution stemming from transportation, the report said.

It is expected that the dairy products to be produced on the floating farm would be supplied to local grocery stores in and around Rotterdam.

“We believe that building on water is the way ahead in a country with a changing climate and ever-increasing urbanisation. Floating farms are the perfect scalable solution for cities such as Rotterdam, with a lot of space
on the water,” according to Peter van Wingerden, project initiator at Beladon.

Awards and Recognition

The programme participated in key major awards both at the National and International levels;

Key among them is the 2018 United Nations Public Service Awards day held in Marrekech, Morrocco in June 2018;

Sparrow mango wine manufactured in Siaya County

By: Jerry Ochieng Sando

Siaya County under Governor Cornell Amoth Rasanga is now making headlines from a very different dimension; the production of mango wine. The mango wine and juice is being produced by a group of former students who did their internship at the Siaya Agricultural Centre, in Siaya town.

According to Maurine Achieng who is the brain behind the venture, they started by producing mango juice to fetch pocket money but after graduation; no job was coming by, so they decided to venture into wine making.  Ms Achieng holds a degree in Agriculture Enterprise development from Pwani University.

“We use mango peels. That is our main ingredient. After boiling, we ferment using jerry cans for duration of three months then we decant. It is a process which takes upto 8 months,” Achieng told KTN News.

All the process takes place at the Siaya incubation centre with local mango suppliers, transporters, and casual workers earning from the creative venture.
The entire process then delivers mango juice that goes for Sh60 and the sparrow mango fruit wine that goes for Sh1, 000 per bottle.

Source: KTN News

2018 United Nations Public Service Award Winners- ASDSP

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2018 United Nations Winners of Public Service Award

2018 United Nations Public Service Award Winners

 

ASDSP 2018 United Nations Public Service Award Winners

2018 United Nations Public Service awards event at Marrakech, Morrocco on from 21st June 2018 to 23rd June 2018. ASDSP participating as winner in category 3: Promoting Gender Responsive Public Service to achieve SDGs.

Opening ceremony of United Nations public service Forum.

Opening ceremony of United Nations public service Forum.

Imechapishwa na UNPAN- United Nations Public Administration Network kwenye Alhamisi, 21 Juni 2018

 

 

ASDSP Presentation during the 2018 United Nations Public Service Award day,Morrocco

Facilitating the integration of Gender and Social Inclusion consideration in Agriculture Value chain Development

County Chief Officers Sensitization Workshop on ASDSP II Implementation

Forum for Agriculture Sector departments representatives, County Chief officers – Finance and in-charge of ASDSP, ASDSP County Co-ordinators, Council of Governors representatives, JAS, CEC caucus, National Programme Secretariat (NPS) and Value chain organizations representatives.