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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

Follow this link to watch the live event in Marrakech,Morrocco on the 23rd June 2018

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.

Farmers reduce post-harvest losses

Farmers in Laikipia Country have always been affected by low maize prices due to poor market channels and high postharvest loses. To address these challenges Maize farmers with support of the ASDSP founded Laikipia Maize Value Chain Development Network in 2015.

The Network is an umbrella organization consisting of 43 maize value chain groups drawn from Ol-Moran, Igwamiti, Githiga, Salama, Marmanet, Rumuruti and Ngobit Wards. The Network has improved the organization and
co-ordination of the maize value chain in Laikipia County as well as championing the collective interests of the Maize Value Chain actors enhancing a viability of the value chain.

ASDSP in collaboration with the County department of Agriculture trained 951 members of the Network on group dynamics, marketing, entrepreneurship,  soil sampling, maize production and post-harvest management. ASDSP also supported development of a manual on post -harvest handling of maize and linked the Network to Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

The Network with support of the County Government coordinates sourcing for farm inputs ensuring that farmers get certified seeds and subsidized government fertilizer. The Network negotiated for better maize prices at Ksh. 500 more per 90kg bag thus translating to an extra Ksh. 10,000 for a farmer who is producing 20 bags of maize per acre.

Through the Warehousing Receipting System (WRS), four cereal banks (Ndurumo, Sipili, Divai, and Ol- Moran) have secured an extra storage capacity of more than 40,000 bags. The adoption of appropriate post-harvest technologies has reduced post-harvest grain losses.

“I used to lose around 2 bags per acre due to post harvest losses but after training, application of post -harvest handling of maize manual and use of hermetic bags for storage I have reduced the post harvest losses by 10 percent,” said Mr. Mbogo, a member of the network.

Branded Honey: Rachemo Co-operative Society, Baringo County

Rachemo Cooperative Society Limited, located in Radat area of Mogotio Sub County, was initially registered by the Department of Social Services as a beekeepers self-help group in 1996. After interventions by ASDSP, they
transformed into a Cooperative Society in 2014 with the key objective of bulking, processing and marketing their honey. The society started with 20 members and has gradually increased membership to 77 (52 men and 25 women).

ASDSP in partnership with Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) built the capacity of the society members by training them on group dynamics, governance and management. They were also trained on production, processing, standardization and certification of honey. For hands on experience members were taken for study tours to Cabesi honey project in West Pokot County, National Bee Keeping Institute and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The programme linked the society to Kenya commercial Bank Foundation where they accessed a loan of Ksh. 1.5 million for buying and selling of honey.

In order to build their society, members increased their share capital to KSh. 640,000 in 2016 from Ksh. 70,000 in 2014. The volume of honey traded increased from 2.7 tonnes in 2014 to 6.1 tonnes in 2015 and the income increased from KSh. 1.08 million to Ksh. 3.05 million in the same period. Honey prices also increased from Ksh. 450 per kilogram in 2014 to 600 Ksh. in 2016.

The society now processes quality honey certified by KEBS. It has relevant county licenses, uses food grade containers and have branded their product.

The honey is packaged in various quantities (20, 50, 100, 150, 300, 500 grams to 1kg) to meet the needs of the market. They acquired a barcode and are able to sell honey in super markets.