DP’s Wife Rachael Ruto commends Church for role in transforming society

Deputy President William Ruto’s spouse Mrs. Rachael Ruto has commended the Church for the role it has continued to play towards societal transformation. Speaking on Saturday at ACK Good Shepherd Cathedral Nakuru where she was the Chief Guest during a fundraiser for the Mothers’ Union Rally, Ms Ruto said the church has continued to contribute towards women’s development in society. While citing the various table banking and other projects that the Church has rolled out, Ms Ruto who has passion for women empowerment program reiterated her commitment to continue working…

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Shock as NLC denies illegal issuance of allotment letters in Leleshwa,Gilgil

The National Land Commission (NLC) has moved to resolve one of the longest land disputes in Gilgil surrounding Leleshwa land after locals raised concerns of illegal allocation of land. In a letter seen by this writer dated 22th February 2019 the commission said it did not authorize the allocation through allotment letters in question. The Allotment letters with official signature are said to have been issued on 17th August 1997 which happens to be on a Sunday. In addition in a letter dated 1st April 2019, the Directorate National Land…

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Kiunjuri: Government to spend Sh 80 billion on construction of small dams and water pans

The government through the ministry of Agriculture has set aside 80 billion shillings for construction of water Pans and small dams. This is aimed at addressing the water shortage that has been leading to food insecurity. Speaking during a tour in eight target counties over the weekend, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said that the resolve came after the mega dams projects across the country were derailed due to politicizing the projects band corruption allegations. Kiunjuri said that they are after constructing 4000 dams in the counties of Samburu, Baringo,…

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County partners with Smart Farm Africa to boost agribusiness among youths

Nakuru County government has partnered with Smart Farm Africa in maximizing on the potential that the youths have in realizing improved Agriculture sector. This has seen the realization of the 1st Nakuru Agri-Tech Talks and Exhibition Event at the Nakuru Agriculture Centre as well as the launch of the launch of Nakuru County Youth Agricultural Program. Speaking during the launch, Mr.Gabriel Rugalema from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations called on the youths to embrace use of technology in Agriculture to boost the sector. “Agriculture is very paramount…

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Keep off politics on maize debate, Kinyanjui tells MPs

Leaders from Nakuru and Bomet counties have called on MPs to stop politicizing the ongoing maize debate in the country. Led by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the leaders said it was unethical for a bunch of leaders to use maize to settle political scores. Governor Lee said the MPs spearheading the backlash on Deputy President William Ruto should instead offer solutions to the farmers’ woes. He warned the MPs; Alfred Keter of Nandi Hills, Joshua Kutuny of Cherangany and Silas Tiren of Moiben that their sentiments might make farmers shun…

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22 million set aside to boost fish farming in Nakuru

The County Government of Nakuru will provide capacity building to the Lake Naivasha Beach Management Unit to enable them protect the Lake. Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui says Lake Naivasha holds the wealth of Naivasha Sub County hence need to ensure good management. “We are aware that Lake Naivasha holds the wealth of Naivasha Sub County, prompting us to manage this resource well” he said. He spoke on Wednesday when he joined Principal Secretary of Agriculture and Fisheries Prof Micheni Ntiba in marking World Fisheries Day at Kamere Beach in Lake…

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Over 20 Counties commence joint dialogue on food security

Several counties have commenced a dialogue on how to ensure food security through working together with research institutions and farmers. Speaking in Nakuru on Monday during a forum that brought together over 20 CECs from different counties, Busia County CEC for Agriculture and Fisheries Dr.Osia Moses Mwanje said the move is paramount in addressing the challenges facing farmers in various counties. He said they are now focusing on high improved bean varieties in the country that can help address food security in various counties. “We are here in Nakuru to…

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County partners with GDC in refurbishing pyrethrum driers

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with the Geothermal Development Company in refurbishing pyrethrum driers that use geothermal steam at Eburru in Gilgil. According to Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister Dr Immaculate Maina, the driers will not only hasten drying period and make work easier but will also help maintain quality. She noted that there exist several geothermal-driven driers in the area but broke down with the collapse of the pyrethrum industry in the late 90s. The minister was speaking when she oversaw the collection and weighing of pyrethrum…

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A boost to farmers as County partners with GDC to incorporate geothermal power in farming

Farmers in Nakuru County have a reason to smile after the County’s Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has partnered with the Geothermal Development Company-GDC to fully incorporate geothermal power in farming. GDC plans to drill more wells in the densely populated and farming areas such as Ol Rongai, Kwa Gitau, Rigogo, Boito, Ngata Farm, Menengai Station and Kabarak. GDC Environment Manager Mr Gabriel Wetang’ula says the expansion will make it easy for the firm and partners to come up with more innovative ways of using steam from the wells.…

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Pyrethrum farmers want assets repossessed

Pyrethrum farmers in Nakuru have called on the government to audit and repossess all assets in the hands of individuals. The County Government of Nakuru is leading the 18 pyrethrum growing counties in the country to revive pyrethrum growing. The counties are Uasin Gishu, Nyandarua and Elgeyo Marakwet, among others.Pyrethrum growing areas in Nakuru include Eburru, Naivasha East, Bahati, Kuresoi South and North, Njoro. Farmers in Eburru, Gilgil have decried the leasing of steam-powered pyrethrum flowers drier to an individual by rogue cooperative officials without their knowledge and consent. Mrs…

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AIPCA’s Bishop welcomes presidential directive on maize saga

The African Independent Pentecostal church of Africa AIPCA in Nakuru has welcomed the presidential directive to have maize farmers paid and action taken against those who were paid irregularly. Addressing media in Nakuru on Wednesday, Bishop Naftaly Thuku of AIPCA Nakuru North Diocese said the directive will come as a relief for farmers who have waited for a long time. Bishop Thuku who was meeting AIPCA deacons at AIPCA Bishop Mureithi cathedral in Nakuru town said that farmers have for a long time toiled to have good harvest and as…

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Farmers urged to embrace good farming practices for better yields

Famers in Nakuru County have been challenged to embrace good farming practices by acquiring information from the extension officers for better yields. Nakuru County CEC for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Emmaculate Maina says most farmers have not been able to embrace agri-business leading poor yields. Speaking on Friday during the official opening of the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology-RVIST Agribusiness Expo 2018,the CEC urged farmers to use the Expo opportunity to get more information on the and embrace areas of excellence in agriculture. “The greatest challenge in agriculture…

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