Institutions lauded for their contribution towards innovation in agriculture

The government is committed towards exploring the use of innovation and technology in boosting agriculture sector. Speaking on Friday at the ongoing Nakuru National Agricultural show, Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui lauded the various institutions that are banking on innovation to boost agriculture in the country. Chelugui who represented his Agriculture counterpart Mwangi Kiunjurui at the third day of the Nakuru National ASK show reiterated the government’s commitment in the use of innovation and technology in promoting agriculture and trade. “The learning institutions in this region are doing a lot…

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Nakuru Agricultural show lauded for attracting international delegates

Nakuru National Agricultural show has continued to attract more exhibitors and international guests making it more of an international show. Already a delegation from Argentina was received on Wednesday and more expected from Uganda on Friday. Speaking on Thursday after visiting various exhibition stands, Nakuru County Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir attributed this to the more innovation in agriculture that is being exhibited at the show. He called on farmers to make good use of the opportunity available at the various exhibition stands to learn on new innovation and technology in…

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Kenyans urged to embrace crop diversity to salvage the country from poverty

There is need for Kenyans to embrace food diversity through seeking alternative crops to boost food security in the counties and also to improve their livelihoods. Sweet Potatoes Farming researcher at Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization-KALRO Mr. John Ndung’u says with the emerging climate change challenges maize can no longer be relied on solely. In an interview at the ongoing Nakuru National Agricultural show, the researcher says crop diversification is the only way to uplift the living standards of the farmers and Kenyans as a whole. “Time is now…

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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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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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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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Nakuru County bans livestock movement to contain foot and mouth disease

The County Government of Nakuru has indefinitely banned livestock movement from Rongai Sub- County following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the area. The disease was first reported and detected a week ago in Mosop Ward and no death has been reported among domesticated animals. The outbreak has been blamed on the influx of livestock from neighboring Kajiado and Narok Counties into Nakuru County. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries chief officer Dr Enos Amuyunzu said the county had placed stringent measures to ensure animal products destined for…

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