Friday 25 April 2014

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Agriculture Sector to be transformed

The Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Mr. Felix Koskei has said the agricultural sector in the country needs a positive transformation. This would have an immediate effect on the economy. Mr. Koskei said this when he met departmental heads of the merged ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

Addressing the officers who were led by the Permanent Secretaries Dr. Romano Kiome, Prof. Jacob O. Ole Miaron and Prof. Ntiba Micheni, Mr. Koskei said food security affects all sectors and the government focus is on the agriculture.” We need to refocus and built on the gains made in the past” he emphasized.

 
Modernisation of Agricultural Training Centres

Agricultural Training Centres contribute to increased productivity of smallholder farmers through training and capacity building. This is why the Ministry of Agriculture has been revamping and strengthening the Agricultural training institutions for effectiveness, efficiency and sustainable service delivery.

This was said by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Romano Kiome when he flagged off 13 double cab pickup vehicles purchased by the ministry for distribution to ATCs countrywide. The vehicles were purchased through a demonstration Farm Fund (DFF) revolving fund model.

 
NATIONAL FARMERS AWARDS SCHEME, 2013

 

                   NATIONAL FARMERS AWARDS SCHEME, 2013

 

The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Elgon Kenya Limited will conduct the National Farmers Competition Award Scheme 2013, a new approach to up scaling the “Presidential Farmers’ Competitions Award Scheme” which the Ministry has been conducting annually.

 
Fertilizer Arrival

The ministry of Agriculture has received 1,250 metric tonnes of fertilizer. The Permanent Secretary Dr. Romano Kiome is inspecting the fertilizer in the warehouse which is part of the 27,000 metric tonnes that have been imported by the ministry.

 
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Launches E-Extension

The ministry of agriculture aims at having a one stop desk which will avail extension messages to farmers in the counties. The Permanent Secretary Dr. Romano Kiome said this when he launched the e-extension project at Kari headquarters in Nairobi.

He observed that the government has repealed all existing agricultural acts and substituted them with three acts. The new acts are the agriculture, fisheries and food authority act; the crops act, the Kenya agricultural research authority act and the yet to be enacted fisheries act.

Dr. Kiome is taken round the exhibitors during the launch.

 

 
Kenya is food secure - 23/03/2013


Food production in nearly all crops in the country increased in 2012 compared to 2011. The food assessment report of the ministry of agriculture and the Kenya Food Security Steering Group ( KPSSG) has disclosed.
The good performance has been attributed to the 2012 rains that were better in terms of temporal and spatial distribution compared to 2011. This was coupled with several food security interventions by the ministry of agriculture in collaboration with stakeholders. The other contributing factors were high adoption of the use of certified seeds and fertilizers by farmers.

 
Agriculture Minister Dr. Sally Kosgei flags off High value Seed crops at Kilimo House

The government is to spend shs 178million on Traditional High value Crops seeds for the 2013 long rains season.

The minister for agriculture Dr. Sally Kosgei disclosed this when she flagged off 517 metric tonnes of assorted drought tolerant crop seeds at Kilimo house.
The seeds include 1,592,000 cassava cuttings and 2, 400,000 sweet potato vines worth shs104 million. Other Traditional High Value food crops include sorghum, millet, pigeon peas, cow peas, green grams and dolichos. They are to be distributed to 93 districts in 31 counties in all regions except Nairobi.

 
Kenya Negotiates Export Challenges to the European Union

The government is lobbying to have Kenya removed from the list of countries the European Union has imposed an increase in the Maximum Residual Levels(MRL) allowed in beans and peas exports to the European Union.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Romano Kiome has clarified that the European Union has included Kenya on the list of countries with 10% increased MRLs checks on exported beans and peas in pods.

 
Tran Nzoia Boosts Agricultural Productivity

The country is expected to produce 38million bags of maize valued at shs 114 b. 
Tran Nzoia county is expected to realize 4.6 million bags of maize valued at shs 13.8billion.The bumper maize harvest  is to be achieved inspite of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease which affected  60,000 hectares  of maize nationally with production losses ranging from 10% to 60%. The government has since appointed a Taskforce to provide a long term solution to the maize disease.

 
Fertilizer manufacturing to be promoted

The government is in the process of indentifying investors in fertilizer manufacturing in the country, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of agriculture Dr. Romano Kiome has said. Currently the country spends about sh 80 billion annually on fertilizer imports.
Addressing stakeholders in Nairobi called to receive a presentation of a feasibility study on fertilizer manufacturing in Kenya, Dr. Kiome said there are many incentives including tax havens for investors.
He told the meeting that fertilizer companies should invest in the project as traders.” This is not a business fight with fertilizer companies. They should focus on the interest of the country”

 
Ministry Launches Flagship Policy Documents

The Ministry of Agriculture has formulated and launched several policy documents in an effort to fulfill its target of realizing under the Vision 2030 flagship projects.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture Mr. Gideon Ndambuki said this when he officially opened the 13th KARI biannual scientific conference and exhibitions on innovations at Kari headquarters.
Mr. Ndambuki said the policy documents which were recently launched by President Mwai Kibaki include:

• The National Agricultural Sector Extension policy,
• The National Agricultural Research Extension Policy,
• The National Food and Nutrition Policy  
• The National Agribusiness Strategy
• National Agricultural Extension Policy
• National Horticultural Policy
• National Agricultural Research System Policy.

 
Agriculture Minister address to the agriculture sector forum

The minister for Agriculture Dr. Sally Kosgei has said that the third agriculture sector forum is a unique platform for the review of transformational policies and practices for achievement of food security and sustainable development in Kenya.

Speaking when she welcomed President Mwai Kibaki to address the delegates, the minister said the forum’s theme was: moving towards agribusiness for a globally competitive agricultural sector.

 
President Kibaki urges youth to engage in agriculture during the 3rd Agricultural Sector Development Forum

President Mwai Kibaki has called on stakeholders in the agricultural sector to formulate policies that would attract and develop a generation of young farmers in the country.
President Kibaki said the move would not only attract the energy of the youth and their skills but bring innovations and contribute to modernizing the the Agricultural sector.
The President noted that the average age of the Kenyan farmer is 60 years and yet a large percentage of our population is under 35 years.
President Kibaki was speaking today at a Nairobi hotel when he officially opened the 3rd Agricultural Sector Development Forum.

 
An Overview and Impact of The Traditional High Value Crops Program

Kenya has been mainly dependent on maize as the main staple food at both national food policy level and households. Due to changing weather patterns, population growth and urbanization in the country, the country is continually unable to produce enough maize to feed the population.

The Traditional High Value Crops program was an initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture initiated in the 2006/2007 to promote production and consumption of alternative cereal and non cereal crops, ensuring food availability and food price stability, to improve food security through provision of drought tolerant and early maturing seed varieties to the Arid Semi Arid Areas of the country, ensuring farmers get higher incomes through sale of excess produce and seeds. The majority of people who live in these areas are poor and plant poor quality seed and vegetatively propagated materials. This leads to low yields, food insecurity, poor nutrition and low household incomes. One way of mitigating this is to avail to farmers quality drought tolerant planting materials.

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The Nairobi International Trade Fair

The Nairobi International Trade Fair Opened its doors on 1st October 2012 til 7th October 2012.

All have been invited to see exhibitions of different products, services and technologies. Also get a chance to enquire as much details as possible.

Some of the above include;

Certified Seedlings

 

 
Flagging off of Traditional High Value Crops

It is my pleasure to flag off these drought tolerant, early maturing and high yielding seeds for distribution to farmers for planting during the 2012 short rains season. We have been advised by the Department of Meteorology that the short rains will be adequate. The main role of the Ministry of Agriculture is to ensure food security for all Kenyans.
In order to achieve this, we have been training farmers to adopt modern technologies for food production and to ensure that they adapt to the changing climatic conditions by producing the Traditional High Value Crops.

Traditional food crops such sorghum, millet, sweet potatoes, cassava, pigeon peas, cowpeas, green grams and dolichos have been pivotal in ensuring self-sufficiency in food despite being outside the bracket of other more recognized crops in the agricultural system.

 
CountryStat Technical Working Group Meeting

Countrystat is a statistical framework and applied information system for analysis and policy making designed to organize, integrate and disseminate statistical data on food and agriculture from different data providers, the Counytrystat project country coordinator Mr.Abner Ingosi said during a technical working group meeting. He added that the project coordinates the collection of scattered institutional statistical information and makes it compatible at the national and international levels to meet the international standards. The project is managed from the ministry of agriculture and is supported by Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO). 

 
Minister's Press Release On multiple Viral and Fungal Infection of maize in Central Rift Valley Region

In September last year, an infection of maize was reported in parts of Bomet district by some farmers and our District Agriculture Officers. The disease had not been reported in the area or any part of the country before. The symptoms of the disease are manifested at streak and withering. The disease has now been reported also in Chepalungu, Narok North and Naivasha districts. Unconfirmed reports have been recorded in neighboring Bomet and as far as Mathira East and Imenti South districts.
Immediately the disease was reported, the ministry constituted a team comprising the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya Agricultural Research Innstitute (KARI), and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) to undertake assessment; collect samples for laboratory analysis for identification of cause; and come up with control and management protocol. They were assisted by CABI, Agro- Chemical companies- (Bayer East Africa and Twiga Chemicals limited), Egerton University, and International Wheat and maize Improvement centre (CIMMYT).

 
Flower Trade Expo Exbition Opened In Nairobi-21st March 2012
The Minister for Agriculture Dr.Sally Kosgei has observed that Kenya contributes 30% of the world flower trade and is the leading flower grower and exporter in Africa.  In 2011, Kenya exported flowers worth Ksh 45 Billion representing 50% of the total horticulture exports which stood at Ksh 91 Billion. The minister said this when she opened the 2012 international flower trade expo exhibition at Oshawal centre in Nairobi.
The minister added that horticulture currently contributes to about ksh 250 Billion to the Kenyan economy in terms of both export and local consumption. The sub-sector employs about 4.5 Million people and contributes to 11% of the GDP.‘The government will strengthen the Horticultural Crops Development Authority, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Pest Products Control Board and other relevant institutions to enable them play a greater role in improving standards in the subsector.’ She emphasizedShe assured investors, growers and customers that the Kenya government has put in place policies and legislations that facilitate further growth of the horticulture subsector and by extension the flower industry.

 
FLOWER TRADE EXPO EXBITION OPENED IN NAIROBI
FLOWER TRADE EXPO EXBITION OPENED IN NAIROBI The Minister for Agriculture Dr.Sally Kosgei has observed that Kenya contributes 30% of the world flower trade and is the leading flower grower and exporter in Africa. In 2011, Kenya exported flowers worth Ksh 45 Billion representing 50% of the total horticulture exports which stood at Ksh 91 Billion. The minister said this when she opened the 2012 international flower trade expo exhibition at Oshawal centre in Nairobi. The minister added that horticulture currently contributes to about ksh 250 Billion to the Kenyan economy in terms of both export and local consumption. The sub-sector employs about 4.5 Million people and contributes to 11% of the GDP. ‘The government will strengthen the Horticultural Crops Development Authority, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Pest Products Control Board and other relevant institutions to enable them play a greater role in improving standards in the subsector.’ She emphasized She assured investors, growers and customers that the Kenya government has put in place policies and legislations that facilitate further growth of the horticulture subsector and by extension the flower industry. She announced that the ministry of Agriculture has finalized the Horticultural Policy which will be officially released soon. She called on investors to look into opportunities for horticulture investments in the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia (LAPSSET) corridor through irrigated horticulture production. She added that the government recognizes the significant role played by the private sector in the growth of the horticulture subsector. Public private partnerships (PPP’s) are being encouraged because the private sector has the potential of moving the industry to a new level of development. She thanked the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and the Fresh Produce Exporter’s Association (FPEAK) for participating in the Kenya Horticulture Taskforce that has enabled the subsector to have a coordinated approach to issues affecting horticulture especially with regard to market requirements and compliance.
 
North Rift National Agricultural Show Eldoret - Ehancing Technology in agriculture and Industry for food security and national growth
Imbalances in food distribution in the country is being addressed by the government through various measures. The minister for Cooperative Development and Marketing said this when he officially opened the ASK north Rift National Agricultural Show in Eldoret. He was accompanied at the Show by the minister for Agriculture Dr. Sally Kosgei . She  assured farmers that the price for fertilizer would remain at shs 2500 per bag for DAP and  shs 1,600 per bag for CAN fertlizer. She assured farmers of availability of enough fertilizer in the country for the planting season.
 
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