Category: Agriculture News

10 Oct
By: Kajiado County 0

DROUGHT MITIGATION

(from right)H.E the deputy Governor and CECM Agriculture,livestock,fisheries and cooperative development Moses Ole Narok indulging into discussion at the meeting

The emergency team met with the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) to discuss on the current drought situation in the County since Kajiado is among the many counties hit by hard severe drought.

The deputy governor spearheaded the meeting as the chairman of the emergency team. Appealing to all NGOs and other stakeholders in the county to help reach to the many affected areas of the county. He also warned the business people who are taking advantage of the situation by selling hay that of less quality to the Herders. The deputy also gave orders to the ministry of livestock to do a follow up on the same issue.

He was accompanied by CECM for livestock and fisheries Moses Ole Narok, CECM health Esther Somoire, Sub County administrators and ward administrators.

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02 Oct
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LIVESTOCK FARMERS TO COPE WITH VAGARIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

H.E Governor Joseph Ole Lenku is putting in place an elaborate hay production and conservation program targeting supply of at least 1,600,000 subsidized bales to livestock farmers per year. A 1000 acres hay production and conservation model farm shall be established per sub-county for this program.
This is part of a sensitization initiative to both pastoralists and dairy farmers to adopt this model to deal with drought impacts for posterity.
The program shall be linked to other livestock value chain improvements in the pipeline.

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22 Feb
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KEN CHIC DONATES ONE DAY OLD CHICKS

 

(on the left)CECM for ICT, Gender and Social Services Hon. Richard Parsitau and Dr.Messo Watson(on the right) from Ken chic company having a look at the one day old chicks

A long discussion of social responsibility that the company owns the people of Kenya farmers in particular had reached to a conclusion when they handed over a poultry house and gave out 1000-one day old chicks to Athi River Prisoners Women Group in Kitengela, Oloosirikon and Sholinke ward in Kajiado East.

Speaking during the delivery of the chicks Dr.Messo Watson Ken chic company vet said the chicks will help the group to start poultry production as well as sustain their own lively hood and supply of eggs to the region. The doctor noted that this was not the first group to help since they have also issued to the disabled groups and to the orphan’s in some parts of the country.

CECM for ICT, Gender and Social Services Hon. Richard Parsitau acknowledged the project by assuring the team present that sooner or later the county government will sign an M.O.U with Ken chic company for the benefit of the community.

The Minister further outlined the technical support and advice ken chic have given to the group’s inconjuction with the county government office from the ministry of gender and livestock. Articulating the support ken chic has shown in supporting the women group.

The project will progress soon in Oloolua before heading to Kajiado Central to support Revelation 15 Company Limited.

 

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06 Dec
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CATTLE VACCINATION IN MAGADI WARD

director of livestock and fishery  dr. kisa J.Z Juma Ngeiywa vaccinate animals in magadi

Director of livestock and fishery dr. kisa J.Z Juma Ngeiywa vaccinate animals in Magadi

Over 5,000 cattle were vaccinated against foot and mouth disease in Magadi ward, Kajiado County.
The 4 day free vaccination exercise was conducted by both the National and county government started in Entasopia, Oloika,Shompole and Odonyo-nyokie.
The event was used to sensitize the local community on the importance of keeping animals disease free to increase their market value.
Speaking during the event, the director of veterinary services Dr. Kisa J.Z Juma Ngeiywa said disease spread is common in pastoralist communities.” Foot and mouth disease spread is rapid in pastoralist communities. We are doing this vaccination today and we are doing this in 14 counties including Garissa, Turkana, Lamu and many others. We are collaborating with neighboring countries to control animal movement. ”

Residents of Magadi also expressed their feelings towards the vaccination exercise saying it should be done every six months.” it has been long since our animals were vaccinated and we used to pay some money but it is now free of charge. We hope it will be done after every 6 months since there are many animals in this area.” Said Maison Olotuno a local area  resident.
Area MCA Peter Pariken urged the residents to bring their animals to be vaccinated.
” Whenever there is free vaccination, please bring your animals, we want to ensure that every household has vaccinated its animal to avoid spread of diseases.”
Kajiado county commissioner Harrsame Kello added that security will be beefed up between Kenya borders to control animal movement.” we want to control cross border movement. We have talked with Tanzania security team that they also vaccinate their animals before allowing them to enter Kenya.”

CECM incharge of agriculture Jonah Orumoi inject a cow during the vaccination in magadi ward

CECM in-charge of agriculture Jonah Orumoi inject a cow during the vaccination in magadi ward

Kajiado county CECM in charge of agriculture, livestock and fisheries Jonah Orumoi said the county has done a lot in livestock.” This is the third consecutive year we have vaccinated over 200,000 cattle across the county. We have also built many cattle crushes across the county. In this vaccination process we are targeting where animals have migrated due to drought.”
The county parliamentary committee on livestock was also present during the event.

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10 Feb
By: CGK 0

‘PRESERVE GRASS’ KAJIADO PASTORALISTS URGED.

The Deputy Governor Hon Paul Ntiati during the cattle auctioning held  in kajiado demonstration farm

The Deputy Governor Hon Paul Ntiati at the backgroung when he led cattle auctioning at kajiado demonstration farm

Pastoralists in Kajiado have been urged to adopt the skillfulness of grass preservation to help reduce the intense draught effects the community has faced in previous years.

According the County Department of Agriculture, Overgrazing is the major challenge leading to loss of grass, hence drought in the area. Traditions terming overgrazing as a sign of wealth have also been said to contribute to rearing of poor quality breeds.

Speaking at a cattle public auction held at the Kajiado Demonstration farm yesterday, Deputy Governor Paul Ntiati, urged the pastoralist to adopt the grass harvesting and preservation technic during this rainy season to enable them save for drier months ahead.

Ntiati also urged the pastoralist to adopt zero-grazing and on improving their breeds saying this type of grazing has less negative effect on land and are easy to manage. The Deputy added that the main reason for caring out the cattle auction is to enable the pastoralist to acquire better breeds for cross breeding.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Agriculture and Livestock Mr. Jonah Orumoi said the cattle auctioned included 18 bulls and 3 cows, all at rates between Ksh 80,000 to Ksh120,000, all being a Parkistanian breed courtesy of the national government.

Mr. Orumoi also urged the pastoralist to have their animals vaccinated during this rainy period to protect them from major breakouts like bluetongue, foot and mouth among others.

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13 Aug
By: CGK 0

POKA WOMEN GROUPS RECIEVE DAIRY GOATS FOR FARMING

One of the groups receives a dairy goat  during the presentation by ADEO.

One of the groups receives a dairy goat during the presentation by ADEO.

The County Government in collaboration with the Africa Development and emergency Organization(ADEO)through The’ Mother and Child Initiative has donated 32 dairy Goats to four Women Groups in Poke Village, Poka Location in Kajiado East Sub County.
Addressing hundreds of Poke residents yesterday , Africa Development and Emergency Program Manager Dr Atei Kerochi said that the initiative began in the year 2014 of which they first donated a total of 45 Goats in some parts of Kajiado central among them. Isajiloni, Piliwa, Esukuta, Majengo, Eluanata and Orkiloriti. He added that the main reason behind this initiative is to help those nursing mothers in the remote areas ‘’This program began last year and our main objective is to help our nursing mothers in the Villages to get milk for nutrition during such critical situations like this whereby during the dry season threir’s no milk at all. Now my word to them is that as you take this dairy Goats, please take care of them and make use of them. Again I would urge our nursing mothers to breast their babies at least for six months and even though it is not easy but it is a must in order to have a healthy Child “said Dr Atei.
Meanwhile on the other hand, County Government Livestock Officer Mr. Bernard Karanja said that The’ Mother and Child Initiative said that goat milk is good in nutrition and highly recommended for child consumption and therefore urged the area residents to make use of the animals they were given as well as to take good care of them.”Well as you receive this goats a lot of responsibility relies on you as the farmer, for it to provide enough milk, it will depend on you. am saying this because very soon some years to come, they will multiply and in numbers and am sure you will enjoy their products “He said.
About health farming among pastoralist, County Government Mother and Child Initiative Patron who is also the head of Community Health Services and Health promotion unit in the County Government, Mrs Anne Thitu ,said that The reason why The Ministry of Health, that of Agriculture as well as The Africa Development Emergency has partnered is to inform the Community on how to provide healthy farming and ensuring that the community members gain knowledge of good health skills.”We are here for the betterment of our Community, This shows that health is done comprehensively. So far we have visited this village severally and our objective is to ensure that our outreach target is achieved which is eradicating poverty. About The Mother and Child Initiative, it was officiated by His Excellency The Governor and his objective was to provide better ways of helping our nursing mother to be able to breast feed their babies. “Said Anne Thitu.

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