Nandi county records increase in tea production
BY MATHEWS NDANYI
TEA production in Nandi county has increased in the last two years, according to Governor Dr Cleophas Lagat.
The region recorded production of 242 million kilogrammes of green leaf last year, compared to 210 million kilogrammes in the previous year. “We are now working with stakeholders to help farmers further increase production through several support programmes that we have launched,” said Lagat.
He said they are supplying farmers with adequate seedlings especially those engaging in purple tea variety.
“The variety is increasingly being taken up by farmers mostly in Mosop region.”
More extension services needed in Chuka — MP
BY DENNIS DIBONDO
Chuka Igambang’ombe MP Muthomi Njuki has urged agricultural extension officers to give advice to farmers on how to increase their yields and modernise farming in the semi arid area.
He said although the area is endowed with rich soils, there is insufficient rain to sustain growth of crops.
“Before the government initiates irrigation projects in the area, farmers should be advised on how to grow drought-resistant crops which can withstand inadequate rains,” the legislator said.
Njuki was addressing residents at Mariani Chiefs Camp in Chuka.
Garissa county launches livestock vaccination drive
BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Garissa county has started a three-week livestock vaccination campaign to minimise the effects of the El Nino rains.
The campaign that has received funding from the European Union will target areas that witnessed the Rift Valley fever outbreak after the 1997 El Nino rains. The National Drought Management Authority Garissa county co-ordinator Dr Mohammed Keinan said adequate preparations and procurement of vaccines has been done.
He said they are aiming to vaccinate between 3,000 and 5,000 cows, camels and shoats daily and will target to vaccinate over 500,000 livestock at the end of the campaign.
World Bank donates pyrethrum driers in Pokot
BY MARRYANN CHAI
The World Bank, through the Kenya Agriculture Product Agribusiness Productivity initiative, has donated three solar driers worth Sh450,000 to pyrethrum farmers in West Pokot county.
County director of agriculture, Evelyn Koskei, said the driers will enable farmers to improve the quality of pyrethrum being produced in the area. “The driers will enable farmers to dry their produce in three days unlike local drying methods which takes two weeks and reduces the pyrethrum content hence lowering its price.”