Tharaka Nithi farmers decry poor coffee prices
BY DENNIS DIBONDO
Farmers in Tharaka Nithi county have complained of low prices fetched by their coffee.
The farmers said that the Sh28 per kilo rate is too low compared to Sh40 they got last year.
Mutuguta coffee society chairman Gibson Kithinji urged farmers not to blame the society, saying international coffee prices have depreciated.
“Farmers will be paid Sh2 million compared to Sh3.1 million that they earned last year. I encourage farmers to aim at producing quality coffee in order to fetch better prices at international markets,” Kithinji said.
Sh5 million for new sweet potato variety in Siaya
By ROBERT OMOLLO
THE German Agency for International Cooperation has set aside Sh5 million to facilitate production of orange-fleshed sweet potato in Siaya county.
GIZ, in conjunction with Ugunja Community Resource, will be conducting training and sensitisation of farmers on the production of the new vitamin A sweet potato.
According to the project co-ordinator Charles Ogada, the project targets 10,000 farmers in the county for a period of one year. They will be provided with seeds and money maker water pumps.
Speaking to farmers at Siaya Agricultural Training Centre, Ogada said their aim is to improve household nutrition and agricultural livelihoods through production and consumption of the bio-fortified sweet potatoes.
“Our aim is to multiply vines to our 10,000 farmers for them to have sufficient quantities of suckers to plant extensively in the next period,” he said.
Fish processing plant to be based in Lake Naivasha
BY GEORGE MURAGE
Plans are underway for the construction of a fish processing factory that will help fishermen in Lake Naivasha add value to their products.
Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said suitable land has already been identified at a cost of Sh8.1 million and construction will start before the end of the year.
Mbugua said the factory will be located at Kihito area near the lake, adding that the designs and process of land allocation were complete.
“We intend to construct a fish bulking, preservation and mini processor facility to help in value addition of the lake products,” he said.
The governor was speaking at Karagita beach during the restocking of Lake Naivasha and launching of four boats purchased at a cost of Sh9 million and will be used by officers to patrol the lake.
Baringo farmers attribute crop losses to poor roads
BY JOYCE KIMANI
Farmers in Seguton area have blamed the high rate of post harvest losses they are incurring on poor road networks in the area.
The residents complained of poor roads which have made access to the markets impossible hence affecting their produce.
“Seguton-Timboroa road is impassable during all seasons. Ferrying farm produce to the markets is becoming a nightmare since transporting products like milk and fresh vegetables is almost impossible. At times farmers use a lot of money to transport their produce to the market which in turn is a huge loss,” Daniel Karigo, a farmer, said.
Karigo said efforts to reach the county government to repair the roads has borne no fruits as they are yet to be addressed on the matter.