Gov’t waives over Sh1 bln farmers’ loans owed to AFC

The Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC). [Photo: Daily Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta, has waived up to Sh1.5 billion in loans owed to the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) by distressed farmers in Kajiado, Narok and Baringo counties. The action is part of a broader agenda to ease financial pressure on farmers across the country to promote renewed…

Uhuru slams Opposition for discrediting his agriculture efforts

A sugarcane plantation. President Uhuru Kenyatta today says his administration has extended relief to farmers to boost production. Refuting claims by the Opposition that some sectors are favoured than others, Uhuru pointed out that his administration focuses on serving all Kenyans equally and has not left out any agricultural sector unattended. “My administration has ensured…

Unga shortage is because Kenyans consume more Ugali, says Agriculture CS

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett addresses the press at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Donholm silo, Nairobi, June 19, 2017. [Photo: @ntvkenya] The government blamed the biting maize and Unga shortage, on Kenyans, for eating too much Ugali. According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, Kenyans have been consuming too much Ugali since…

Uhuru opens Sh125 million livestock resource centre in Bomet

President opens Sh125 million livestock resource centre at Sotik, Bomet, June 16, 2017. [Photo: PSCU] President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened a Sh125 million animal resource centre at Sotik, to boost livestock production as he campaigned to consolidate Jubilee’s support in Bomet County. The Liquid Nitrogen plant set up by the national government, through the Kenya…

Farmers urged to embrace sorghum farming, fight armyworms

Sorghum in a farm. [Photo/Soko directory] Farmers in Kisumu County have been urged to embrace growing of sorghum, for sufficient food supply. Agriculture CeC Henry Obade said the crop if grown as advised, will ease the pressure on maize. “Famers must embrace diversity in their farms, total dependence on maize is a contributing factor to…

Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani, FAO sign Sh19M MoU to enhance Agriculture

Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) governors, Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) officials and FAO delegation sign a co-operation agreement, at TUM, May 17, 2017. [Photo/Courtesy] The Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) signed a co-operation agreement with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM). The Sh19 million co-operation agreement…

Joy for governors as court suspends coffee regulations

The High Court has suspended the recently gazetted Coffee regulations, dealing a blow to the Coffee Task force Report, meant to kick start reforms in the Coffee industry. The move comes after governors through the Council of Governors (CoG) filed an application in court, to challenge the regulations. Through their lawyer Peter Wanyama, CoG challenged…

Wamalwa tours Galana food irrigation project

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa toured the multibillion Galana Kulalu Food Security Irrigation Project on Sunday, for inspection. Accompanied by food experts, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Irrigation and Israeli officials behind the project, Wamalwa confirmed that 2,000 acres of the land has been planted maize. With addition of pumps…