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County chicken stimulus project hatches housing units for Olkaria bodaboda riders

The group had received two modern incubators and their accessories in January this year and its success story has inspired other farmers groups which they are now training on poultry hatching.

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The Kamere Housing Bodaboda Group members. Photo/Jasor Leleti

County Local Chicken Stimulus Project has continued to pay off with members of Kamere Housing Bodaboda Group in Olkaria Ward among the pioneer beneficiaries of the programme.

The group had received two modern incubators and their accessories in January this year and its success story has inspired other farmers groups which they are now training on poultry hatching.

Maurice Okoth, the group’s chairman lauded the project launched under the leadership of Governor Lee Kinyanjui saying it has helped them among other beneficiaries to have an additional income and uplift rural economies.

“With basic training from the county government, we have recorded up to 80 per cent hatching success. We now have a decent additional income to top up on our savings as compared to when we were just riders,” said Okoth.

He explained how being bodaboda operators has provided them with a link to market their new venture as some of their clients buy chicks from them or contract their hatchery.

“At the moment we are using word of mouth to market our business selling chicks that are between a day and a month old. Our progress is encouraging,” said Okoth.

Although some of the members were reluctant during its inception, it has continued to gain traction among the operators who earlier on contemplated selling the equipment and share the proceeds among themselves.

“We have managed to change their mindset. Since registering less than a year ago, we have managed to pool more resources which we now intend to use in expanding the business. The members are now active listeners and mobilizers of change as opposed to being rowdy, a presumed trait of most riders,” he said.

He thanked the county government for the initiative adding that similar support granted to others in their ward and other parts of the County will greatly empower the youth and help transform their lives.

On Thursday, the County Government of Nakuru distributed 26 other incubators, backup generators, voltage regulators and over 5,000 fertilized eggs to 26 farmer groups in Olkaria Ward, Naivasha sub-county.

This brings the total number of incubators and related accessories distributed this year to over 100 in Kihingo, Elementaita, Kabatini, Murindat, Njoro, Mai Mahiu and Olkaria wards.

Livestock Production Officer, Dr Jane Waititu said that the County Government of Nakuru has put tremendous efforts into ensuring that farmers produce food for the sustainability of the food nutrition and security aspect under the Big 4 Agenda.

“Agribusiness guarantees an extra income for the youth as they engage in other activities. The county government will continue to provide technical training to ensure the success of the Local Chicken Stimulus Project,” said Dr Waititu.

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Nakuru to host World Bee Day celebrations

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Bees on a honey comb

Nakuru City will this year host the Regional World Bee Day (WBD) celebrations from the 18th – to the 20th of May 2022.

The yearly event is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in food security, global hunger eradication, and environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Under the theme; “Bee engaged: Celebrating the contribution of bees to the environment, food security and income generation to mankind.”

The forum will share knowledge from across the world, and draw the attention of the public and decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees as well as halting the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems following the Paris Agreement.

FAO estimates that bees contribute to the pollination of food worth between $ 235 and $ 580 billion every year and that their decline continues to strain food systems.

Intensive farming practices, excessive use of agrochemicals, habitat loss, and adverse effects of climate among other issues have been identified as key hindrances causing the depopulation of bees and loss of colonies.

With such challenges, there is a need to come up with solutions that are resistive to the increasing bee population globally.

According to FAO, Kenya ranks third in Africa after Tanzania which is the largest producer of honey and produces approximately 31,405 tonnes annually while Angola ranks second producing about 23,500 tonnes annually.

As of 2020, Kenya’s production of honey was at 17,801 tonnes, up from 13,877 tonnes the previous year, this is a change of 28.28%.

Speaking during a past apiculture stakeholders’ workshop, State Department for Livestock Production Principal Secretary, Mr Harry Kimtai, expressed concern that new pests and farm pesticides have hit colonies hard.

“We’re collaborating with devolved units to halt the alarming depletion of bee colonies. Bee colony multiplication initiatives include capacity building, beekeeping equipment distribution, and bee bulking,” revealed PS Kimtai.

Despite the potential of honey production and the benefits of apicultural activity, very little income accrues from the activity.

The government in its progress, in the Big Four Agenda on 100% food and nutrition security, is committed to enhancing honey production from 25,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes by the year 2022.

Beekeeping offers an alternative source of livelihood and protects biodiversity and should ideally be established away from human interaction with enough bee forage and all-year-round availability of water to provide favourable conditions for beekeeping.

Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Immaculate Maina, says that, ‘’bees have become increasingly endangered with one million species facing extinction. Thus, beekeeping should be embraced as an alternative environmentally friendly income-earning enterprise.”

‘’We hope that by hosting this event, we will be able to proactively assist in the opening up of our county by giving marketing opportunities and investment prospects in the apiculture industry,” Dr Maina noted.

“We also anticipate important topics discussed during the three-day forum, such as the role of women in the sector as those most affected by climate change, solutions to save our bee species from extinction, and how we can continue to rely on pollinators to save us from the current climate crisis,” she concluded.

Acting CEO of the Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK), Mr Frederick Otieno Odera, says that beekeeping has significant potential in Africa to improve rural incomes and diversify livelihoods.

“We hope the commemoration of the National World Bee Day will showcase new technologies and sustainable measures from across the world in the apiculture industry and provide sustainable solutions to save our bees in the current climate crisis,” said Otieno.

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Governor Kinyanjui drops deputy, picks Kamuren as running mate

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has dropped his Deputy of five years and named a woman running mate ahead of the August 2022 polls.

Kinyanjui, who is gunning for a second and final term in office, dropped Dr Eric Kipkoech in favour of Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren.

He explained that Kamuren, 47, is an accomplished grassroots mobilizer with a strong passion for community development and was picked after wide consultation.

“Äfter long consultations with diverse stakeholders, I have decided to appoint Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren as running mate for my second term bid,” Kinyanjui said.

The nominee holds a Masters’s degree in linguistics from Egerton University and has served in various capacities.

The governor is seeking to defend his seat via the ruling Jubilee party ticket under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

He is however facing stiff competition from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Susan Kihika, who is the current Senator for Nakuru and his appointment is seen as a tactic to woo the women vote.

His announcement comes hours after Kihika unveiled her running mate in a press conference from Nakuru.

Kihika picked David Kones as the man to deputize her after an interview that attracted half a dozen candidates.

The senator, who is a staunch supporter of Deputy President William Ruto was handed a direct ticket.

Nakuru is among the largest counties in Kenya and was recently conferred city status by President Uhuru Kenyatta, making it the fourth city in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Kihika picks Mwalimu Kones as running mate

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Monday after unveiling Kones, Kihika said she will work closely with him in making better the lives of Nakuru residents.

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Nakuru Gubernatorial Candidate on UDA ticket Susan Kihika and her newly unveiled running mate David Kones.PHOTO/COurtesy.

Senator Susan Kihika who is contesting the Nakuru Ubernatorial Seat on UDA party ticket has chosen David Kones as running-mate.

 

Kones emrged the best among 16 persons who had applied for the position of Deputy Governor to be if UDA gets the seat after the August 9th Polls.

 

Addressing journalists in Nakuru on Monday after unveiling Kones, Kihika said she will work closely with him in making better the lives of Nakuru residents.

 

“I hereby present to you David Kones who will be my deputy in the race for the gubernatorial seat as we look forward to emerge winners so that we can transform the lives of the people of Nakuru” said Kihika.

 

Kihika who has been vocal when it comes to matters governance and justice, assured residents of Nakuru that there will be no conflict once in officer between and her deputy but they will work to deliver.

 

Kones, a teacher by profession is also an expert in matter coflict resolution and management besides being a clergy.

 

With theres expertise, Kihika- a lawyer believes she has made the right the choice towards transforming Nakuru county.

 

“Ours is to work together and I believe in him as a qualified person and up to the task ahead of delivering to the people of Nakuru once we are in office” said Kihika.

 

Kones on his part thanked Kihika for having confidence in him to work with the people of Nakuru county.

 

He noted that Nakuru is the best county to live as it is cosmopolitan hence a need to ensure continued cohesion.

 

“ I am grateful to my senator for entrusting me with the leadership. I will not let you down but we will work together under your guidance to better Nakuru” said Kones.

 

The event was also attended by Nakuru leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto among them Woman Rep Liza Chelule, Mps David Gikaria(Nakuru Town East), Samuel Tanui(Kuresoi South as well as UDA Candidate for Nakuru Senatorial seat Tabitha Karanja among others.

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