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Nakuru’s Agrico PSA eyes KFC potato supply deal

The certified Markies variety seeds are available for sale at the company all year round, to facilitate the farmers grow the variety for off-takers all year round.

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A potato seed multiplication company in Nakuru County is ready to work with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to bridge the premium quality potato deficit in the country.

Agrico Potato Services Africa imports over 250 tons of high-quality potato seeds from the Netherlands annually, which are multiplied on its 110 hectares farm near Kabarak.

KFC, on Monday, announced to its customers that they can not serve them their favourite fried chips due to a hitch in the global supply of potatoes.

The fast-food restaurant chain’s chief executive for East Africa, Jacques Theunissen said the company will allow local suppliers who meet its stringent standards.

Currently, Agrico PSA does not supply KFC in Kenya with potatoes, nor grow seeds for export to other countries to produce for KFC.

“We grow the Markies, which is a great variety for making chips and is in high demand with fast-food chains locally and internationally,” said Corien Herweijer, the Business Development Manager.

The company specializes in the production of certified potato seed, targeting Kenyan farmers to grow the potato varieties that are in demand by the market.

Other varieties under propagation are; Ambition, Arizona, Arnova, Carolus, Destiny, Faluka, Kuroda, Manitou, Rudolph, Saviola, Toluca and Zafira.

According to the Business Development Manager, the company not only supplies high-quality potato seeds, but also provides knowledge transfer and practical training.

“We offer farmers training on good agronomical practices and connection to other input providers to support the development of the entire value chain,” she noted.

The certified Markies variety seeds are available for sale at the company all year round, to facilitate the farmers grow the variety for off-takers all year round.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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