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Sh20 million Banita livestock market to be opened next month

The 2020 auction was cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic threat but was reopened on Saturday ahead of the commissioning.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui laying the foundation stone on February 27, 2019. Photo/CGN

The Sh20 million modern livestock market at Banita in Soin, Rongai sub-County is ready for an official opening in the coming days.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui laid the foundation stone on February 27, 2019.

Once complete, the facility will have an office block, pavilion, animal paddocks, washrooms and sheds.

Nakuru County Trade minister Raymond Komen said the market is in the last phase of completion and will boost livestock farming and trade in the region.

The inaugural Banita Easter Goat Auction, conducted in April 2018, fetched farmers Sh6 million in a record 37 minutes.

A mature goat or sheep was retailing at Sh10,000, up from Sh4,000 in other market days and elsewhere.

The 2019 auction was cancelled due to an outbreak of anthrax and foot and mouth diseases in neighbouring counties.

The 2020 auction was cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic threat but was reopened on Saturday ahead of the commissioning.

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Vehicle dealer Isuzu opens new outlet in Naivasha

Recently the National Government started the campaign to encourage local assembly of vehicles creating numerous jobs for young people.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Ms Njenga during the official opening of the new Isuzu outlet in Nakuru.PHOTO/NGPU

Vehicle dealer Isuzu has opened its new outlet in the first growing Naivasha town.

Speaking during the official opening of the new outlet-Njewa Automobile,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the move is a plus to Nakuru in terms of investment.

He added that his administration will continue to do all it can to accelerate growth.

“We have a great plan for Naivasha in terms of hospitality, industry and infrastructure improvement to accelerate growth” said Kinyanjui.

He lauded I Mrs. Judy Njenga for the Kshs 50million service centre citing  that it is evidence of investment opportunities in Naivasha and the larger Nakuru County.

While noting that Mrs Njenga was in 2019 named the Best Farmer in Kenya, Kinyanjui said he has no doubt Isuzu Njewa will achieve great milestone terming Ms Njenga a role model for women entrepreneurs.

Despite Ms Njenga’s husband passing away last year, the family has carried on his vision to complete and launch the Njewa Automobile.

“Nakuru is home to Isuzu and for a long time most lorries had the slogan “Another one from Samcon”.My administration will continue to support and provide conducive environment for businesses to set up shop in Nakuru and thrive” said Kinyanjui.

Recently the National Government started the campaign to encourage local assembly of vehicles creating numerous jobs for young people.

Kinyanjui also called on vehicle dealers and companies like Isuzu to think of ways of expanding the sector to manufacturing some of the vehicle parts locally.

The event was also attended by Isuzu Director Aftersales Julius Mwangi, CECs Mr Raymond Komen(Trade and Tourism), Dr. Immaculate Maina(Agriculture) and other County officials.

 

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Boost to farmers in Nakuru,Baringo as Yara East Africa steps in with training

Senior Commercial Manager at Yara East Africa Mr.Vitalis Wafula stated that as an organization they will continue to ensure farmers’ capacity towards production hence such training.

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Senior Commercial Manager at Yara East Africa Mr.Vitalis Wafula addressing media in Nakuru on Feb 26, 2021 during a training forum for farmers from Nakuru and Baringo counties.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Farmers in food basket counties such as Nakuru have a reason to smile after Yara East Africa -an agricultural organization stepped in to train farmers on how to improve production.

The company has commenced several training sessions for farmers on crop nutrition solutions and precision farming offerings to allow farmers to increase yields and improve product quality while reducing environmental impact.

Cecilia Tobon, a farmer from Nessuit in Njoro Sub county of Nakuru and a beneficiary of Yara training, is grateful that she has seen improved production in her farming activities.

Ms Cecilia said with improved yields, her livelihood has been transformed tremendously adding that she does not feel the pain of production unlike before.

“The training on the right fertilizers has been of great help boosting my production. At the moment I feel the fruits of my farming and even my life is transformed” she said.

For Josephat Ngacha Kariuki-a farmer of wheat, maize and barley from Njoro for the last 25 years, since introduction to Yara fertilizers (Yara Powr and Yara Boost) there has been an improved yield.

His appeal to the farmers to try and make good use of the training by Yara Company to help boost their production.

“I have been a farmer for many years but since the training and the introduction of Yara fertilizers I have seen the change. I can say as a farmer I am a proud person as the improved production also means extra coins in my pocket” said Kariuki.

And with the less government’s extension officers to offer guidance to farmers at grassroot level, some of the farmers who have gone through the training are now offering support to their fellow farmers.

Michael Wachira is one such farmer who after receiving training has been engaging farmers at grassroot level to help them earn from their production.

Addressing the media in Nakuru on Friday during one of the training forums for farmers from Nakuru and Baringo counties, Wachira admits that farmers at grassroot level have had numerous challenges.

Wachira appealed to both county and National governments to move with speed and facilitate farmers with capital as well as ensure a reliable market for their produce.

“The government should also join partners to address challenges facing farmers at grassroot such as lack of capital and market. Let the government ensure subsidy on farming inputs” said Wachira.

Senior Commercial Manager at Yara East Africa Mr.Vitalis Wafula stated that as an organization they will continue to ensure farmers’ capacity towards production hence such training.

Wafula attributed the low production among farmers to use of the wrong farm inputs as well as the continued shrinking of land for production.

“We are here today in Nakuru for purposes of enhancing the capacity of farmers to produce better. There is an increasing need to help the farmers improve production through soil testing as well as mapping” said Wafula.

 

 

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Healthcare boost as County upgrades Elburgon hospital

Construction of a modern Sh40 million 150-bed capacity maternity wing at the hospital is over 90 per cent done.

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An artistic impression of the upcoming maternity wing at the Elburgon Level 4 Hospital

The County is upgrading the Elburgon Level 4 Hospital in Molo sub-County to offer quality and affordable healthcare services.

The upgrade is also meant to lessen workload at the Nakuru Level 5, Njoro and Molo sub-County hospitals.

This is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto to provide quality healthcare to all Nakuru County residents.

Construction of a modern Sh40 million 150-bed capacity maternity wing at the hospital is over 90 per cent done.

The County has also replaced the over 20 years old leaking roofing tiles and asbestos with corrugated iron sheets.

Last year, the County equipped and staffed a theatre in the hospital and has since performed several surgeries.

The hospital has also received a Sh2.5 million laundry machine to help improve the hospital’s hygiene in the admission wards.

And today, Minister for Health Dr Gichuki Kariuki said the hospital will soon start optical/eye care services.

He was speaking today during a community dialogue to help get customer feedback for the improvement of services.

Ms Leah Wambui, a Community Health Volunteer in Matweku Community Unit appreciated the County’s efforts.

Chief Officer for Public Health Services, Mr Samuel King’ori said the County has invested Sh1 billion towards health infrastructural upgrade.

This week, the County distributed medicines and other items valued at Sh100 million to all hospitals in Nakuru County.

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