Baringocountygovernmentdisburses Khs24 Million Bursary
Baringo county government disbursed bursary cheque worth Sh24 Million for University and Tertiary students
Baringo County Governor H.E Stanley Kiptis presided over the disbursement of Ksh24,239,333 bursary funds which is set to benefit 1908 vocational & tertiary where by each student gets Ksh.30,000 and 723 university students selected competitively across the county.
H.E Kiptis stated that the funds will go a long way in helping students from needy backgrounds access quality education and complete their studies without any hindrance.
The governor added that skilled manpower is important in the current world and that youth should enroll in the vocational and tertiary collages in order to attain the skills required, as white color jobs are limited in the market. “I urge the youth of this county to utilize the resources we have to enroll in the technical and vocational collages so as to achieve the skills required in the market.” Said Kiptis.
The County Boss, accompanied by his Deputy H.E Jacob Chepkwony and County leaders promised that in the near future, his administration will upscale the kitty from the current Ksh60 million to more Ksh100 million to accommodate more beneficiaries.
H.E Governor Stanley Kiptis presenting a dummy cheque worth Ksh24 million for university and tertiary students.
“I want to urge Ward level committees to consider total and partial orphans and those with disabilities so that we greatly assist them,’’ he directed.
CEC for Education, Sports, Gender, Culture and Social services Clement Lomaringoria encouraged the youth to enroll in technical institutions since the government finances 60 percent of their tuition fees while HELB supplements the rest which includes a stipend in order to achieve technical skills which are highly useful in today’s job market.
County Government enhances efforts to promote Agricultural Extension Services
In an effort to increase livestock production, considering that 86% of our farmers depend on livestock production thus Baringo county government has partnered with constitution and reforms education consortium (CRECO) and centre For Enhancing Democracy, Good Governance (CEDGG) with support from Deepening Democracy program (DDP) to strengthen the local farmer groups to effectively engage with the county government in provision of livestock extension services.
CEC for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Thomas Ole Nongonop presenting a certificate to one of the farmers groups after attending a workshop on Agricultural extension services.
The initiative conducted one month long farmers’ sensitization meetings and trainings to capacity build farmers in 14 selected Ward on various ways of developing their livestock farms and more so on proper ways of engaging the county government to articulate their priority needs.
During County public participation forums on budgeting, livestock farmer’s issues rarely get to be addressed through allocation of resources that is why CRECO and DDP organized the farmers to champion for their welfare in budget making processes.
The organizations were able, after the conducting 86 workshops and trainings that reached 7,310 farmers, to come up withWardLivestock Oversight Committee (LOC’S) formed by the farmers.
CEDGG Programs Officer Evans Kibet said they are also conducting social audit on County livestock projects so that the findings and recommendations can be utilized by the Livestock Oversight Committee (LOC) and government agencies.
Kibet believe that since farmers play an integral component in the sector, they must be involved in decision making on the kind of development projects that will create a positive impact on their farming activities.
CEC Devolution, Scola Kimeliapplauded the partners for their great commitment to improving livestock production by offering extension services to the farmers.
“I understand the challenges that farmers face during dry seasons and the county government has put in place mitigation strategies to address such emerging challenges particularly up scaling water provision by drilling boreholes, water pans and creating pasture fields,’’ said Scola Kimeli.
On his part,CEC Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Thomas Nong’onop vowed to implement the recommendations put forward by the stakeholders so as to improve livestock production and build resilience among communities.
He commended the CRECO, CEDGG, DDP and LOCs for the initiative saying it will enhance extension services that the government has been implementing. He challenged them to extend more information and knowledge gained to other livestock farmers.
Moving forward, the county government is committed to facilitate civic education and public participation and increasing the number of extension officers to fully disseminate agricultural extension information and advisory services.
Community farming groups trained on climate smart agriculture
In order to increase agricultural productivity, build resilience to climate change risk and mitigate effects of greenhouse gases emissions (GHS) from key and micro sources, Baringo County government in partnership with World Bank is implementing a Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Programme(KCSAP).
The five-year program fully funded by World Bank seeks to address challenges arising from global warming faced by communities particularly farmers.
The project dubbed Kenya Adaptation to Climate Change in ASALs which costs Kshs 152million and targeting 300 community formed groups that have a common interest.
According to the Coordinator of the project in Baringo County Bett, they are currently training farmers drawn from 24 zones of the six Wards; -Tenges, Mogotio, Koibatek, Kapropita, Emining and Lembus Perkerra that have been selected to pilot the project.
Bett explains that the project targets to exploit three value chains; Dairy, Poultry and selected orphan crops.
Community registered groups of 20-30 farmers will be formed which can be an existing group or newly formed as well as a strengthened one to generate proposals that will concentrate on either dairy farming, indigenous chicken rearing, growing green grams or sorghum.
Their proposals from the groups will be received and vetted by a 13 member County Community Integrated Action Plan Committeethat will be formed by the community at Ward level through a participatory process where it will comprise of four farmers that represent the four value chain sectors, one member representing the vulnerable i.e. PWDs, minority and marginalized communities and two persons from each zone,
Because it is a community driven project, they are now training farmers to be able to generate Community Integrated Action Plan (CIAP) that will focus on actionable interventions on climate change adaption.
The Coordinator said they are carrying out intervention on water and soil management, rangeland rehabilitation, access to quality livestock service, value addition and post harvest management implemented by producer organizations,
County Agricultural Statistic Officer Walter Kiplagat while training some of the farmer representatives in Koibatek Agricultural Farmers Training Centre observed that unlike the past projects implemented by development partners, they are training farmers on utilizing technology to enhance efficiency and increase productivity to minimize cost of production.
There three funding windows of the project; the community groups where they receive a grant of between Kshs 300,000 upto one million but are required to contribute 10% of the total grant awarded to the interest group. Besides, Persons living with disabilities, marginalized communities and special groups will be exempted from the 10%.
Second window focuses on supporting sub projects that can either be generated at Sub County or county level.
It must be a priority project generated through public participation like drilling of boreholes, water harvesting structures, AI services, vaccination of livestock, construction of roads that spur economic impact among many other projects. This can attract a grant of between Kshs 20million upto 50million. The departments may also identify a project from the CIDP. This also requires County government to contribute 20% of the total grant awarded.
The final window is private-public partnership where the development partner will support private entities that grow and promote the value chain. These are firms or producer organizations that bridge the gap between them and the farmers particularly on provision of marketing services.
“The last window which concentrates on private-public partnershiprequires farmers to contribute 50 percent of these funds for the development,” explained the Statistical Officer.
He also encouraged farmers on the adoption of green energy sources especially solar, biogas, windmill and geothermal power which helps reduce effects of global warming.
Validation process of the priority projects are currently ongoing to establish the interest areas forwarded by farmers for action plan.
UNESCO Geoparks Committee in Baringo to map Geopark sites and features
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization National committee is in Baringo County to map all the sites and features that have been earmarked to the UNESCO Geoparks list.
The committee led by Dr. Emma Mbua visited Simot falls in Ossen, Releng hot springs in Saimo Kipsaraman ward, stone frog in Bartabwa, Kipsaraman museum and Ngenyin fossil site inBaringo North, Kipngochoch God’s window, Moroptarambas conservancy and Tenges quarry in Baringo Central and Paka hills and Lomechan Cave in Tiaty sub county.
The team leader Dr. Mbua said they are in the county for ten days to document the various features found in Baringo and update in their UNESCO geoparks database.
According to William Kimosop, the chief warden, Baringo is endowed with a wide range of features that if tapped well can generate income which will in turn improve the counties coffers and trickle back to wananchi inform of projects and other services.
“We are lucky as county to have such a terrain, nice caves, hot springs, wide variety of bird species, unique species of giraffes among many other features that if well marketed and tapped will bring fame and money to our great county,” said Kimosop.
Baringo County Director of Tourism Evans Kipturko welcomed the decision by UNESCO to include Baringo as a Geopark adding that it shall place Baringo in the global map thus increasing the opportunity of Baringo gaining popularity and recording an influx in the number of tourists and education researchers visiting the county.
Other members of the committee include Dr. artero who is the head of science division, Wanjogu a geologist from the ministry of mining, Dr. George Eshimwate, Dr. Olago from a geologist from Nairobi University, and William Kimosop North rift Chief warden.
The team will tomorrow continue with their visits to the lower parts of Baringo South among them Ruko Conservancy, Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria.
Launching of Baringo County Geographical Information System (GIS)Lab
Baringo becomes the first County in Kenya to install and operationalize a fully equipped modern Geographical Information System (GIS) lab at the County headquarters.
While officiating the launch of the facility which was made possible through support fromFood and Agriculture Programme (FAO) and European Union (EU),Baringo County GovernorH.E Stanley Kiptis said that thiswas a strategic investment which will help his administration in land adjudications, planning and mapping the entire county, formulation of land policies and digitization of land registry.
Governor Kiptis applauded FAO and EU for their continuous support especially on issues that enhance effective service delivery since that has always been his passion.
The organizations will also partner with county government to train more personnel on the utilization of GIS facilities as well as sensitize the community on its importance.
EU and World Bank are also key partners in the implementation of livestock and water provision programmes i.e. boreholes, pasture production and construction of Maoi slaughter house and Mogotio Tannery.
FAO Representative in Kenya Dr.Gabriel Rugalema commended Baringo County Government for creating the necessary environment that enabled them being facilitated to establish the GIS lab including employing and training the required personnel and providing a secure office space.
Dr. Rugalema explained that the establishment of the facility will assist County government departments collect geospatial information which will aid in critical decision making on planning,revenue collection and allocations, management of natural resources and create a database for any other pertinent information.
“This is in line with national government’s big FOUR agenda and also in realization of Vision 2030”, He added.
European Union Representative in Kenya David Mwangi said that GIS is not only about lands but will also help in various activities, including spatial plans, CIDP, infrastructure, Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDP),education ,health among other departments of the county.
He urged County governments to set aside land banking for investment as well as set aside county digital resource centresthat will help youth and women access land and land information for investments.
Other Counties set to establish such labs include Nandi,West Pokot,Laikipia,Vihiga, Marsabit and Samburu
CEC in charge of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Elijah Koros expressed his happiness over realization of the GIS Lab saying that it will contribute immensely on mapping of County resources particularly road networks, watersupply structures, digitalization of land registry andcompleting theongoing integrated Urban Development plan (IUDP) of Kabarnet Municipality.
“Our target is to fully go digital as a department to create effective service delivery and efficiency in accessing information by our clients. Currently geospatial information is more accessible and we are planning to carry out sensitization of the general public on the importance of the GIS system” Kipkoros explained.
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