County government begins countywide vaccination against Foot and Mouth, PPR and Rabies
A vaccination against Foot and Mouth, Paste Petis de Ruminaurs (PPR) and Rabies has been launched across all 517 vaccination centres in Baringo.
CEC for Agriculture Dr Richard Rotich who presided over the exercisein Moigutwo in Bartabwa ward, Baringo North Sub County stated that the exercise will run for a month and is targeting 750,000 goats and Sheep, 100,000 cattle as well as 2,000 dogs, cats, donkeys and camels within the region.
Dr Rotich noted that the vaccination is free of charge and encouraged livestock farmers to turn up in the designated vaccination sites in order to vaccinate their animals against the trans- boundary diseases which in the recent past has led to loss of livestock in the region.
“I am encouraging our farmers to take advantage of the free vaccination so that their animals are vaccinated against foot and mouth, PPR and rabies diseases,” said the CEC for Agriculture.
He said the vaccination will ensure increased animal production and minimize cost incurred in treatment of livestock diseases in case of an outbreak.
County director of veterinary services Dr John Wameyorevealed that the exercise was undertaken as a measure of preventing the spread of livestock diseases to younger animals who were not vaccinated during the last exercise.
|A Vetinary officer during vaccination drive against Foot and Mouth, PPR and rabies in Kimorok, Baringo South Sub County.|
Dr Wameyo who was accompanied by County Chief Officer for Livestock Isaack Ndirangu and County pastoral livelihoods and resilience team leader Laban Labatt stated that prevalence rate of such diseases is high in West Pokot, Turkana, Baringo, Samburu and Laikipia countieshence it is important for the livestock to be vaccinated in order to minimize mortality rate in the North Rift region.
The program under the World Bank is being conducted by county government department of livestock through the regional pastoral livelihood resilience programme in collaboration with the national government.
Coffee Farming in Baringo
Coffee beingKenya’s fourth-leading foreign exchange earner after tourism, tea and horticulture, this makes it a very valuable venture and thrives well in most parts of Rift valley because of its rich volcanic soil.
Coffee production in Baringo County has proved yielding and profitable considering the rich, fertile and the landscape with hillslopes and gentle slopes, which has ensured well-drained and aerated soil, which is favourable for coffee production.
In a bid to upscale its productivity, the county government has put in more efforts in capacity building coffee farmers, more recently, distributing 28,000 coffee seedlings, and pulping machines to farmers, which has in turn increased the area under coffee from 850ha to the current 2,500ha.
The county government has continued supporting the sector by providing coffee seedlings and rehabilitating coffee factories considering that currently, Coffee has a higher pricing index compared to other crops.
More so, in order to curb the in fluctuating market prices and competition, Baringo county government has secured a direct coffee export to South Korea, which has helped farmers to have a ready market and do away with middlemen and brokers who have for so long ripped them off their hard-earned produce.
Last year, Baringo County exported coffee worth 10.6 million shillings to Korea and its target this year is to have over 30 million shillings worth of exportand this can be achieved only if farmers embrace new methods of farming.
Although, coffee farmers face few challenges,through the county department of agriculture, the county government has provided extension officers in every ward to advice farmers on better methods of coffee farming.
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.
CEC’s and CO’s signs performance contract
County Executive Committee Members (CECs) and Chief Officers have signed performance contracts in a bid to improve service delivery.
H.E governor Stanley Kiptis who presided the function for CEC’s at Kabarnet lauded the process saying that it will enable county government manage its operations in a systematic manner.
“The performance contracts is crucial because it will enable us achieve our goals and targets in our quest to transform the livelihoods of our people,” he said.
Governor Kiptis said his administration has developed a county integrated development plan (CIDP) to be fully implemented within the next five years to the various departments implement the targeted activities as per the annual development plan.
The county boss added that the performance contact will improve budgeting process since the county budget will be approved within the stipulated timeframes.
The same is also set to be extended down to other employees in all cadres for them to be aligned to the performance targets that have been set.
The process will also help county leadership track down its performance indicators and ensure the public are at all times getting the services they are seeking.
|H.E governor Stanley Kiptis presiding over the signing of performance contracts for CEC’s at Kabarnet.|
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.
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