Baringo County government has signed an MOU with Slovakia government to support Macadamia farmers in a two year programme that will see farmers supplied with 50,000 macadamia seedlings at subsidized prices.
Speaking after signing the partnership, Baringo County Governor H.E Stanley Kiptis while appreciating them said his focus is to make Macadamia farming as a source of livelihood because it a high value nut.
H.E Kiptis announced that through Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, Slovakian government has secured a ready market for macadamia nuts in European Countries.
“In the First Phase, there are already 20,000 seedlings that will be distributed from tomorrow in various parts of the County, while the phase 2 will see more that 30,000 seedlings distributed to the already registered farmers under this programme spearheaded by my administration,” he explained.
According to Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Baringo County Branch, Elisha Kiplagat who represented the Slovakia government, they are going to work closely Cooperative societies since it provides a link between them with government and development partners who are willing to support in the sectors they intend to promote.
The seedlings will be distributed through the existing active Cooperative societies adding that the number of farmers who have registered for the seedlings are more than the number for phase one.
Baringo County department of disaster and risk management has asked residents living in areas prone to landslides or floods to move to safer grounds to avoid lose of lives, displacements and damages.
Today a joint assesment team from the department and Redcross Society of Kenya visited various parts of the County affected by floods in Ilchamus and Emining Wards to establish the extent of the situation and pledged to assist the affected families.
Deputy Governor H.E Jacob Chepkwony advised residents ensure they regularly check on their neighbours, relatives and other members of the community to ensure they are safe.
"Let us exercise caution by moving to higher grounds or safe areas particularly those living along the lower part of Ilchamus Ward in Baringo South, Mogotio and Emining Wards in Mogotio and its sorrounding as well as those living along the Kerio river belt to avert foreseen and unforeseen flash floods," Chepkwony warned.
Emining Ward MCA Paul Kibarar said more than 50 households living in Kures, Chepchomus, Kapcheluguny and Emining Centre have been marooned by the flash floods.
He appealled to the government to come to the rescue of the poor families by providing alternative shelter, food, clean water, mosquito nets and other basic needs.
The department of disaster advises residents to contact area Chief or Ward Administrator in case of any incidents.
Nine ASAL counties trained on resilience and livelihoods programmes
Baringo Countybecame the host to eight Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) countieswhose officials were being trainedon best practices and practical approaches of building community resilience.
The officials mainly from Baringo, Wajir, Tana River, Marsabit, Samburu, Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana and Garissa counties underwent a four day workshop at Soy safari lodge in Marigat town where theywere taken through the roles and contribution of the county specific sustainable food systems strategies in both county and national development agenda through their County integrated development plans (CIDPs), sustainable development goals (SDGs), Big for agenda and Kenya’s vision 2030.
According to Prof Bancy Mati, an expert on land and water management, food systems in counties have been threatened by pressure on land and natural resources due to increasing climate change hence it has come a time when targeted communities need to create and utilize productive climate assets in order to improve access to innovate risk management and financing tools.
Prof Mati who is also a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)urged the participants to share their experiences and lessons on practical approaches for implanting prioritized county food systems.
|Deputy governor H.E Jacob Chepkwony addressing officials from nine ASAL Counties during a training on resilience and livelihoods programmes.|
Baringo deputy governor Jacob Chepkwony who officially opened the workshop lauded the programme saying that it will build synergy amongst the affected counties as well as creating a thought ways of addressing food security in a structured livelihood.
“We want to make our communities to appreciate themselves by finding the need to address lasting solutionto hunger in our respective regions,” said Chepkwony.
The Deputy governorencouraged farmers to move from the 19th century ways of farming and embrace modern technologies in order to realize sustainable productivity.
At the same time he challenged officials undertaking resilience programmes in the region to always provide quarterly reports on hunger situation to assist both the national and county governments as well as the financial partners have a status of the programme.
400 Girls undergo Alternative rite of Passage
More than 400 girls from Baringo underwent an alternative rite of passage other than the outlawed female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriages.
The girls between ages of nine to 16 years from Mochongoi, Kisanana, Ilchamus and Mukutani wards graduated at Sandai African Inland Church grounds in Baringo South Sub County after a week of training and sensitization.
County first lady Ivy Kiptis noted that the retrogressive practice which is still practiced by some of the communities in the region has claimed several lives of brilliant minds of hard working girls in the society.
Mrs Kiptis stated that the alternative rite of passage will be initiated every year in order to instill good morals and guide the girls not to participate in engagements that promote early marriages.
“I am determined to ensure cases of early marriages and FGM comes to an end in Baringo County so that our girls get enough time to concentrate in their education,” she assured.
County first lady Mrs Ivy Kiptis (in blue and yellow) with Isiolo first lady Wato Kuti joins the initiates in a song and dance during their alternative rite of passage graduation ceremony at Sandai African Inland Church grounds in Baringo South Sub County
The County first lady urged the girls to observe what they have learnt during the entire training period in order to make the fight against FGM and early marriage a success in the vast county.
Trans Nzoia first lady Lydia Khaemba who also joined Baringo first lady during the occasion urged fathers from pastoral communities to be in the forefront in advocating for Anti-FGM and early marriage.
Mrs Khaemba said young girls are talented people who need protection from both parents because they will bring success to their families in the future.
Isiolo First lady Wato Kuti suggested that circumcisers should also be educated on the disadvantages of FGM to prevent them from engaging in the dangerous cut that can injure young females.
Mrs Kuti who was accompanied by her Nakuru Counterpart Elizabeth Kinyanjui called on circumcisers to surrender themselves and do way with the tools they were using in order to be considered in other productive income generating activities in their respective counties.
At the same time she urged assistant chiefs and chiefs to apprehend FGM and early pregnancies perpetrators so that they can be charged in the courts.
Rev Jane Bitok, one of the trainers revealed that the girls while in camp apart from being trained about the harmful traditional practices also were taken through reproductive health and hygiene, how to handle relationships, good morals and ethics, HIV and AIDS scourge, adolescence and body changes as well as learning biblical teachings.
Rev Bitok said their main aim is to empower the girls to learn the negative effects of some retrogressive practices which will guide them not to for fall prey to circumstance that can make them become mothers before their right ages.
Others leaders present during the graduation ceremony were director of National irrigations board Grace Kiptui and Rose Kamuren, the wife of Baringo South Member of Parliament.
The program is initiated by the office of the first lady Baringo County in collaboration with other societies and organizations such as USAID, World Vision and “Irip Gaa” a community based organization.
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