The Department of Agriculture received 20 wash tanks each carrying 500litres from One Acre Fund in a bid to promote hand washing which is one of the key basic hygiene measures during this time of the Covid -19 pandemic
While receiving the tanks, the Chief Officer Agriculture, Dr. Omanga thanked the One Acre Fund for their generous donations led by Mr. David Owino and Lavender Mukhanzi from the Government Liaison department.
He also commended them for the support they have continued to relay to the small holder farmers across the county through financial support to improve food security and economic empowerment.
Dr. Omanga reiterated that their services will still come handy even as the department is currently working on a post flood food security strategy, now that flood victims are gradually getting back to their homes.
On this regard, department is set to provide the people with fast maturing African leafy vegetables seeds for food and for sale.
One Acre Fund is an agricultural service provider with its branch in Kisumu for the past 8years.They currently work with 13, 420 registered small holder farmers across the county to improve livelihoods on food security.
They also provide farm inputs to farmers through loaning which is payable within one year. The inputs totals to Ksh. 134,926,092 these include maize seeds, fertilizers for planting and top dressing, sorghum, pulses, onions, assortment of vegetables and poultry.
Sand harvesting and murram excavation has today been banned in Kanyakwar, along the roads, electricity poles and pipelines as Sand harvesters will now be required to secure licenses and operate within the designated areas sited by the environmental sub –committee.
In addition, sand transporters will be required to apply for temporary or annual permit to operate and companies will register with County department of environment.
While briefing the media on the resolutions made during the meeting, Mr. Tom Togo the Director NEMA who is also the secretary of the sub – committee, put on notice those who will be found violating the regulations that they will suffer a penalty ranging from Ksh 1- 4 million fine, or up to one-year sentence or both.
This was resolved in a meeting held on Wednesday this week, chaired by the CEC for Environment, water and Natural Resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba, the sub- committee members came up with resolutions that will regulate sand harvesting exercise following the notice served to the harvesters before the ban.
The county environmental sub- committee under the umbrella of Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 2015, is an inter- multi agency that has embarked on reducing environmental degradation due to rampant sand harvesting and murram excavation.
The Committee which was inaugurated last year by the Governor comprises of County departments of Environment, Agriculture, Housing and physical planning, National Government agencies including the County Commissioner, Kenya Marine, Water resource committee, Kenya Forest, Nema, among others.
He was flanked by the County Chief Officer Environment, Maryline Agwa, Chief Officer Lands Housing and Physical Planning Mr. George Ochieng, Director Conservation and Stewardship Mr. Ken Koyoo, Assistant County Commissioner Rose Nyakwara among other county environment officers.
740 traders who previously occupied the streets of Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground, Oginga Odinga, Ang’awa, Lower and Upper Ojino Okew have a reason to smile after being relocated to a newly constructed state of the art market, situated behind Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.
The structure is a component of the non- motorized transport project which cost 37 million, equipped with essential facilities such as water, reticulation, electricity, security and sanitation to enhance trading hours.
While commissioning the market, Governor Nyong’o stated that the infrastructure will ensure that the residents consume healthy living in clean environments which is in line with his manifesto.
Cognizant of the key role played by traders in building the economy, he further reiterated that the initiative will go along way in enabling sustainable restructuring of revenue streams and also expose the traders to access trade funds from financial institutions and government. Sentiments echoed by his Deputy Dr Owili and the County Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro.
He also outlined other development works in the pipeline such as completion of Uhuru market that will accommodate 7,000 more traders who were moved out of the CBD construction of span roads in Kondele, Manyatta and the national road to be done by KENHA connecting Mamboleo to Muhoroni,Putting up affordable housing in Kaloleni, injecting 13 million in solar power that would reduce electricity bills and modernizing of the Moi stadium.
The Governor thanked the development partners for their financial and technical support in the realization of the vision namely the World Bank, National government through the state department of urban Development, ITDP. He also thanked the traders who patiently endured the inconveniences of having to give way during the project construction period.
He was accompanied by a host of MCAs, CECs, City Manager, City board members among other dignitaries. Also present were traders in the CBD.
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County Department of Agriculture has put in place strategies to raise productivity in food production that would not only ensure food security, but also potentially alleviate poverty among households amid the floods and corona-virus pandemic.
As a result of the impact of floods, farming has been concentrated on the hilly areas such as Maseno, Nyahera and parts of Muhoroni where 830 bags each 2kgs of maize seeds, 1,500 bags of top dressing fertilizer and fall army worm pesticides have been distributed to farmers to boost production.
222 dairy goats were recently distributed to farmers across the 7 sub counties in Kisumu to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in the wake of floods and Covid -19 pandemic.
In promoting horticulture, South East Nyakach has received 6,400 mango seedlings, 6,600 avocado seedlings and a variety of indigenous vegetables.
Further, 1,500 coffee seedlings of Batiang and Robusta varieties have also been distributed in South East Nyakach, another batch of 2,600 coffee seedlings of Arabica variety has been distributed in Kajulu, Seme and Kisum west courtesy of Agriculture Food Authority ( AFA).
So far 12 tons of conventional cotton, 380kgs of non- Bt hybrid and 140 kgs of Bt hybrid seeds have been distributed to the cooperatives within the county awaiting planting come January in the 1,000 acres slotted for cotton production.
Currently, about 560 bags of rice seeds each weighing 3kgs and fertilizers have been purchased and kept in stores awaiting distribution to the farmers come the month of June to revive rice farming in the flood affected areas after it subsides.
The aim is to build resilience of farmers against the effects of climate change and increase productivity in the targeted small holder farming envisaging transitioning of the County from a net importer to food sufficiency for local consumption and the export market.
This is expected to be achieved by expanding the knowledge and skills of farmers to transform agriculture from a low income, low efficiency and low technology sector to a vibrant modern sector supporting value addition through scientific and technological innovation, improved extension services and credit provision to transform agriculture from the old man’s job to a career of choice.
Relief supplies worth 3.5 million was yesterday dispatched to 2,800 households at the evacuation centers in Nyando, Nyakach and Muhoroni.
While flagging off the supplies at the prosperity house, the Governor acknowledged the support received from well wishers that has made the county to serve a total of 8,276 households in the recent past.
The supplies included: rice, ugali flour, wheat flour, cooking oil,milk, uji flour, sugar, tea leaves, water guard, cabbages, potatoes, blankets and mosquito nets. The food items are meant to serve them for the next four days.
Noting with concern the great impact of destruction caused by the floods and the economic hardship resulting from Covid 19, Governor Nyong’o said that KECOSOC is currently working on a recovery strategy that will outline a road map on executing resilience and economic plan.
During the distribution of food items at Obiayo evacuation center in Ombeyi ward, the Governor assured the evacuees on the plans in place to open up river Nyando and that he has talked to national government to construct Soin dam that will be a lasting solution in mitigating floods in Nyando.
Concerning the back-flow of the Lake Victoria, he reiterated that it is the responsibility of the three presidents in East Africa:Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
He further stated that the concerned presidents can reach amicable solution with the advice from Dr. Matano, the Managing Director of Lake Basin Commission.
The Governor commended the members of the fourth estate for joining hands in highlighting the plight of humanity during the difficult times.
In Muhoroni sub county, the supplies were distributed among four centers namely: Achuodho Obiayo, Lailai and Kibigori
The Governor was flunked by his Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili, a host of CECs, Directorate of Special Programs led by Ruth Odinga, MCAs, Sub county Administrators, Ward Administrators, CSOs, the Media among other dignitaries.
Governor Nyong’o today officially launched the Covid – 19 communication centre with a toll free number 0800 720 575 at the Maseno University plaza.
It is the very first Covid-19 Call Centre set up and managed by a devolved government and the second after the National Call Centre in Nairobi, set up by the County in partnership with Maseno university and Pharm Access
While giving his speech during the event, the Governor stated that the communication Centre will not only be a channel for relaying to the public real time information on the pandemic status in the County, information on prevention and clinical strategies but will also be key in linking the public with the health surveillance teams to enhance contact tracing which is key in minimizing community infections.
The Centre will also be significant in monitoring the pandemic trends and the management operations deployed; public perceptions, beliefs and misconceptions in consultation with the public health officers to determine how to address them and provide psychosocial support to distressed callers.
The Governor reiterated that since the breakout of the pandemic in the country, 100 samples from 152 suspected cases have been tested with all returning negative results.
82 of the tested being males and 18 females. 34 of the tests were conducted from cases from our Isolation centres and 66 from the quarantine facilities
He equated the zero situation in the county to hard work that should not and has not resulted in complacency and emphasized on continued aggression into preventive activities including awareness resulting into positive behaviour of safe social distancing, hand washing, wearing of face masks and staying at home.
“Our primary goal as a government is to prevent the emergence and transmission of the COVID-19 within the county” said the Governor.
Professor Julius Nyabundi on his part, thanked the Governor for choosing Maseno University to be the call canter and that they look forward to be part of the control and management of covid 19 by keeping it away and not lock it up.
He called on the government to consider the sustainability of the centre after the pandemic to facilitate the locals on knowledge and facilitation on health services awareness creation.
He called on the members of County Assembly to put politics a side and support the Governor in mitigating the disease that is affecting the people who elected them to be served by them.
Maseno University has volunteered medical students of 5th and 6th years of study to work in the call center.
Madam Natalie of Pharm Access foundation said they are grateful to be associated with the initiative that will benefit residents of Kisumu County.
Pharm Access has also partnered with the county on a number of services including M- tiba bulk SMS platform, IEC materials, free transport for mothers who want to access health services during curfew among others.
The Speaker of the Assembly Hon. Elisha Oraro said the assembly is coming up with regulations to manage the pandemic in a week’s time. Currently they are still collecting views from the public since it is a collective responsibility.
The Governor also received 1,500 washable face masks and 1,058 hand sanitizers from KMET and 135,000 litters of hand sanitizers from Kenya breweried limited.
Also present during the event were: CEC Cooperatives and Marketing Professor Judith Attyang’, CEC Energy and Industrialisation Mr Nerry Achar, Dean of school of Medicine Maseno University, Professor Ogendo, Dr George Rae, Majority leader of the County Assembly, MCA Millimani market, Hon.Seth Kanga, MCA Railways Ward Hon. David Arao among other dignitaries.
Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o this morning received 30 beds donation from the Abysinia Iron and Steel Company limited at the Lumumba Hospital in Kisumu.
The Governor while giving his remarks, thanked the donors for their generous act of offering beds and free oxygen, saying it came at a critical time when the County is making preparations for any eventuality of Covid 19 spread and also a time when an appeal for support towards management of the pandemic through the County Covid 19 Support is being spearheaded by Kisumu County Social and Economic Council (KECOSO.)
He reiterated that Plans are on course to make Lumumba Hospital a 70 bed capacity quarantine Centre, in addition to the 128 at KMTC and 200 at KCRH.
Currently, five bed holding capacity centers have been set up at the county hospitals namely: Ahero, Kombewa, Pap Onditi, Chulaimbo and Muhoroni.
The JOOTRH Intensive care Unit (ICU) is also undergoing expansion by 16 bed capacity from the current 13 beds. It is intended to have a 29 bed capacity at completion although the acquisition of ventilators is a challenge.
“So far we have had 50 tests done in Kisumu, 18 from the isolation centers and 32 from quarantine centers which have turned negative” Governor reported.
He further stated that surveillance has been intensified with screening at the borders not letting anything to chance. The Sunset Hotel has also been set up to accommodate health workers who will be handling emergent cases to reduce exposure to their family members and Victoria Hospital as an isolation center for the health workers.
The Governor also took a swipe at politicians who want to use such critical situation for selfish interests to desist from confusing the public.
The Governor was flunked by his Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili who called on to business community and well-wishers to donate toward cushioning the vulnerable in the community. He also appealed to residents of Kisumu to adhere to the basic hygiene measures of keeping social distance, wearing masks in public places and washing or sanitizing hands regularly.
Also present were: City manager Dr. Doris Ombara, Chief Officer Public Health Mr. Joseph Okweso, Mr. Patel from Abysinia company ltd., Director Public Health Mr. Fred Oluoch, Lumumba Hospital Superintendent Dr. Obiero among other top county officials