County Directorate of Fisheries yesterday organized a meeting with the chairpersons of the Beach Management Units (BMUs) across the county to chart the partnership approach towards the sustainable use of the Lake Victoria for economic gain.
The meeting held at the ABDP Conference Hall opposite Fisheries offices along pipeline road, brought on board key stakeholders who included the Kenya Fisheries Services, KMFRI, and Kenya Coast Guard services.
The deliberations focused on the roles of the stakeholders, the status of the beach management units , the challenges and the way forward.
While addressing the chairpersons of the BMUs present in the meeting, the CEC for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Gilchrist Okuom noted the key role played by the fisher folk despite the challenges experienced in the recent past such as the back flow of the lake which affected their operations in the lake.
He however implored on them to accept the reality that the lake is a shared resource which is not elastic hence it has a limit of aquatic life it can contain within a given time frame.
Mr. Okuom called on the fishermen to have a paradigm shift from the capture fisheries which has adversely contributed to over exploitation of the lake Victoria. He instead urged them to venture into other alternative lucrative fishing methods such as aquaculture for economic empowerment.
The fishermen were also warned against using illegal fishing gears that they will face the full force of the law, recalling that some of them lost up to 3million a fortnight ago when their illegal fishing nets were burnt.
The County Executive promised to expedite the regulations on cage fishing and matters licensing by February.
On her part, the Chief Officer for Livestock and Fisheries, Madam Rosemary Raluoch urged the fishermen to have a businesses mindset and explore the fish value chain in order to improve food security, alleviate poverty and create opportunities that attract income.
The Ag. City Manager who is also the CEO Lakefront Development, Mr Abala Wanga, used the session to calm the fears of the fishermen over the ongoing demolitions and relocation, urging them not to fear change but think on how they can transform and take up the opportunities that come with the change.
Also in attendance were:Captain Jonathan Odera and Haron Buluma from Kenya Coat Guard services, Mr Horace Owiti from KMFRI, Madam Anne Mokoro from Kenya Fisheries services, County Fisheries Director Susan Adhiambo among other county officials from the Fisheries directorate.
An Early Christmas for needy Students as County gives out Sh 68M Worth of Bursaries and scholarships
Deputy Governor receiving a Khs 68.4 Million cheque to kick off the disbursement of bursary and scholarships to schools ( Picture By Collins Owuor)
By Matilda Atieno
Kisumu County today launched the disbursement of Ksh. 68.4 Million in bursaries and scholarships to 9629 beneficiaries in a colorful ceremony held at the Mama Grace Onyango cultural center.
The allocation will benefit secondary, university and driving school students across the county with 12,641,971, going towards scholarships, 27, 625,000 and 14,811,643 for university fees. The beneficiaries under these categories qualify for the scholarship.
Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili presided over the ceremony on behalf of the Governor Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. He said the program had slowed down due to the Covid-19 and the delay in the remittance of money to counties from the national treasury.
Dr. Owili asked the County departments of Education and Finance to prioritize bursary and scholarships to avoid delays in remittances to schools. He also appealed to the beneficiaries to work hard in their studies , saying it was to the only way to express gratitude to the County Government.
This year, additional 350 students who had been selected to join Form One have benefited from the funds and another 16,694 students were awarded bursaries, out of this, 5,296 are girls. This fund has successfully contributed to the realization of dreams to many beneficiaries.
The bursary targets bright, needy and vulnerable children with 350 marks and above. Dr Owili said the selection process was transparent.
“The applicants are taken through a transparent selection process which involves the application of the potential beneficiaries at the ward level,” said the Deputy Governor.
He added: “The ward committee conducts vetting and identification of the applicants with each ward getting a total allocation of 4million.”
Education ICT and HRD Executive Committee Member, Mwalimu John Awiti, announced that 70 more ECD teachers are set to be posted in their respective centers across the county.
Mr. Owiti pledged to work together with stakeholders for the success of the program to help stop delays.
Also present were officials of the Kenya secondary heads association (KESHA) and the Kenya primary headteachers association (KEPHA) who applauded the exercise and proposed to be included in the vetting committee to support the vetting process to help minimise the challenges.
The Deputy Governor used the opportunity to urge residents to adhere to the COVID-19 control measures to help stop the spread of the disease.
The event was attended by Executive Committee members, Dr. Joyce Osogo, Prof. Boaz Nyunya and Mr. Salmon Orimba, Majority leader Kenneth Onyango, Chairman of the County Assembly Committee on education Hon. David Arao, Market / Mlimani ward MCA, Seth Kanga and several Members of the county assembly.
Others were the , Deputy County Commissioner for Kibet Bowen, Chief officer Education ICT and HRD, Mrs. Penina Onyango, Ag Chief of staff and Chief officer Communication Mr. John Oywa, Sub-County Administrators Ward Administrators, Representative of the county director education and other county officers.
CEC member for Agriculture and livestock Gilchrist Okuom addressing Farmers baraza in South East Nyakach (Picture by Norbert Wekesa)
By Harriet Chausiku
The county departments of Agriculture and the Business cooperative held a stakeholders’ forum with farmers of South East Nyakach ward to deliberate on the formation of a dairy cooperative society in the area.
The cooperative is expected to enable farmers to collectively market their products, train each other on better ways of dairy keeping, learn more about various diseases affecting dairy cows and share the challenges and successes they have encountered.
South East Nyakach ward being a highly potential dairy farming area has so far received the highest number of cows from the county government to promote dairy farming in Kisumu.
Speaking during the meeting the CEC member, Mr. Gilchrist Okuom said that the formation of a cooperative society will help take back Livestock production to its pick as it was in the old days.
The CEC member confirmed that the ward received a total of 56 cattle and 18 goats in the last 2 years making it the model ward for dairy production and he is therefore looking forward to the transformation of the practiced Agriculture into an Agribusiness.
He also encouraged more production and assured the residents on upgrading the breeds they have by procuring cattle from different regions and to practice artificial insemination to boost milk production for the market
The farmers were also encouraged to do integrated farming for food security, animal feed and also look at their products from an extensive view which includes the byproducts like cream, cheese and ghee which is exported with its chain of benefits.
The area MCA Ho Johnson Guya said that he is looking forward to starting a Milk processing plant in the next one or two years and would wish to bring both South East and part of South West Nyakach ward residents to work together so that they can be able to produce in bulk and sustain it.
Hon. Guya urged the farmers to take good care of the Livestock handed over to them noting that out of the 14 cattle issued only 3 of them died and the rest calved down with the production of 10 to 16 liters of milk per day.
Hon. Guya also thanked the county government of Kisumu for working together in boosting milk production in the Nyakach sub-county and for the seeds issued to the residents for food and was hopeful that the product will boost food security in the area.
By Emily Mikwa
Kisumu County, Directorate of Fisheries through the Aquaculture Business Development Program (ABDP)funded by IFAD, yesterday stocked three community dams with a total of 66,000 post harvest Tilapia fingerlings.
The community dams namely: Huma self -help group dam in Kisumu West sub county, Buoye community dam in Kisumu East sub county and Kere Women group dam in Nyakach sub county each received 22,000 post harvest Tilapia fingerlings.
This initiative through the ABDP focuses on increasing the incomes, food security and nutritional status of the wider poor – rural households involved in aquaculture.
The fingerlings procured by the programme coordination unit in Nyeri were stocked into the three dams under the supervision of PCU officer from Nyeri, Mr. Samuel Ikima, County programme coordinator Mr. Kenneth Luga, programme designated accountant Madam Leticia Awuor and the procurement officer Julit Adisa witnessed by the members of the respective dam.
By Matilda Atieno
The second edition of the Kusi Ideas festival kicked off in Kisumu today with calls for collaborative efforts to address the post-Covid 19 socio- economic challenges facing various sectors.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame virtually addressed the festival’s opening ceremony.
The two day festival co-sponsored by the Nation Media Group and the Kisumu County Government is being held at the Ciala Resort.
The festival intends to explore ideas under the theme “Towards post covid-19 Africa: Recovery together.
In his official speech, Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o said Kenya has been hit hard by the pandemic, hence the need for urgent interventions.
On his part president Kagame called for a continuous collaboration adding Africa has natural talent that must be tapped to create innovative and new ways to invest in its people.
The Governor noted that this years edition of Kusi will go down in history as having been celebrated under a crisis, the pandemic which has ravaged the world, leaving deaths, and wrecked economies in its wake.
Governor Nyong’o said that life must continue and the people must learn how to keep safe and continue to fight the disease under the new normal.
The Governor said Kisumu County, wasc working to implement a Covid-19 Social Economic re-engineering recovery strategy that will run up to 2023.
He called on the private sector to help in the
resource mobilisation efforts to help address the post covid 19 challenges.
On the much anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, the Governor noted that the impending roll out was good news but warned Kenyans against relaxing in enforcing the covid regulations.
The County Government and CUSSH to Step up Efforts to Advance a Clean Healthy Environment through Public Engagement
By Emily Mikwa
A visionary multi-sector partnership designed to give Kisumu residents their right to a clean, healthy environment devoid of diseases has been officially launched by the County Government in collaboration with Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) at the Pinecone Hotel in Kisumu on Friday.
Public engagement approach is an all-inclusive participatory initiative where the stakeholders and the waste handlers especially from the four targeted informal settlements in Kisumu will be brought on board to share innovative ideas on how to manage waste within the county.
Therefore, based on this premise, the CUSSH project targets to capacity build waste handlers within four informal settlements in Kisumu: Nyalenda, Obunga, Kondele and Manyatta in a bid to co-develop local solutions with residents and community-based organizations, co-develop accessible materials to communicate challenges and solutions, encourage media communication around environment and health and to share interactive decision science, case studies, and artistic responses from Kisumu web portal that will subsequently include other emerging subsidiary towns
While representing the CECM Water, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba, the Director in charge of Environment policy and strategy development Mr. Dan Ong’or, who presided over the official launch of the project, outlined some of the interventions the county government has implemented for the last three years.to ensure a clean, healthy environment for the people.
He stated that the County government has developed a raft of measures including policies on climate change Act and policy, the solid waste management policy and Act which is underway. The measures in place include: regular cleaning of Kachok and residential, development of departmental strategic Plan, Waste infrastructure/facility-Kasese-recycling unclogging drainages, un and Operationalizing tree nurseries towards 10% tree cover
Mr. Ong’or further underscored the significance of having the community participate in this program since waste management requires inclusivity, leaving no one behind and that waste offers employment opportunities along the value chains.
The Kisumu Central sub county Administrator, Mr. Jagero on his part emphasized on the slogan “Our planet is our health” to call on everyone to take responsibility in waste management to make our environment clean now that Africities conference 2021 to be hosted in Kisumu is fast approaching.
He pledged support to waste handlers advising them to use government structure up to the village level to report on challenges they face when dealing in waste.
The Director Environment and Stewardship Mr. Ken Koyooh noted that the CIDP promotes public engagement and sensitization promising to ride on this to have the people work as a team on matters waste management.
He reiterated that the county will provide an enabling environment as guided by the principles of solid waste management Act 2015 which is currently being reviewed on sustainability issues.
Mr. Koyooh was also optimistic that the knowledge shared among waste actors will offer local or homegrown solutions that will assist in shaping behavior change by ensuring proper sorting of waste at the production level for proper disposal or recycling.
Sentiments shared by the Director Climate Change, Mr. Evans Gichana who also announced that the Climate Change Act of 2020 is complete and ready for launch come next week, explaining that the Act gives provision of 2% of the development allocation to go into climate change programs where waste management is a component.
Mr. Harun who represented the City Director for environment Mr. Ben Otieno acknowledged that urbanization comes with a lot of challenges on waste management, recalling how this led to the development of Kisumu sustainable integrated solid waste management formulated 20years ago to engage communities on waste management.
With the increasing population, Mr. Harun says Kisumu generates 0.4 tons per capita multiplied with the number of households, highlighting that the principle of waste management includes collection, transportation, sorting and disposal.
He says Kachok has been partially decommissioned but it is a laborers process, since getting a dumpsite has been a challenge given that the better part of Kisumu sits on a marshland (flood prone) hence recycling is key to waste management.
Madam Isabella Asamba from Maseno University on her part gave an overview of the goal of the project, the partners involved and how they plan to engage the public through identification of waste champions, mapping waste hotspots, the opportunities, the challenges and how to develop homegrown solutions on waste management. The event was also marked with the veteran waste handlers from the targeted informal settlements sharing their experiences highlighting on the opportunities and challenges that comes with waste handling and exhibitions of artistic works made from recycled waste materials such as woven bags, building blocks, necklaces, and cards among others.
CEC Member for Agriculture livestock and fisheries Gilchrist Okuom addressing participants during the sensitization session of Members of the County Assembly Agriculture Committee on Aquaculture Business Development Program (ABDP) at the Sunset Hotel (Picture by David Wadulo)
By Emily Mikwa
The County Directorate of Fisheries yesterday carried out a sensitization session on Aquaculture Business Development Program (ABDP) to the Members of the County Assembly sitting in the Agriculture Committee at the Sunset Hotel, in Kisumu
The sensitization, which was facilitated by the County Fisheries experts, was done with the support of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the state Department for Fisheries, aquaculture and Blue Economy.
While officially opening the session, the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Gilchrist Okuom highlighted that the ABDP is an 8years program funded by IFAD and it is being undertaken within 15 counties nationwide, Kisumu being one of them.
He further reiterated that the department targeted to sensitize the County Assembly Agriculture committee members on the existence of the program which will be undertaken in various wards within the County to create awareness and to make the rest of the members of the Assembly understand the program.
The ABDP program costing a total of USD 143.3 million (KES 14.9 billion), focuses on reducing poverty and increasing food security and nutrition in rural communities with the intention of increasing the incomes, food security and improving nutritional status of the communities of poor rural households involved in aquaculture among the targeted Counties.
It further aims at using both public and private sector channels to strengthen the aquaculture value chains with whole-community initiatives to promote good nutrition and food security, environmental sustainability and adaptation to climate change.
The program has two components; first is the smallholder aquaculture development which aims to raise the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of ongoing and new aquaculture activities in mixed smallholder farming systems, with associated nutrition activities to improve diet quality and
Secondly the component of aquaculture value chain development which seeks to improve the efficiency of the whole aquaculture value chain, with a concentration of Program effort and resources on operations that either include smallholders directly or demonstrably benefit the mass of small-scale producers.
The ABDP is envisaged as national in scope but targeting counties with high concentrations of aquaculture activity, high production, existing sectoral infrastructure (processing, marketing and research), adequate water resources and marketing potential.
The first start up counties were: Central Kenya Region: Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Meru and Western Kenya Region: Kakamega, Homa Bay, Migori while the second start up counties include
Central Kenya Region: Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado.
Western Kenya Region: Busia, Siaya, Kisumu and Kisii
Implementation of the Program in the Counties will be done in compliance with devolution law as spelled out in the Kenya Constitution 2010.
The implementation at County level will be done in full compliance with the Program objectives, implementation arrangements and fiduciary requirements as will be guided by the Program Implementation Manual (PIM).
Chief Officer Education Madam Penina Onyango addressing participants during the 2 days for the Managers of the Vocational training Centers across the county at the Le Savanna Hotel in Kisumu (Picture by David Wadulo)
By Emily Mikwa
Kisumu County Directorate of Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) in partnership with Youth Alive Kenya and Forum for International Cooperation (FIC) organized a two day workshop for the Managers of the Vocational training Centers across the county at the Le Savanna Hotel in Kisumu this week.
This is initiative through the programme dubbed Decent Work and Labour Rights in East Africa, focuses on the gaps on youth capacity training, entrepreneurship, skills versus education mismatch, courses being undertaken at the VTCs and areas of advocacy.
The Chief Officer Education Madam Penina Onyango while officially closing the session on Friday, applauded the Partners for the initiative taken to sharpen the managerial skills of the VTC Managers pledging support through conditional grants to increase student enrollment in the VTCs.
She also announced that the county has approved the employment of thirty more instructors to be posted in the VTCs. Madam Penina further called on the managers to increase their networks at local, national and international levels citing that currently the department has partnered with tools to work from Netherlands who will supply tools and equipment to centers of excellence in batches until all the 26 VTCs within the county benefit.
Noting that participation in budget making process is key, she called on the Managers to work closely with the Sector Working groups in budget preparation to have their input on the requirements of the vocational centers.
The Director VTCs Madam PascaliaOuma, thanked the partners for the timely programme as institutions are set to open in January. She reiterated that the skills acquired by the managers will help in the smooth running of the institutions and increase student enrollment.
She highlighted some of the action plans that the directorate focuses on implementing such as enhancing leadership trainings, employment of more instructors and promotions. She called on the managers to ensure that their institutions comply Covid 19 protocols before the schools open.
Mr. ErustusOuko one of the trainers from FIC took the managers through some of the procedures of mobilizing resources such as the fund raising arsenals, and what they need to do to mobilize funds which included: duly registered institutions, having a regularly updated website, putting in place Board of Directors, having a bold vision/ mission statement, clearly defined programs and knowing existing funders and partners.
Mr. Simeon Ogonda from Millennial Legacy Company also shared with the managers the importance of preparing their students for the competitive job market. Some of the key strategies to be considered were: communally professional mapping, networking, industrial attachments and volunteering.
Mr. Levi Juma from Youth alive Kenya shared on the Education Policy and reforms in the TVET sector specifically the County Vocational Education and Training Bill 2020 which is currently under review for input.
The Manager Ahero VTC, Mr. Martin on his part shared some of the managerial skills and how to manage challenges when discharging duties as the Manager.
The resolutions made during the workshop as the way forward guided by Mr. Levi Juma from Youth Alive Kenya together with Mr. George Orude an officer from county Directorate of Youths included: holding an advocacy workshop, creation of an active network among the VTCs, Establishing an alumni network, re branding, online presence, designing websites, management of relationship systems with partners and having an alternative resource mobilization.