The County Fisheries sector through the Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) organized a two day workshop between 21st and 22nd October, 2021 for the staff to sharpen their skills on the result based management and reporting (RBMR) at the Golf Hotel in Kakamega.
The workshop that brought on board the sector staff from both the county headquarters and the sub counties focused on aiding their understanding of RBMR concept, reviewing the ABDP log frame, setting targets in a participatory manner and reviewing templates of RBMR.
Speaking while officially closing the workshop, the CECM for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Gilchrist Okuom underscored the significance of the two day training. With the emerging issues, he noted that the world has since transformed from not only reporting on the activities done but also how such activities have impacted and changed the peoples’ livelihoods.
He commended the staff for the good work done, urging them to focus more on results that are evidence based and captures where the actual need is.
“Reporting on positive change in livelihoods shows us whether we are working following through what we have given out and also if we are working around Vision 2030, the SDGs and the Governor’s manifesto of revitalizing Agriculture by shifting from subsistence to commercial farming and from hunters and gatherers in fishing to aquaculture,” said Mr. Okuom.
The CECM was certain that the staff were on the right track in their quest for more knowledge to build their careers. He further mentioned that going forward the staff will be rewarded based on their performance as outlined in the Performance Contract (PC) which objectively gauges the performance output of the staff at different cadres.
He however noted with concern the staffing challenge, but promised to look into the issue with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a solution to it.
The Chief Officer for Livestock and Fisheries, Madam Rosemary Raluoch who presided over the official opening of the workshop implored on the staff to internalize the activities to be carried out and know what should be put in place for successful implementation in order to set the pace in the development of the sector. This was in comparison to the previous year when the program, at its initial stages, experienced delays in setting up structures.
She challenged the staff to be techno-savvy and change their mind set towards the use of Kobo collect application as she promised to provide them with 25 gadgets donated by IEBC to aid in data collection.
On Monitoring and Evaluation report writing, she tasked each sub county to be involved and that each target must be cascaded to them. This, she said, will assist in reviewing the performance that will be attached to a reward system.
The Chief Officer called on the staff to work as a unit by involving all officers to support the implementation of the ADBP project. Her clarion call to them is to identify areas where they can work as a team such as aggregation, training and marketing to achieve the project goals.
On her part, the County Director Fisheries, Madam Susan Claire, said that plans are underway to collect data digitally and to integrate projects done by various development partners including: ABDP, FAO, ASDSP and Foodland for seamless operations and to scale up dam fisheries in the county.
The facilitators of the workshop were: Mr. Kenneth Luga (CPC) Mr. Kevin Wamira (PFO), Mr. Collins Otieno (PPT), and Ms. Joyce Okwara.
By: Emily Mikwa