PS launches Agri-business Information Portal for Nyandarua
Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Principal Secretary Dr. Wilson Songa has launched agri-business information portal for Nyandarua County and surrounding areas.
Nyandarua County now joins 13 other counties that pioneered in agri-business information portal. They are Garissa, Kisii, Machakos, Meru, Murang’a, Nairobi, Siaya, Uasin Gishu, Vihiga, West Pokot, Homa Bay, Lamu and Kilifi.
Speaking in Ol’Kalou town today October 7, 2015 Songa said the objective of Agribusiness information portal is to facilitate access of information and advisory services for agricultural value chains through linkages with service providers, partnership and collaboration.
“The Agribusiness Information Portal (AIP) was facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development,” said Dr. Songa.
The PS said that information portal is one of the output of the Technical Co-operation Programme entitled to strengthen organizational and institutional capacities for farmers associations and Co-operative Societies which was a technical cooperation between the government of Kenya and FAO.
The other outputs achieved includes training of 200 leaders and co-operative officers, and the establishment of 12 Advisory centres(ADAS).
FAO has decades of experience in supporting the agriculture, fisheries, forestry and livestock sectors in Kenya. It has the knowledge and know-how to develop and implement emergency and development programmes in the country.
The Ministry is appealing the counties to dialogue on formation of vibrant and strong cooperative movement so that they may be able to access finance input and benefit from bulk procurement e.g. purchase of fertilizer, seeds and also access of bulk equipment for use by farmers.
“One who controls information is a winner for tomorrow,” said Dr. Songa adding that
without information one cannot plan.
He said that agriculture information should make agri-business facility benefit the counties across Kenya.
Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi highlighted the gains made by the co-operative movement adding that his administration has revived many formerly dormant societies.
He said this in a speech read for him by the CEC in charge of Lands and Housing Hon. Peter Gitau Thabanja. The Governor said several other societies will be revived to enable the formation of Nyandarua Co-operative union which should spearhead value addition for all agricultural products grown in the county
Thabanja was accompanied by the CEC in charge of Industrialization, Trade and Co-operatives Hon. Judy Mwangi and senior county government officials.
Industrialization and Enterprise Development Principal Secretary Dr. Wilson Songa (third left) pose for a group photo with participants during the official launch of agribusiness information portal for Nyandarua County at an Ol’Kalou hotel. With him was Nyandarua County Speaker Hon. Ndegwa Wahome (second left) and the CEC in charge of Industrialisation, Trade and Co-operatives Hon. Judy Mwangi (third right).