Narok Farmers Benefit from Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme

By Nancy Masit

Farmers in Narok County get training on milk, beef and maize production from Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme II.

Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme II is a five-year programme (2017-2022) financed by the Government of Kenya, the Government of Sweden and the European Union and participation of private sector.

ASDSP II Coordinator Vincent Kinyua said that ASDSP II unlike ASDSP I has an innovation fund and the objective of this innovation fund is to support women and youth who are in value chain organizations to commercialize the activities.

Vincent said that in total the programme is expected to spend 25 million Kenya Shillings on innovations by the time the programme comes to an end that is on December 2022 and 22 value chain organizations are benefitting from the innovation funds.

He mentioned that ASDSP II has supplied pasteurizers, deep freezers, assorted dairy equipment to various value chain organizations that are in dairy industry and the programme is in the process of supporting 2 value chain organizations that are in beef value chains to develop feed lot systems and buy two maize milling machines for two maize value chain organizations that are in maize value chains.

He added that in Narok East, Enooseyia Farmers Cooperative Society received prefabricated motorbike milk transporter and 4 Aluminum Cans and Nairege Enkare Farmers Cooperative Society received 1 complete AI Kit with Nitrogen Storage tank and 4 Aluminum Cans.

In Narok North, Narok County Dairy and Pasture Products received 2 Aluminum Cans, 1 Thermometer,1 Lactometer, 1 Deep freezer and one Digital Weighing Scale while Olposimoru got 1 motorized Chaff Cutter.

In Narok South, Ten Sag Farmers Cooperative got 5 Aluminum Cans, Sogoo Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society received 5 Aluminum Cans, Ololunga Dairy and FCS received 5 Aluminum Cans, Olmekenyu Dairy received 5 Aluminum Cans, Sogoo Farmers Cooperative Society 5 Aluminum Cans.

In Narok West, Mulot Koogos Cooperative Society received 4 Aluminum Cans, 1 Deep Freezer,1 Electric Pasteurizer, 1 Alcohol gun, 1 Lactometer, 1 Thermometer and 1 Digital Weighing Scale, Ringwa Kalyet SHG received 1 Feed Mixer, Ngito Chang Chego Cooperative Society received 1 Digital Weighing Scale and 5 Aluminium Cans, Olchoro Oiruwa 5 Lactometer and 1 Digital Weighing Scale.

In Transmara East , Ololmasani FCS received 4 Aluminium cans , 1 Thermometer and 1 Lactometer , Baibaitany/Angwan Kasit Farmer Group received 1 Motorissed Chaff Cutter, Chesoen Farmers Cooperative Society received 5 Aluminium Cans and 1 Digital Weighing Scale, Kiribwet Pastoral Field School received 1 Lactometer, 4 Aluminium Cans and 1 Digital Weighing Scale, SATEC Cooperatives Socity received 1 complete AI Kit with Nitrogen Storage Tank, Murkan Farmers Cooperative Society received 5 aluminium Cans.

In Transmara West, Oloshaiki Youth Group received a1 Motorized Chaff Cutter, Kishon Women Group received 1 Electric Pasteurizer, 1 Alcohol Gun, 1 Lactometer, 1 Thermometer, 4 Aluminium Cans, 1 Deep Freezer and finally Naboisho Farmers Cooperative Society received 1 Solar Water Heater Unit, 5 Aluminium Cans and 1 Digital Weighing Scale with software.

Kevin Saitoti staff of Nairege Enkare Farmers Cooperative Society said that they were grateful to the ASDSPII for giving them a cooling plant in phase I and that they produce 800 liters per which is collected by Brookside company and buys at 43 shilling per liter.

Paul Muhoro who is AI Technician said that ASDSP II gave them semen from KAGRI and storage tank for liquid nitrogen with capacity of 50 liters and one with capacity of three liters to carry semen to farmers and to the serving points to be used to serve dairy cows.

Enchurai women Group secretary Evaline Lemunyo said that they are grateful to ASDSP II for supporting them in buying and selling maize and beans.

Evaline added that ASDSP II supplied them with farm inputs at subsidized price and she said that ASDSP II is planning to buy them a posho mill so that they can be selling sifted maize.

Ringwa Kalyet Self Help Women Group cahir Rhodah Tororei said that they are very grateful to ASDSP II for doing capacity training for them, they took them to Kabianga Cooperative Society in Kericho County for bench marking and learn new technologies in dairy feed production and milk value addition.

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