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Governor's awards 2015

Muranga county scoops two awards in the Governor's awards 2015

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Murang'a County  bagged two awards during the 2015 Governors' Award at the Intercontinental Hotel on 19th November 2015.Agriculture, food security and Education are the categories whose awards went to Murang'a County. 

The agriculture and food security award can be attributed to various revolutionary agricultural programs that the County Government has rolled out in dairy farming, horticulture and revival of cash crop farming.In dairy farming the County Government has subsidized the cost of artificial insemination in ensuring farmers get the right and quality breeds with massive milk production capacity.The roll out of this program the reduction cost of AI services from Kshs 1500 to Kshs 600 and 500 for Services offered at individual farmyards and designated cattle clutch sheds respectively.The County Government has also established Murang'a County Creameries(MCC) in an approach geared towards fetching more returns from dairy farming.In this approach thirty five (35) milk cooling plants have been instituted across the wards in Murang'a County in enhancing value addition.Construction of a milk processing plant at Maragua a Town courtesy of the County Government is set for completion in the coming few months; upon completion the factory with process a variety of milk products and break the intermediary costs incurred by the farmers thus reaping more returns.Its worth noting that a liter of milk now sells at Ksh. 35 up from as little as Kshs 18     Before the initiation of this dairy project.

The County Government has also initiated a irrigation farming projects in Kandara knows as AJIBIKA 1 and similar projects are set for execution in the other Sub-Counties.

 

County Government Comprehensive Coffee Development Project popularly known as 'Kahawa bora initiative'  Implementation that seeks to revive coffee farming is underway; this program entails giving farmers batian coffee trees which is more productive than the ordinary SL coffee in addition to being resistant to coffee berry diseases.To this far 3Million batian coffee trees have been given out and the first has already been picked processing this year.This approach is geared towards boosting the volume of production.The County Government has also employed agronomic practices to increase production per tree.The coffee farmers union was restructured in order to roll out a proper management plan and get rid of scandalized engagements that would make farmers incur losses.An indicator on the gains that this program has hatched  has seen the cherry production in the county increase from 14,719,429 kg in 2011/12 to 24,133,321 kg in 2013/14.These are some of the programs being undertaken to improve agriculture in Murang'a County.

 

The award on Education is rooted on a visionary and comprehensive education program known as 'Murang'a Child Can' Government's that is geared towards boosting education standards in Murang'a County.This program has seen establishment of two low cost primary boarding schools in every Sub-County.This seeks to enable parents from relatively humble background willing to enroll their children in boarding do so at an affordable and subsidized cost.An annual bursary kitty of 70Million shillings for needy students in secondary and tertiary institutions of learning has also been established.The County Government also funds standard end term examination in primary and secondary schools.Improvement of physical infrastructure in learning institutions is also encompassed in this approach in addition to Mentorship and motivation programs.

 

The awards were tendered on a number of Governors who emerged best in various categories.Toyota KENYA, CMC, Royal Media Services, Jambo Pay, KNH, LIQUID TELKOM are part of the corporate entities which sponsored these awards.

 

Addressing the congregation after receiving the awards Governor Mwangi Wa Iria dedicated the awards to the people of Murang'a and thanked them for the resounding support they have accorded his government in the implementation of the development agenda.

By Governor's Communications Unit.

 


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