Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperative
Murang’a County Agro-ecology Development Act 2022
Murang’a County Government today held a Successful Agro-Ecology forum that culminated with the Launch of “Murang’a County Agro-ecology Development Policy: 2022-2032 and “Murang’a County Agro-ecology Development Act 2022” at Ihura Stadium.
The Ceremony was officiated by H. E Stephen Munania – Murang’a County Government Deputy Governor on behalf of the County Governor, H.E Irungu Kang’ata. Agro-ecology is a farming practice and food production approach that seeks to build resilience against market shocks and climate change by applying ecological principles to agriculture.
Agro-ecology goes beyond food production to food security, food distribution and consumption chain for ecologically sensitive and sustainable food production. Over the 8 Years of implementing this Agro-ecology Policy, the County will work towards becoming the leading county in sustainable agricultural production, food security, food safety, green products trade and marketing.
The Forum brought together different Stakeholders and Experts in Agriculture and Agro-ecology including, Institute for Culture and Ecology-ICE, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management-PELUM, Organic Agriculture Centre of Kenya-OACK, SNV-Agri-Food, World Vegetable Centre, Biodiversity and Biosafety Association-BIBA Kenya, Inter-sectoral Forum on Agro-ecology and Agrobiodiversity-ISFAA, African Biodiversity Network-ABN, Effective Integrated Pest Management Association-EIPMA, Grow Bio-intensive Centre-G-BIACK, Youth Action for Rural Development-YARD, Kenya Institute of Organic Farming-KIOF, Murang’a Farmers Cooperative Union Limited, Community Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Environment Program-CSHEP, National Agricultural and Rural inclusive Growth Project-NAGRIP, Agricultural Sector Development Support Program-ASDSP, Ngong Organic Farmers Association-NOFA, Lead Farmer, Strategies for Agro-Pastoralists Development-SAPAD, I-fern Kenya, WAKAS Organic Demo Farm-WAODF, Route to Food, Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Program-SACDEP, College of Sustainable Agriculture for Eastern Africa-CSAEA, Bio-vison Africa Trust-BVAT, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa-AGRA among Other pertinent Stakeholders.
As an integrated Approach, Agro-ecology applies Ecological, Social Concepts and Principles to the Design and Management of Food and Agricultural systems. Agro-ecology seeks to optimize Interactions between Plants, Animals, Humans and the Environment while taking into Consideration the Social Aspects that need to be addressed for a Sustainable and Fair Food.
MURANGA COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS INITIATIVE
Agriculture being among the core focus of the Governor to improve livelihood of the Muranga residents, Muranga County Government has issued cheques worth kshs.80 million to 100 coffee common interest groups-CIGs and coffee producer organizations from National Agricultural And Rural Inclusive Growth Project.
The county government also issued silage balers, silage chopper equipment, solar driers, low pressure water pumps and 5000ltr water tanks to farmers Groups within Muranga under the agricultural sector development support program.
29 new motorcycles were flagged off to facilitate mobility of agricultural extension officers and experts who will be training farmers across county.
Muranga county agricultural farm inputs subsidy policy 2022-2023 and Muranga county Agricultural farm inputs subsidy Fund Regulation -2022 PFA legislation agricultural policies have been debated and passed by the Muranga county assembly.
Milk and Mango farmers have been urged to register in their respective cooperatives in order to benefit from the 2 passed legislation.
Iyego Farmers Cooperatives Society through their partnership with Fair trade Africa has seen the Muranga county Government commission a modern Eco Pulper Machine and a coffee Roaster. The partnership promotes coffee value addition and cost subsidies in the processing of coffee and end enhanced quality.
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP11)
The Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme II is a nation-wide programme supported by the County and National Government of Kenya, Government of Sweden (GoS) and European Union (EU). ASDSP II is part of the implementation strategy of the Agricultural Policy (AP) for the National and County governments.