|Lolkeringet co-ordinating centre
The Eastern Africa Grain Council official ’s meeting with farmers’ representatives 19/08/2009
The meeting was held at Kabiyet Dairies in Kabiyet Division, Nandi North District. Farmers numbering fifty from the entire Nandi north were in attendance.
The region’s co-ordinator, Mr. David Martim, introduced the guests and then let farmers’ representatives to highlight the most pressing challenges facing farmers. High cost of farm inputs, poor methods of farming, lack of market/market link and low price for maize are the mammoth problems hindering maximum production.
The farmer’s representative appealed to the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to build a store to enable farmers collect their produce at a central point before looking for a lucrative market. They also appealed to EAGC to;
- Assist farmers purchase inputs, e.g. fertilizers, direct from the manufacturers to avoid exploitation by unscrupulous middlemen
- Train farmers on modern methods and expose them to available training facilities to enable high yields.
- Look for sustainable markets with good prices for the farm produce
- Assist women get involved in maize farming by providing them with necessary materials and logistical support to make farming more inclusive.
Zero Tillage is new farming technique in the community and the Centre for Community Dialoque and Development will assist farmers understand this method of farming through training. Despite the potentiality of the area in maize production, poverty is still rampant. Farmers welcomed any support and assistance from the government and non-governmental organizations to alleviate the challenges facing farming fraternity.Report of the meeting held at Chepnoet primary school 03/09/2009
The meeting started at 11.20am in a hall full to capacity. The area Chief, Mr. Samson Ng’etich, together with village elders were present after a successful mobilization. There were 154 people in attendance. Co-ordinator, Mr. John Chirchir, Chairman, Mr. Nathan Birech and Mrs. Gladys Seroney a Member, were present.
The empowerment programme promulgated by the CCDD was passed to the community. This helped to widen the people’s horizons on economic, social and political matters in country.
The 33 groups received were hopeful that support from any N.G.O would eradicate poverty which has degraded their lives. Kokwet co-ordinating centre
Kokwet is in Kosirai division, Mosop constituency, Nandi North District. It is made up of 11 villages with two sub –locations namely; Kokwet and Tebeson. It has 4,600 inhabitants.
Kokwet community is facing many challenges which have been bedeviling economic development. The community feels that these challenges should be solved so that they may achieve, economic social, and political development. The defining challenges are as follows;
Kokwet community is served with feeder rough roads from Mosoriot to interior parts. There is no single tarmac road serving the community. There is an agent need to improve these roads in order to be passable.
The roads serving the community that needs immediate attention include:
Kokwet- Mosoriot road. It needs murram in some sections to make it passable. This road serves three quarters of the community.
Kokwet- Rongit- Chepketei road. The road also needs murram and the aid of caterpillar.
Kokwet-Anaimoi- Kamelilo road. This road needs to be graveled and good drainage channels made. It also requires murram. Another one is Kokwet- Chemarot road
(b) Piped water
Kokwet community is blessed with many springs which can be harnessed for irrigation.
Ketewa spring – the spring can serve the residents of Litik and Ainamoi villages. What is needed is construction of a tank and pipes. The water will be through gravity.
Kapchepkulyos spring- the spring serves residents of Chepketei, Rongit and Issa.They also need pipes and a large tank to be constructed for them.
Roberwo Spring –the spring serves residents of Kokwet and Rongit villages via gravity. Tank already exists and the community had purchased pipes to replace the broken plastics.
c) Tree planting programme- the community is willing to conserve environment. The greatest challenge is finding seedlings and they need support. The community has planted some trees and also wants to plant more.
d) Resource centre
For quite a long period of time, Kokwet community has been unable to access information. The residents could not access information through Newspapers. The community is grateful to the Centre for Community Dialogue and Development for availing various informational channels which include the Newspapers and T.V sets.
The community wants a resource centre to be equipped after the empowerment programme end in September. They say that it will go along away in imparting right information to the community, especially the youth..
e) Yearly sports day
The community feels that social events can be one major way of bringing people together, and particular nurturing talents among the youth. The community therefore wants support to hold an annual sports day.
Kokwet co-ordinating centre
Report from 25th August -10th September
The defining debates on the above period on the country’s political landscape has been focusing on Mau eviction saga, parliament recess and the re-appointment of Kenya anti- corruption chief, Aron Ringera.
The community had some views over these issues. On Mau eviction matter, the community agreed that those who have encroached Mau must be evicted to serve the largest water tower in the country. People also unanimously agreed that eviction must be done in humane manner, with regard to human rights.
They said that those with genuine title deeds should be compensated before the eviction process commences. The people also said that those who illegally acquired land in the Mau complex must be evicted without compensation, saying that most of them are unscrupulous individuals.
With many issues of national importance still pending, the people in Kokwet held that MPs should not go for recess. They said that the re-appointment of the KACC chief, Mr.Ringera, was significant since his docket had not met people’s expectations in fight against corruption. They held that the re-appointment was unfortunate and that MP’s should continue to debate the issue exhaustively.
The people welcomed the house speaker’s ruling on the issue. They held that the executive should not override the legislature on issues of national importance.