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  • Deputy President William Ruto on food production Nairobi, September 27, 2013 DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting with Board members of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, when they paid him a courtesy call at his offices along  Harambee Avenue. - Picture

    The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre has opened a modern laboratory at the Kenya Agricultural Research Centre Kiboko. The center is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates to the tune of US dollars 1.2 million.

    The laboratory, the only one of its kind in the Third World will strengthen the maize breeding capacity of the national research programs reducing the time and resources spent on conventional breeding from seven seasons to two seasons. 

    The laboratory has also benefitted from 3.3 million dollars for research purposes.

    At the same time Kari and centre have partnered in tackling the challenge of maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease which afflicted the crop in the southern rift especially in Trans Mara, Bomett, Narok and Naivasha. 

    Meeting the Board of Trustees of centre in his office, Deputy President William Ruto said Kenya will scale up the use of technology and biotechnology in addressing the challenges in food production in the country.

    Responding to concerns by the trustees that Kenya might be left behind in modern research methods, The Deputy President clarified that the country had not banned research in GMO.

    Instead the country was training its own researchers to do research as the policy on GMO is being reviewed. 

    He said it was critical to embrace modern farming techniques in dealing with matters of climate change, seed production, diseases, and post harvest storage methods. 

    Mr. Ruto said it was imperative to employ modern research methods in Agriculture so as to grow enough food crops for the rising population in the country.

    The Deputy President expressed the Government’s readiness to cooperate with international organizations in doing research and educating Kenyan farmers.

    At the same time, He commended the centers initiative at KARI-Njoro aimed at breeding wheat varieties that are resistant to a fungal stem rust disease that threatened the production of the country’s second most important cereal. The wheat program also hosts the international stem rust screening nurseries in East Africa.

    The chairman of centre board of trustees Prof. Andrew Barr said his organization was committed to working with the  (KARI) in improving food production in the country.

    He said his organization was particularly keen on developing maize seed varieties that can withstand the harsh weather conditions prevalent in the country’s arid and semi arid regions.

    Prof. Barr underscored Kenya’s position in agricultural research in the region saying it stood to benefit from the U.S. Dollars 200 million centre has set aside for research work worldwide.

    Mulinya/DPPS - September 27, 2013

  • Government commissions, Ruto calls for synergy - Nairobi

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    Deputy President William Ruto meets Commission on Administrative Justice led by their chairman Mr. Otiende Amolo - Picture

    Deputy President William Ruto has called for synergy among different commissions in the country saying they should work together to deliver service to the people.

    He said although the independence of commissions must be respected, there should be synergy among established institutions.

    “Even if a leader in Government does not agree with the chairman of a commission at personal level, they are obliged to give them (commission) tools to perform their duties."

    The Deputy President was speaking in his office when he received members of the Commission on Administrative Justice led by their chairman Mr. Otiende Amolo who briefed him on the commission activities .

    Mr. Ruto pointed out that Kenyans expected commissions to perform well and avoid engaging in activities that did not advance their mandates.

    He asked public institutions to appreciate roles of oversight bodies like the Ombusman or the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) in the prudent management of public resources saying well intentioned criticism should be taken positively. “Such criticism improves the quality of service,” he added.

    Mr. Ruto pledged the Government’s support in facilitating the operation of the Ombudsman and other commissions but  they should operate within set budgets.

    Mulinya/DPPS - June 18, 2013

  • The Deputy President at AIC Church service at Moi's Bridge Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County.

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    The Deputy President at AIC Church service at Moi's Bridge Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County.

    Deputy President William Ruto has issued a stern warning he said officers who attempt to steal from the Government through fictitious process or any other means will be sacked. This Government will not tolerate any form of graft and will deal with those who want to embezzle any form of graft we will not have any mercy on them.

    The Deputy President was speaking at Moi’s Bridge Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County after attending a church service.

    "We have given notice to all public servants and people involved with tenders that if they are not ready to stick to the straight and narrow then they should look elsewhere," he warned.

    Mr. Ruto asked Kenyans to be focused and not distracted by the challenges facing the country


    On agriculture, Mr. Ruto said the ministry of agriculture had been issued with adequate funds to purchase fertilizer stocks that will last to the next planting season so that farmers can access the product easily.

    "We have already provided funds to the Ministry of Agriculture to purchase enough fertilizer. We want fertilizer to be in the stores from January to January so that farming is not unnecessarily delayed" he said.

    At the same time, the Deputy President who was accompanied by several MPS asked women and youth to take advantage of the recently launched Uwezo Fund and engage in business.

    He said Sh20million had been earmarked for every constituency for such loans.

    Addressing the same meeting was Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos.

    By Godfrey Isiye - DPPS - 29.09.2013

  • Deputy President William Ruto at Church Service - Nairobi

    Deputy President, William Ruto at Church Service - Nairobi, October 13, 2013 DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto has asked Kenyans to help security agencies fight crime. He said although the responsibility of providing security belonged to the Government, Kenyans also had a duty to provide information.

    He said: “We should be our brothers keepers. Know your neighbours so that we can keep this country safe.”

    The Deputy President said the Government will recruit more security officers and equip them well.

    Mr. Ruto who was accompanied by his wife Rachel was speaking at the Deliverance Church, Umoja in Nairobi where he joined the congregation for a Sunday service conducted by Bishop J.B. Masinde.

    October 13, 2013 DPPS

  • Official Closing - Teldet IDP Camp - October 12, 2013

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    Deputy President William Ruto consults with Trans-Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba at Teldet IDP Camp, in Sabot District, Trans-Nzoia County where the Camp was closed on 12th October 2013.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a light moment with Senator Zipporah Kittony at Teldet IDP Camp, in Sabot District, Trans-Nzoia County.

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    Deputy President William Ruto presents a dummy cheque of Kshs.154,400.00 to the Chairman of Teldet IDP Camp Daniel Ndimu Samburuma in Sabot District, Trans-Nzoia County.