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Kenya to produce it’s own fertiliser by next year. March 20th, 2015 / DPPS

Kenya will start manufacturing fertiliser next year, the company constructing the plant said yesterday.

Toyota East Africa, which recently won a tender to construct the facility, undertook to have the project implemented within the stipulated time.

Mr. Dennis Awori Director and Senior Advisor Toyota Tsusho East Africa said his organization will ensure Kenya gets its first ever fertiliser plant next year.

“We are totally committed and we shall be ready to produce fertilizer in 2016,’’ he said.

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Deputy President William Ruto with Toyota Tsusho Africa officials. They discussed, the delivery of police vehicles & construction of a fertilizer plant.

He was speaking when he led a delegation that paid a courtesy call on Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

Mr Awori said the construction of the fertilizer factory will take 12 months,

The Toyota chief said that his team was also in the final stages of negotiations with other strategic partners before commencing the work.

“We intend to put up the first phase of the NPK fertilizer around Eldoret because our feasibility study shows that Rift Valley consumes most of the fertilizer in Kenya,’’ he said.

The conglomerate’s Divisional General Manager Akira Wada said design works for the project will start soon.

The Deputy President said construction of fertilizer factory will address the high cost of the input that has been identified as a constraint to high crop productivity.

Mr. Ruto emphasized the need for the firm to adhere to the deadline of setting up the factory saying a local plant will lead to reduced costs.

“The public is already aware of this project and therefore timely completion is of essence,” said the Deputy President. “Most of our farmers have no other means of livelihood other than farming.”

Toyota Tsusho recently won a $1.2 billion (Sh108 billion) tender to put up a fertiliser manufacturing plant.

The company will also release an additional 215 vehicles to the police force this month.

Mr Awori said that his company was keen to deliver the remaining 500 units to fulfill the promise of delivering 1,100 units in an agreement signed by the government last year.

Deputy President reveals digital push

The Government is implementing a digital strategy to facilitate online application and payment of key services, Deputy President William Ruto has said. 

He said the e-government initiative culminating into cashless payment is a major transformation that will reduce costs, eliminate corruption and increase both efficiency and effectiveness.

“We are working on a digital payment platform in the next six months for all sectors of government,” he said.

The Deputy President made the remarks when he presided over the launch of an Online Transactional Mining Cadastre Portal at the ministry of Mining headquarters, Nairobi.

He said the switch will enable Kenyans realize a 24 hour economy as envisioned in Kenya’s development blueprint, Vision 2030.

The Deputy President said the aim was to provide Kenyans convenient access to government services.

The platform will include services such as payment of land rates, renewal of driving licenses and other remittances.

“It will be possible to pay for government services like land rates, passport fees and driving licenses through Mpesa, Airtel money, credit cards on a digital platform,”  said the Deputy President. 

The Deputy President observed that the online transactional mining cadastre portal was a secure e-Government system that will enable the Mining Ministry administer mineral rights online.

“The portal is a revolution where mineral rights application are done real time, renewal open and tracked from anywhere in the world,” he said.

The Deputy President pointed out that the portal will enable better, reliable and timely presentation of mining related information as well as offer a transparent communication channel between Government and its stakeholders.

Ruto- Invest in Dairy Farming by Bethuel Kaino

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Deputy President William Ruto when he arrived at Kimatuni Catholic Church in Bumula Constituency, Bungoma County.

The Deputy President William Ruto has asked farmers in western Kenyan to invest more in the dairy sector. The Deputy President said plans were underway to come up with Artificial Insemination centres in the region to cater for the needs of dairy farmers. “We want to establish more liquid nitrogen centres so that Kenyans cannot only rely on Kabete alone for the AI services,” said Mr. Ruto.

Speaking at the Chekalini in Lugari constituency, Kakamega County on Sunday, Mr. Ruto said milk production is key to improvement of living standards among many farmers. “I want to inform you that milk is the business of the future and farmers should take dairy farming seriously,” said the Deputy President.

Mr Ruto pointed out that the region had good potential in dairy farming because of the huge tracts of land. The Deputy President asked the agricultural and field extension officers to embark on programmes to educate and sensitize farmers in the dairy farming activity. He said there was need to improve breeds in the region in an effort to have animals able to produce more milk and meat.

The Deputy President said the Government will improve infrastructure to enable farmers’ access the market for their produce. The Government, he added, had set aside Sh100million for the establishment of a Technical Training Institute at Chekalini. “We are going to use Sh50million for the construction of Chekalini Technical Training Institute and the remaining Sh50milion will be used to equip it,” said Mr. Ruto.

He said skills development helps enhance productivity stimulate economic competitiveness as well as alleviate poverty. “The Government will construct colleges of technology where essential skills such as masonry, welding and electrical work are trained. This will build a strong army of skilled people required to grow the economy and help transform lives,” said Mr. Ruto.

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Leaders who accompanied the Deputy President vowed to put aside their political differences and work together for the common good of the people. They were Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Muthomi Njuki (Chuka-Igamba n’gombe) and Injendi Malulu (Malava). Mr. Malulu and Mr. Savula said plans by the Jubilee administration to transform the lives of people in western Kenya through the revival of Mumias sugar factory and improvement of infrastructure were commendable.

They said they would work closely with the Government for the sake of development in the area. “We are happy at the steps being taken by the Government to revive Mumias Sugar factory. This is the only way to help majority of farmers who depend on sugarcane for their survival,” said Mr. Injendi.

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By Bethwel Kaino - DPPS

Ruto - Assist Students Get their Certificates, Lugari, March 15, 2015 /DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has urged Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies to assist pupils’ get their certificates, which are being withheld by principals due to fees balances.

Mr. Ruto said it was the responsibility of leaders to assist pupils in areas under their jurisdictions to get their certificates so that they can enroll in colleges.

“I want to ask those affected pupils to approach their local leaders because they are meant to serve the people,” said Mr. Ruto.

Speaking at Chekalini Secondary School in Lugari Constituency during a funds-drive in aid of more than 20 churches from the area, the Deputy President said it was against the Constitution for any school or principal to withhold certificates of pupils on grounds of fees balances.

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Deputy President William Ruto with Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki and Lugari MP Ayub Savula at a funds drive for over 20 churches in Lugari Constituency

“All leaders must ensure that pupils collect their certificates without any further delay. We only have one Government and which has directed that all certificates being withheld because of fees arrears should be released to their owners,” said Mr. Ruto.

“Some principals withhold certificates of pupils for more than 10 years until such pupils become illiterate. Surely what will one benefit by holding certificates for such a long time? Asked the Deputy President.

He said MPs and MCAs should visit every school in their areas of jurisdictions to ensure institutions abide by the directive to issue the certificates.

“Every child who has gone to school and obtained a grade must be given his or her certificate. There is no negotiations on this matter,” said Mr. Ruto.

The Deputy President said the Government was committed to ensuring all Kenyans irrespective of their family backgrounds get access to education.

“We do not want to have a country that discriminates against children on matters of education.  That is not the true country that we need,” he said.

He added: “We want everyone whether from poor or rich family to have access to education. This is our policy as Government.”

Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Muthomi Njuki (Chuka-Igamba Ngombe) and Injendi Malulu (Malava), accompanied him.

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