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MSME DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

The Department of Trade, Marketing, Industry, Culture and Tourism through the directorate of Trade, Marketing and Industry is mandated to develop and implement Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development programs in the county.
In this regard, a 2-day training session to assist MSMEs unlock their business potential was organized. The training scheduled for 10th & 11th June 2024 at Acacia Hotel in Wote, Makueni County covered the following areas;
i) Getting started
ii) Business registration and licensing in the county
ii) Capital requirements
iii) Access to financing and financial management
iv) Development of networks and partners
v) Introduction to export trade
vi) Development of export market strategies
vii) Product development, product certification and branding for export
viii) Identifying export markets and linkages
For effective implementation, the department engaged various stakeholders including Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPROBA), Kenya Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Makueni Revenue Office.

GOVERNOR MUTULA KILONZO JR. RECEIVES THE COMMENDATION TROPHY AND CERTIFICATE AWARDED TO THE COUNTY AT THE SOUTH EASTERN KENYA MACHAKOS NATIONAL SHOW, HELD LAST WEEK.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. receives the commendation trophy and certificate awarded to the county at the South Eastern Kenya Machakos National Show, held last week.

Makueni was recognized for its outstanding display across a wide range of agricultural value chains, aligning with this year’s theme of promoting climate-smart agriculture.

Governor Mutula congratulated the staff from the Department of Agriculture and expressed appreciation for the county’s collaboration with the Agricultural Society of Kenya.

The award was presented on Tuesday by Agriculture Executive Joyce Mutua and her Chief Officer, Dr. Victoria Kyallo.

LIVESTOCK FARMERS BENEFIT FROM FREE VETERINARY MEDICAL CAMP

June 11, 2024

At least 100 livestock farmers from Kawese Village in Kasikeu Ward have benefited from a free veterinary medical camp aimed at combating diseases exacerbated by recent floods.

The initiative included vaccinations against endemic diseases such as Rift Valley Fever in cattle, sheep, and goats, and Lumpy Skin disease in cattle. Dogs were also vaccinated against rabies to help control dog-mediated human rabies.

In total, 600 cattle, 1200 sheep and goats, and 200 dogs were vaccinated.

Veterinary officers from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock also provided other essential services such as deworming, wound management, and various clinical treatments.

MACHAKOS GOVERNOR APPLAUDS MAKUENI’S INNOVATIVE EXHIBITS AT REGIONAL SHOW.

Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti on Friday  visited Makueni’s booth during the ongoing South Eastern Kenya National Show at Machakos showground. 

Ndeti was impressed by the various value chains and value additions displayed at the show. She expressed particular amazement that coconuts could thrive in Makueni, and stated her intention to promote this value chain through the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB).

The four-day event, which started on Wednesday 5th June 2024 features numerous exhibitors showcasing diverse agricultural innovations and technologies under the theme “Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Economic Growth.”

MAKUENI SET TO HOST INAUGURAL COMMUNITY RUN

The Local Organizing Committee for Ndukuma Dam Community Run on Thursday toured the dam area for route mapping as the clock ticks towards July 14th, when the event will be held. The team was led by County Director of Sports Ambrose Kisoi

The inaugural Community run aims to celebrate, nurture and develop local talent while promoting community awareness and participation in climate change resilience building.

The run will feature four races:

15kms ➖Elite Race

10kms ➖Community Race

5kms ➖Corporate Race

3kms ➖Kids Race and Fun Run

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

The Department of ICT, Education, and Internship is hosting a Music Festival for Early Childhood Learners to showcase the incredible abilities of our young learners and reinforce the importance of cultural heritage and community spirit.

By nurturing these nascent talents and encouraging participation in such enriching activities, Makueni is llaying a strong foundation for the holistic development of our children.

MAKUENI COUNTY MARKED THIS YEAR’S WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Makueni County Marked this year’s World Environment Day with a commitment to accelerated land restoration and drought resilience through re-engineering agricultural practices, community driven afforestation programs, protection of key water towers, building sand dams, surface runoff water harvesting and investment in solar energy to reduce pressure on wood fuel.

County Executive Committee Member for Lands, Urban Planning & Development, Environment and Climate Change Nicholas Nzioka who led the celebration at Thange said Makueni is working with other partners to build a sustainable environment for all.

GOVERNOR MUTULA KILONZO JR PLEDGES SUPPORT TO CLINICAL OFFICERS, PROMISES ACTION ON MOU

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has pledged his support to the Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers, Eastern Region, assuring them that he will present their memorandum of understanding to the Council of Governors (COG) for prompt action.

Addressing the clinical officers who have been staging demonstrations across the country, Governor Mutula affirmed his commitment to addressing their concerns. As the chair of the COG’s Legal, Constitutional Affairs & Intergovernmental Relations Committee, he vowed to ensure that their issues are brought to the council’s attention and resolved.

According to the KUCO national chair , Peterson Wachira, the national government signed an agreement with the union in 2021 to increase their risk allowances from KSH 3,000 to KSH 15,000.

However, the Council of Governors’ is yet to sign the deal.

Mr. Wachira also criticized the council for failing to honor a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for salary increments, which has been under negotiation since 2019.

He also highlighted the unfair handling of the staff recruited by the National ministry of health under the UHC program across the country who require absorption to permanent and pensionable terms.Other issues include delayed promotions, poor working conditions and widespread staff shortage

In response, Governor Mutula promised to facilitate the promotion of officers working in Makueni who are due for advancement to the next job groups. He highlighted that the county has developed a staff establishment plan aimed at resolving promotion issues, ensuring that deserving clinical officers receive their due advancements.

Acknowledging that Makueni had addressed the county specific issues that led to the 64 day national strike, Governor Mutula committed to reach out to all stakeholders to address the raised nationwide grievancies.

Governor Mutula’s commitment underscores the importance of addressing the concerns of healthcare workers and ensuring that their welfare is prioritized for better service delivery in the region.

GOVERNOR MUTULA HOSTS CDC, CIHEB-KENYA DELEGATIONS TO REVIEW UZINDUZI PROJECT PROGRESS

On Monday, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr welcomed a high-powered delegation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity-Kenya (CIHEB-Kenya) to Makueni for a review of the Uzinduzi project’s progress for the half year of this financial year.

The Uzinduzi project, funded by the CDC and the Makueni County Government, provides HIV delivery services in Mbooni sub-county. This financial year, the project received an allocation of Ksh.22,085,700 and is set to receive Ksh 26,198,640 in the coming financial year. Additionally, the Department of Health Services has allocated KSH 3 million for the next financial year.

The collaboration between the US CDC and Makueni County is pivotal in the fight to eliminate HIV by 2027.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr emphasized the county’s commitment to enhancing HIV awareness campaigns, stressing that no one should suffer from HIV when universally accessible medications are available to suppress the viral load or prevent infection.

The discussions also covered plans for accountability and sustainability, leveraging primary care networks to improve outcomes, and addressing challenges in human resource transitions, health financing, and grants management.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT BEGINS IN MAKUENI

June 3, 2024

The Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperative Development has commenced community entry meetings to create awareness of the National Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (NAVCDP) and begin the Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD) process.

Agriculture Executive Joyce Mutua launched the PICD process at Mukuku market in Kako Waia Ward. Similar meetings are taking place across the county and will continue in 4 zones in every ward until June 11, 2024, paving the way for the PICD process.

The purpose of the PICD is to ensure community members participate in identifying issues and problems in target agricultural value chains and generate solutions, including development plans.

The process will culminate in an implementation plan for NAVCDP. NAVCDP is a five-year initiative building on the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) productivity and resilience enhancement efforts that have laid the foundation for market-oriented, commercialized farming.

The project focuses on smallholder farmers either “in transition” or who have “transitioned” from subsistence to commercial farming. The overall goal is to increase market participation and enhance value addition for smallholder farmers.