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New law to boost co-ops oversight in Embu

By Kamundia Muriithi Embu County has developed a new law to govern operations of cooperative societies. The County Cooperative Societies Bill 2019, spearheaded by the agriculture committee chaired by Rev Elizabeth Kivai, seeks to establish a legal framework relating to the formation, registration, promotion, development and regulation of cooperative societies. The Bill was drafted by the County Assembly of Embu ...

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Women groups receive water tanks

By Eugene Kioko Women groups under various Community Based Organizations in Machakos County have received water tanks in a programme spearheaded by the National Government Affirmative Acton Fund (NGAAF). The CBOs, which had contributed half of the required amount to purchase 5,000 and 10,000 liter water tanks, were handed the tanks by Machakos County Woman Rep Joyce Kamene. Kamene said ...

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Drivers undergo eyesight test

By Eugene Kioko Drivers in Machakos were recently screened for various eye conditions at Machakos Bus Park in an exercise organized by Machakos Matatu Owners Association. Association Chairman Steve Mutuku said they organised the clinic in conjunction with the National Transport and Safety Authority and The City Eye Hospital in order to gauge the eyesight fitness of drivers serving under ...

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Government to support youth embrace agriculture

By Boniface Mulu The government will continue supporting the modernisation of agriculture and teaching farmers the importance of growing crops suitable for their agro-ecological zones using the right techniques. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri also said the government is focused on making agriculture attractive to the young people. Kiunjuri made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by ...

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Coffee societies seek waiver as farmers feel the pinch

By Kamundia Muriithi Twenty-four co-operative societies in Embu County are struggling to pay a Sh90 million loan borrowed five years ago to set up a coffee mill that has since stalled. The debt has ballooned to Sh127 million as most societies are unable to service the loan. Each society was to pay Sh3.8 million, while the loan was secured by ...

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Coffee societies seek waiver as farmers feel the pinch

By Kamundia Muriithi Twenty-four co-operative societies in Embu County are struggling to pay a Sh90 million loan borrowed five years ago to set up a coffee mill that has since stalled. The debt has ballooned to Sh127 million as most societies are unable to service the loan. Each society was to pay Sh3.8 million, while the loan was secured by ...

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Italian company set to buy Meru coffee

By John Majau A worldwide coffee roasting company, Illy Caffe Spa, has shown interest in buying coffee from Meru County. The company’s coffee buyer, Stefano Scanferla, recently visited Meru County Coffee Millers Co-operative Union (MCCMCU) for a fact finding mission. MCCMCU is the only coffee union licensed to mill coffee and market at the same time. The union mills coffee ...

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Youth urged to form groups to get Government funding

By John Majau Tharaka-Nithi Deputy Governor Francis Kagwima has urged the youth in the area to form or join registered groups in order to benefit financially from the Government and donor funding. He said only registered youth groups will benefit from donor, national and county governments funding. Speaking to leaders at Ntunyai market, Kagwima said the county government will give ...

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Society awarded for quality coffee

Kibugu Farmers’ Co-operative Society was awarded the overall prize for paying the highest average income per member in the county. The society emerged top in eight categories during the Ushirika Day celebrations in Embu County. It produced 2.56 million kilogrammes of cherry and was followed closely by Murue Co-operative with 2.25 million kilogrammes. The society’s factory Gicherori was rated as ...

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Co-operatives important wealth creators

By Boniface Mulu Kitui County Trade, Co-operatives and Investment Minister Philip Mumo  has said that the co-operatives are an important and efficient instrument to create wealth and fight poverty. “They bring people together in a democratic and equal way and allow people to take control of their economic future,” the minister added. Mumo said that in Kitui County, it is ...

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