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New technology to boost agri-business in counties

By Kiprono Moi Use of modern technology will boost farmers’ activities and improve on their income. This was the overriding message during the 10th Agribusiness Expo organized by Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST). The two-day exhibition was characterized by new technological innovations and attracted thousands of participants eager to learn new farming methods through use of technology. ...

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Co-operative tribunal in rush to clear backlog

By Jackson Okoth The Co-operative Tribunal has released to the public, a calendar of its sittings outside Nairobi, as the quasi-judicial body rushes to clear matters that have been pending before it. These hearings will happen in the period between July 2019 and June 2020. This Tribunal is a specialized court established under section 77 of the Co-operative Societies Act, ...

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Sacco members dwindle as multinationals lay off staff

By Benedicto Ng’etich Kericho County Director of Cooperatives Leonard Otii has advised Saccos affiliated to giant multinationals to device other means of survival in the face of dwindling membership. Otii expressed fear over the survival of the societies after the parent companies started early retirements of employees due to what has been seen as the nega­tive effects of massive mechani­zation ...

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Co-operative sector receives Sh 4.6bn

By Jackson Okoth The State Department for Co-op­eratives has received increased fund­ing in the financial year 2019/2020, to enable it finalize review of the Na­tional Cooperative Policy, Coopera­tive Societies Act and provide support for the coffee and dairy industry. The Department is expected to build capacity of County Govern­ments to ensure it handles the Co-op­eratives docket, which has since been ...

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A tribute to iconic cooperatives’ leader

By Kage Njoroge Prominent cooperative industry leader, Stanley Charles Muchiri rose from a humble background to climb to the highest echelons of cooperatives leadership at the global arena.  He joined the country’s cooperative sector at its formative stage in early years of independence and had witnessed it flourish to a competitive investment platform. He passed on while on working tour ...

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Take loans, youth told

By Kamundia Muriithi. The youth have been told to join and take loans from Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (Saccos). Biashara Sacco Marketing Manager, George Njuguna advised the youth from Embu County to join Saccos so that they can qualify for loans. “By joining Saccos, youths can easily access loans to undertake various socio-economic projects,” he noted.

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Farmers transform their Dairy farming into Co-operative societies

By Kage Njoroge. Muranga County Dairy farmers are stepping outside the box to turn their farms into Dairy Co-operative societies. Small scale milk producers have come together under Dairy Co-operative societies which have empowered them to address their needs and determine the pricing of their produce. In the last four years, the County Cooperative Director, Josephine Mwangi said Dairy co-operatives ...

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Kiambu Co-ops scoop awards

By Felix Wanderi. Kiambu Cooperatives and societies emerged winners in most of the categories in the recent celebrations of Ushirika Day. In the Dairy sector; Githunguri Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society emerged the winner of Best Managed Sacco and the best in value addition, while Kiriita Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society and Limuru Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society were the highest in percentage ...

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Saccos realized over Sh 1.2bn turnover in 2016

By Tsozungu Kombe. A big number of registered Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (Saccos) in Kilifi County earned a remarkable turnover of over KSh 1.2 billion in 2016 According to Kilifi County Cooperative Commissioner, Mary Mkare, the 243 registered Cooperative societies in the County have a membership of 95,818 with turnover of some of the Saccos being over KSh 1.2 ...

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