Reprieve to farmers as Brookside increases raw milk prices to cushion farmers

Reprieve to farmers as Brookside increases raw milk prices to cushion farmers

The changes will be effective from Wednesday, April 1.

Brookside Dairies has increased buying of milk prices by one shilling to cushion farmers against the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dairy farmers will now be able to buy milk at Sh36 up from Sh35 per litre.

Brookside’s director of milk procurement and manufacturing, John Gethi, said in a statement that the changes will be effective from Wednesday, April 1 as it seeks to temper the financial shocks of the current Covid-19 and climate change.

“As the country implements far-reaching measures to contain the coronavirus and its threats onto the economy, and especially agriculture, we decided to increase farm-gate prices of milk that will not only boost the dairy farming businesses but also help minimize the negative financial impacts of the current Covid-19 which is also affecting the dairy farming community,” said Gethi.

He said the increase will see the processor pay up to Sh 36 per kilo, a welcome relief for farmers at a time businesses are re-evaluating strategies to survive the evolving impact of the coronavirus on the economy.

The latest price increase comes less than two months after leading processors including New-KCC increased milk prices to Sh33 per litre and Brookside to Sh35 per litre from a low of Sh26.

Gethi told farmers to also use the extra income to invest in animal feed management for their animals.

“The new prices are also an incentive to our farmers to invest in climate-smart dairy practices, such as the establishment of fodder crops and pasture with the expected commencement of the long rain season,” he added.

He said Brookside would continue to buy all milk supplied to it by its contracted farmers, besides providing guaranteed payments.

Gethi called on farmers to seek the services of veterinary professionals to help them in the treatment of cows recovering from the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease across major milk production areas.

He emphasized the role of dairy co-operatives in the aggregation and transport of milk along the value chain, saying farmers who are members of these groups stood to benefit from economies of scale.

“We would like to encourage as many dairy farmers as possible to join co-operatives to benefit from the pricing incentives currently in place. They are a huge boost to the formal milk marketing channels,” he said.

David Korir, a farmer from Elburgon Progressive Dairy Farmers co-operative society in Nakuru county said hawkers cannot guarantee regular payments for milk.

“Many times, they are unable to cope with increased production, besides being beset by concerns on food safety and milk quality,” he said.

 

JUST IN: Miraculous crucifix from 1522 plague moved to St. Peter’s for pope’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing

JUST IN: Miraculous crucifix from 1522 plague moved to St. Peter’s for pope’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing

n the famous Via del Corso, known for being one of the busiest streets for shopping in Rome, is the church of Saint Marcellus, which holds a venerated and miraculous image of Christ crucified.

That image has now been moved to St. Peter’s so that it will be present for the historical Urbi et Orbi blessing that Francis will give on March 27.

n the night between May 22 and 23, 1519, the church was ravaged by a terrible fire that reduced it completely to ashes. At dawn, the desolated people came to see the tragic scene of still-smoking debris. There, they found the crucifix which had been hanging over the main altar, providentially intact, illuminated by the oil lamp which, though deformed by the flames, still burned at the image’s feet.

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They immediately shouted that it was a miracle, and the most devout members of the faithful began to gather every Friday to pray and light lamps at the foot of the wooden image. Thus was born the “Archconfraternity of the Holy Crucifix in Urbe,” which exists even to this day.

However, this was not the only miracle that happened in connection to the crucifix. The next one dates to three years later, in 1522, when a terrible plague struck the city of Rome so severely that it was feared the city would simply cease to exist.

In desperation, the friars of the Servants of Mary decided to carry the crucifix in a penitential procession from the church of St. Marcellus, eventually arriving to St. Peter’s Basilica. The authorities, fearing the risk of contagion, tried to prevent the religious procession, but the people in their collective desperation ignored the prohibition. The image of Our Lord was carried through the streets of the city by popular acclamation.

This procession lasted several days—the time needed for it to be carried throughout the entire area of Rome. When the crucifix returned to its place, the plague stopped completely, and Rome was saved from being exterminated.

Since 1650, the miraculous crucifix has been carried to St. Peter’s Basilica during each holy year.

During Lent of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, the miraculous crucifix was put on exposition on the Altar of the Confession in St. Peter’s. It was in front of this image that St. John Paul II celebrated the “Day of Pardon”

Pope Francis also prayed before the Holy Crucifix on March 15, 2020, asking for an end to the scourge of the coronavirus that has taken so many lives around the world.

HEAVY rains expected in the country,  amid Coronavirus(COVID-19) crisis

HEAVY rains expected in the country, amid Coronavirus(COVID-19) crisis

Government has warned Kenyans to be as vigilant and prepared for the heavy rains that are expected to be upon us soon rather than later.

Speaking through an official statement released on Tuesday, March 24, the Kenya Meteorological Department has shared that Nairobi and Central parts of the country should expect the rainfall that is currently pouring in the Western parts of the country.

“The intensity is expected to increase to more than 20mm in 24 hours on Thursday, March 26 in Western, Central including Nairobi area, South- Eastern as well as North-Eastern regions,” the statement by the met department reads in part.

Kenya Kenya Meteorological Department further warned that the rainfall was expected to intensify to over 30mm in 24 hours over Central and North-Eastern parts of the country on Friday, March 27, 2020.

It is expected to subside in intensity on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Listed under the area of concern were; Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nakuru, Kajiado, Migori, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Vihiga, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Mandera, and Wajir.

“Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential flash floods. They are advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees or near grilled windows to minimize exposure to lightning strikes,” the statement added.

UNFORTUNATE as three travelers from Kenya among 17 new coronavirus cases in Rwanda

UNFORTUNATE as three travelers from Kenya among 17 new coronavirus cases in Rwanda

The news cases include 9 travelers from Dubai, 3 travelers from Kenya, 2 from the United States, and one each from Qatar and India.

The remaining one is the contact of a previously confirmed case who was identified through tracing.

Rwanda’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 17 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number in the country to 36.

According to the ministry, all travelers entered isolation between March 17-20 in designated locations and were tested.

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Dr Diane Gashumba, Rwanda Minister of Health

They are presently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients, while the government tracks down all persons they may have come into contact with.

The Rwandan government urged citizens to strictly adhere by the previously instituted prevention measures including heightened vigilance.

Non-essential businesses in the country have since been closed, travel between cities and districts is suspended and non-essential movements outside the country are also prohibited.

“Any Rwandans or legal residents returning to the country will be subject to0 a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations,” said the country’s Ministry of Health in a statement.

“The cooperation of Rwandans and residents is greatly appreciated, as are the efforts of those working hard in the health sector who continue to be supported and appropriately protected as they work to protect the health and safety of all of us.”

BREAKING NEWS: 8 More Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in Kenya

BREAKING NEWS: 8 More Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in Kenya

Eight more coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country, the Health Ministry says.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya to 15.

Among the new confirmed patients, 5 are Kenyans and three are foreigners, French and Mexican.

They are aged between 20 and 57.

Consequently, Kenya suspends all international passenger flights effective Wednesday 25th February.

Those coming to Kenya before then to undergo mandatory quarantine at a govt facility at their own expense ~ Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta led the country in seeking divine intervention over the scourge that has killed over 10,000 people worldwide.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday led the country in praying against the coronavirus PHOTO/COURTESY

Meanwhile, medical supplies meant to be used in the race towards coronavirus eradication, donated by Ali Baba co-founder Jack Ma,  arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday.

The face masks, protective clothing, and testing kits will be distributed among all African nations, with the countries pegged as being most at risk of a serious outbreak set to be prioritized.

More to follow….

BREAKING: Uganda registers first Coronavirus case

BREAKING: Uganda registers first Coronavirus case

Uganda has reported its first case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Health Minister Ruth Jane Aceng said the confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan man who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2am aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Dr Aceng said the man is a resident of Kibuli Kangungulu Zone in the capital Kampala.

 All the passengers who travelled with the man are under quarantine.

Uganda has reported its first case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Health Minister Ruth Jane Aceng said the confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan man who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2am aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Dr Aceng said the man is a resident of Kibuli Kangungulu Zone in the capital Kampala.

“The confirmed case had travelled to Dubai on the 17th of March, four days ago for business purposes. At the time of his travel he was in good health,” Dr Aceng said Sunday.

The Health minister said the man is currently isolated at the Entebbe Grade B Hospital.

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“The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite. He is not coughing neither did he have flu. However, the persistent fever prompted the health workers to isolate him,” said Dr Aceng.

The Health minister added that the man’s nasal swab was sent to Uganda Virus Institute for analysis and the results showed that the man had contracted Covid-19.

All the passengers who travelled with the man are under quarantine with their passports being held by the government.

On Saturday, President Yoweri Museveni announced that Uganda was closing all its border points to prevent people from crossing into the country in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward. This is until we find coordination at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” President Museveni said on Twitter.