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50 Shillings 1969, Kenya

in Krause book Number: 9а
Years of issue: 01.07.1969
Edition: 2 957 570
Signatures: Governor: Duncan Nderitu Ndegwa, Member: Julius Kanuki Gecau
Serie: 1969 Issue
Specimen of: 01.07.1969
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 153 х 95
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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50 Shillings 1969




Head of lion.


50 Shillings 1969

Jomo Kenyatta Jomo Kenyatta Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta (20 October 1891 - 22 August 1978) was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978, serving first as Prime Minister (1963-1964) and then as President (1964-1978). He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation.

He was a well educated intellectual who authored several books, and is remembered as a Pan-Africanist. He is also the father of Kenya's fourth and current President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Numerous institutions and locations are named after Kenyatta, including Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi's main street and main streets in many Kenyan cities and towns, numerous schools, two universities (Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology), the country's main referral hospital, markets and housing estates. A statue in Nairobi's center and monuments all over Kenya stand in his honour. Kenya observed a public holiday every 20 October in his honour until the 2010 constitution abolished Kenyatta Day and replaced it with Mashujaa (Heroes') day.

In the center is a white rooster from the emblem of Kenya. White rooster with an ax, according to local customs, represents a new and prosperous life.

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50 Shillings 1969

cotton harvest

Cotton harvesting in Kenya.

In the 1970’s Kenya was a major East African producer of seed cotton for both local consumption and export. Today the potential of the cotton industry in Kenya remains high, however poor production methodologies, due to the lack of appropriate technical skills in agronomic practices and deficient marketing systems for cotton and other crops, result in a failure to meet smallholder’s expectations of cotton quality and pricing.

Thanks to the funds of the FSP Farmer Support Program, BCI was able to pilot a Project in the Kerio Valley in July 2014, involving the Cotton Development Authority (CODA) with the support of Solidaridad and Rift Vally Products Ltd.’s Salawa Ginnery. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of approximately 5000 small-scale farmers living in the marginal cotton growing areas normally referred to as Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). More sustainable cotton production techniques will play an important role in development and growth of the cotton sector for Kenya, starting in the Kerio Valley.

What is the current status of the project?

Currently, there is no Better Cotton grown in Kenya. CODA is in the process of implementing a national strategy to revive the cotton sector, which was created in collaboration with BCI. Until further developments are made in Kenya, the BCI partnership and project have been suspended.

When is cotton grown in Kenya?

In Kenya, cotton is sown from April to June and harvested from November to February. (

On background is Mount Kenya. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 meters (17,057 ft.)), Nelion (5,188 meters (17,021 ft.)) and Point Lenana (4,985 meters (16,355 ft.)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometers (93 mi.) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.

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