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New pig genetics and AI services introduced

As demand for pork rises in the country, pig farming is gaining popularity owing to its low capital requirements and high returns. Farmers Choice has come up with innovative ways to support farmers, one of them being the introduction of AI services. Why did the...

Phone Apps for Smart Farmers.

The surge in smartphone ownership is riding on the back of the over 90 per cent mobile penetration in the country, according to data from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). By June last year, mobile subscriptions had reached 39.7 per cent of...

Drones in agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are being used to get visual images of rice fields and to gather information more accurately. Rice researchers have been using drones to collect field data on various indicators of the nitrogen growth status, greenness of the leaf and...

Vegetables saved my life and keep me healthy

He is one of the few people in the world who suffer from Dermatological Myositis, an auto immune disease, which is a devastating illness. It has no cure and suffering from it is literally a death sentence. Dennis believes he is alive today because of...
An App to give knowledge support in the fight of Fall Armyworm.

Tips on how to curb Armyworm

Recently, FAW has spread to Southern and Eastern Africa and has brought havoc to maize farmers. In Kenya, the fall armyworm (Spodopterafrugiperda) is becoming a nightmare to cereal farmers especially in Tranzoia, Vi-higa, Kakamega, Kisii, UasinGishu, Nandi, Kericho, Baringo and Kilifi. “FAW damages corn plants in...

Don’t waste maize stalks, turn them into nutritious animal feed

What to feed livestock on, especially dairy animals during the dry season when grazing land becomes a dry mass of shrivelled brown grass or patches, is a big challenge for most small-scale farmers. During this period, many farmers resort to using maize stalks and other...

Bidco Poultry Centre a first in Kenya.

Bidco Land O’ Lakes started operations in Kenya in August 2015 in Nakuru. The company has continued to improve feeds quality and productivity by using new technologies and by investing in a state-of-the-art laboratory. It has also improved on product packaging and added special features...

NEW PHONE APP GUIDES PASTORALISTS TO GREEN PASTURES AND WATER.

Afriscout – a revolutionary phone application for pastoralists to find pasture and water using the power of satellite and mobile technology has been  launched by Project Concern International (PCI). Afriscout ,was created in collaboration with Google.org, uses community defined, custom grazing maps overlaid with satellite vegetation...

How to manage your farm better with your phone

Peter is a manager with a company in Nairobi. He has a five-acre farm somewhere in Nyandarua. That is where he grew up. Some of his friends have started farming as a side hustle. They all talk about how profitable it is, and Peter...

New four-phase kienyeji feed enters market

It is good news for poultry farmers following feeds manufacturer Bidco Land O' Lakes’s unveiling of a four-phase feed, especially made for the kienyeji breeds. The most recent Kenyan poultry census has placed the total number of chickens at 45 million. Some 75 percent (34...
The three innovators from L-R Anastasia Kaschenko, Beth Koigi and Clare Sewell.

Harvesting water from air made easier

Some 700 million people lack access to clean drinking water worldwide, 319 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, nearly 12 million people do not get adequate clean drinking water. Driven by the spirit of innovation and social responsibility, three young women, Beth Koigi...

George Muga: Shows you don’t need a pond to be a fish farmer!

One fish farmer’s hatchery innovation in Awach Village of Kendu Bay, Homa Bay County, is not only a spectacle to behold, but is also yielding handsome returns for him. Using a couple of jugs to hold fish eggs, a basin for collecting fry and a...
There is hope in Agriculture for the youth.

There is hope in Agriculture for the youth.

With the growing level of unemployment, influence in drugs and high crime rate as a result of fruitlessness after many years in school without a proper job or any meaningful income generating project, it is the high time that the young people focus in...
Maize plantation

Budget: More money for Agriculture means more Food Production

An upsurge in population in the cities and the changing dietary inclinations have necessitated increased investment in agriculture. It is, therefore, prudent that the government ensure that the agricultural sector is adequately funded to boost production. Despite previous international conventions such as Maputo Declaration to increase...

Northern Kenyan Poultry Company bags top African award

A chicken processing plant in northern Kenya, Kulamawe Poultry Industries, has scooped one of the five awards in the inaugural Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch competition. Only 21 entrepreneurs were selected to compete for the final five categories out of more than 450 entries from...