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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...

Why Kenyans should consider flower farming

With February 14 just around the corner, flower farmers are already gearing up for the high sales season. This is a most challenging time, as demand, especially for the red roses, usually outstrips supply. The red rose, often considered a symbol of love, takes the...

Do you know of a country with a call centre for farmers? – India

Indian farmers dial the toll-free telephone number 1551 to get specialists advice positioned at 84 call centres across the Asian country to answer questions and clarifications related to agriculture. The itinerary dubbed Kisan Call Centre is a single-knowledge pool catering to Indian farmers across the...

Pain of importing commodities, and how it’s killing agribusiness

Over the past few years, Kenya’s neigh - bours have been aggressively carrying out what experts call ‘predatory pricing’ on special commodities and crops, and edging out local traders and farmers. From rice, maize, eggs, onions, to most recently, fish imports, several of the...

Mobile application to fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa.

A mobile application has been launched to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners to the fight against fall armyworm in Africa. The app by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will report the level of infestation and map the spread of this destructive pest,...

Imports: Why are local farmers crying?

A young poultry farmer recently got everyone talking on Facebook. She was distraught and desperately sought assistance on where to sell her eggs. Having gone through the tedious and challenging task of raising her layers successfully, she was stuck at the last stop on her...

The World’s Rice Bowl protected forever.

The world’s largest rice collection has received permanent funding that will ensure the numerous different rice varieties are saved forever. The agreement between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Crop Trust, was signed on World Food Day. The funds will guarantee continued conservation...

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...

How to reduce high cost of food-borne illness in Africa

A majority of donor-funded food safety initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa have been focusing more on food safety for exports, rather than domestic consumption. While exports are crucial for economies, the African continent suffers the world's worst levels of food safety, which leads to an estimated...

Honey Care launches new product line to create market for smallholder farmers

Honey Care Africa has launched A new range of re-branded honey and healthy snack products. David Gachoki, Chief Executive Officer, Honey Care while unveiling the new range of products, said promotion of healthy diets and adequate micro-nutrient intake is critical in the fight against non-communicable...

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...

Study reveals how to make fish farming more lucrative

More can be reaped from fish farming by increasing the stocking size of fingerlings, a new study by Farm Africa and World Fish has revealed. The study conducted between July last year and February this year shows that reduced production cycle and input costs make...

MILKING ROBOTS ON KOTUTS FARM

They can tell you what to expect from your herd days before any visual signs appear, keeping you in the know and giving you a head start to troubleshoot if trouble is brewing... 159 cows gather outside the gate of the dairy drawn by...

Solar-powered solution for farmers who get nothing due to failed rains.

He walked into the venue of the recent East African Digital Farmers’ conference in Nairobi, a rather nondescript young man, dressed in blue slacks and a matching waistcoat. He had a presentation to make. He finished 20 minutes later to a standing ovation, for one...

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...