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Jackfruit is the new gold at the coast

Seventy-three-year-old Abdalla Myega’s name readily comes up when one is looking for prominent Jackfruit farmers at the coast. He is a resident of Mkonowa Ndugu Village in Kikoneni, Pongwe Ward in Lunga Lunga Sub-County of Kwale County. The farmer may not be able to easily...

Hi am about to go into labour… Suzie your cow.

You are in your sitting room in the evening resting. Suddenly, your phone buzzes. It is a message from your cow Suzie telling you that she is on heat or about to go on labour. Quickly, you alert your farmhands and they get into...

NAKURU AGRITECHTALKS EXCITE YOUTH AND FARMERS

The second AgritechTalks organised by Smart Farmer Africa, publishers of the Smart Farmer magazine in partnership with Nakuru County took off smoothly yesterday. The Opening ceremony was officiated the United Nation's Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO)  Country Representative, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema who said that technology...

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...

Blue Economy set to boost Kenya’s fishing industry

Fishing industry is set for growth after years of neglect and near collapse. Kenyan fishermen will benefit more from their work due to the blue economy initiative. Fish stocks have been declining, due to a number of factors including over fishing, changes in temperature, ocean...
Stakeholders concerned about the government’s unilateral decision to adopt genetically modified crops

Stakeholders concerned about the government’s unilateral decision to adopt genetically modified crops

A number of players in the agricultural sector are demanding for a multisectorial dialogue and participation processes whenever policy positions are made in regards to the sector. In a joint press statement read on Thursday, November 15th at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, The Route to...
Poultry imports slowly crippling the local farmers

Poultry imports slowly crippling the local farmers

Stakeholders of the Kenyan poultry and animal feeds industry registered their worries, about poultry imports into the country. Officials from the Kenya Poultry Breeders Association, Kenya Poultry Farmers Association and Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers, felt that the government had failed to consider current production...

Small scale farmers to get USD 9.4 million courtesy of Musoni and USAID

Small holder farmers will now benefit from a loan portfolio guarantee agreement between Musoni Microfinance Limited and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Musoni Microfinance, will through this risk mitigation agreement, develop and roll out innovative financial loan products, to increase access to credit...

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...

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...
A Roadmap For Agri-Business Investing In Agricultural Land

A ROADMAP FOR AGRI-BUSINESS INVESTING IN AGRICULTURAL LAND

A New digital platform that provides step-by-step instructions for implementing international standards that recognize and protect land rights has been launched today. The platform- Resource Platform for Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) designed by The global land rights group, Landesa, with support from the Department...
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...
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...

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...

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...