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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...

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...

Reasons farmers have been experiencing low milk production

In April, a Smart Farmer team set out on a big mission. We wanted to find out why we were hearing so many voices of discontent about dairy farming. Though it is widely believed to be a highly profitable venture, many farmers have often complained...

METHIONINE, INDISPENSABLE IN POULTRY FEEDS

Poultry diet has enhanced a lot over the years. Though there are improvements made on the dietetic features, a lot many nutritional problems are still remaining unsolved and serve as a challenge to investigators in this poultry field worldwide. It is for this motive, the...
Online training for fish farmers

Online training for fish farmers

People wanting to establish fish farms can now access information and training at the click of a button. Farm Africa, a non-governmental organisation, has launched an online training portal for fish farmers with very encouraging results. “I have shifted from subsistence to commercial fish farming...

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 vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

Livestock keepers across the country have a reason to smile following the launch of a new vaccine that seeks to counter the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia disease (CBPP). The launch of the CBPP vaccine, a first against the deadly livestock lung disease recorded by regional scientists...

New rapid pregnancy test technology

Livestock farmers in Kenya can now easily confirm pregnancy in cows, following the introduction of a new rapid pregnancy test technology. The advanced “RapidVisual Pregnancy Test” enables dairy and beef producers to establish whether their animals have conceived or not, just 28 days after insemination. The...

Vital tips from urban dairy farmer’s success

for the rest of the month and year and tell mAs we drive on the dirt road off Kiminini shopping centre, in Trans Nzoia County, nothing prepares us for the urban farm and the animals we are about to see. We branch off through...

State-of-the-art hatchery in Naivasha for indigenous chickens

It takes a 15-minute drive from Naivasha Town to reach this highly guarded farm with a conspicuous ‘Mbwa Kali’ sign at the main gate. In an area best known for flower farming, this state-of-the-art chicken hatchery comes as a pleasant surprise. Located on a seven-acre...

Step by step how to keep layers

Keeping layers is a lucrative business. A minimum of 300 layers, experts say, is the least number one should keep to make good commercial sense. This could fetch you up to Ksh700,000 a year, while having 1,000 layers can rake in Ksh2.4million a year However,...

Fortunes from rabbit market search.

Thirty-year-old Bicham Waita, who rears rabbits, has weathered a storm, rising from despair to prosperity. Four years ago, he was a very distressed man having invested all his money and hope in rabbit keeping in his home in Kikuyu constituency, Kiambu County. Bicham had ventured...

ANIMAL FEED FROM GRASSHOPPERS

In a small room at a university in Nakuru County, two researchers are working on a unique innovation that is set to boost food security and provide farmers with fortified feed for their animals and a new source of revenue. Egerton University’s Dr John Nduko...

The pain of loss and anguish of donkey owners

A donkey to many people is just but another animal that does not raise any interest or thought. In fact, to some it is a nuisance. However, there are those for whom this much misunderstood animal means everything. To them, it is a beast of burden...

Device for drying cassava peels to make high value animal feed

Another interesting innovation showcased during the Postharvest Congress and Exhibition was Nigerian Dr Iheanacho Okike’s machine for drying and grading cassava peels. The innovation, which produces livestock feed from the peels, won the second prize. Dr Okike is a research scientist with the International Livestock...