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Do you Know Kenya’s number one woman farmer?

Selling cabbages is not the kind of profession that would fascinate a teenager. Images of a doctor with a stethoscope, a lawyer in court; a pilot or a superstar musician would be more appealing. But Judy Wangeci was inspired by a trader who came...
Maize plantation

Uasin Gishu Maize Farmers weighing their options

Farmers in Uasin Gishu county are unhappy because some still hold last year's stock in their stores, while others are yet to dispose their 2017 stock. Low prices, lack of subsidised fertilisers and limiting of the amount of maize that farmers can supply to the...

Kshs56 million boost to scale up supply of precooked beans aimed at cutting down...

Canada and Australia plan to pump Kshs56 million to promote the supply and use of pre-cooked beans in Africa. The initiative will improve food and nutrition security, income generation and environmental conservation. The precooked beans which take about 15 minutes to cook will reduce consumption...

Extended partnership to deliver high-yielding, disease-resistant finger millet to farmers

Farmers can soon access finger millet varieties that not only withstand drought but are also resistant to parasites and diseases. This is due to the boost received from a finger millet Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) pre-breeding project led by the International Crops Research Institute for...

Seed industry developing better varieties, but has to work on how to get to...

Most smallholder farmers- especially those in Africa, do not have access to quality seeds. A study- The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies, published by the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation, evaluated the activities of 13 global seed companies, to shine a...

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...

Shortage of fertilisers sends flower industry into panic

Sitting in his office at the Green House on Ngong Road, Nairobi, Mr Clement Tulezi, the chief executive officer, Kenya Flower Council, stares at his phone. His fingers occasionally flick at the screen of his smart phone. He is neither checking his email nor...

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...

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...
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...

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...
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...

World-first Hands Free Hectare project plants and harvests without operators on the machines

The Hands-free Hectare projects free Hectare project in the UK has successfully harvested a hectare of winter wheat using their autonomous combine harvester, without operators on the machines or agronomists in the field. The project which began two years ago, and also achieved unloading on...

Prioritise food safety as part of ‘Big Four Agenda’-Greenpeace Africa now tells state

The past few months have seen increased cases of sub-standard food imports into Kenya. From sugar that contains mercury to expired rice, to oil that does not meet the required standards. And worse still, experts are now raising alarm over a lot of milk products and...

GOVERNMENT PAYS FARMERS FOR LAST YEAR MAIZE DELIVERIES

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Andrew Tuimur has announced that the government has remunerated Sh1.4 billion as part of imbursement to farmers for maize supplies to National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for the year 2017. 500 farmers out of...