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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...

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...

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...

WORLD’S VEGETABLES PRODUCTION TO FALL IN 20 YEARS

Vegetable supply in the world could decline by a third in the next 20 years if urgent action is not taken to battle climate change. According to a new study by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, average yields of crops such as soy...

TIPS ON STARTING YOUR OWN PERMACULTURE GARDEN

Many people visit restaurants or friends and one look at their beautiful gardens suddenly awakens a resolve in them to emulate them, or maintain at least three potted plants. For those who have been wishing to plant something but never got round to doing it;...

Precision Farming: A better understanding

When people hear ‘precision farming’ or ‘precision agriculture’, they immediately think about ‘computers’. A wise man once said: “If you don’t measure, you don’t know”. This brings us to the next questions; “What is there to measure?”, and “What is there to know?” Precision agriculture...

Main sticking points in GMO debate

Genetically modified foods are derived from organisms whose genetic material has been changed in a way that does not occur naturally. Changes in DNA are introduced through genetic engineering in biotechnology. This involves inserting a recombinant DNA into an organism, removing a specific gene...

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,...
An App to give knowledge support in the fight of Fall Armyworm.

An App to give knowledge support in the fight of Fall Armyworm.

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 Organization (FAO) will report the level of infestation, map the spread of this destructive pest as...
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...
The path for Downy mildew and Botrytis gets harder.

The path for Downy mildew and Botrytis gets harder.

Farmers who have been battling with downy mildew and botrytis recently received a boost with the launch of NoPath by Koppert Biological Systems. Its unique blend of ingredients helps to suppress plant diseases by disrupting several metabolic and biochemical processes in bacterial and fungal...