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Pepino Melon- the hidden treasure.

It has a light-yellow to light-green skin, with purple strips. When ripe, its flesh is golden yellow with a cucumber or melon-like texture. The Pepino melon, a mildly flavoured fruit that tastes like a mix of banana and pear, has lately been attracting a lot...
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...

How to plant Cassava

Plant clean materials from reputable breeders The plant requires soft, wellprepared soil for easy penetration of roots and double digging is highly recommended Recommended spacing is 1x1 metre square Make furrows measuring one foot wide and about three quarters of a foot deep ...

Bag technology that could keep cassava fresh for days unveiled

The first-ever all-Africa post-harvest congress and exhibition was held in Nairobi in March. It was organised by a consortium of universities, research and development institutions. They included the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the World Food Preservation Centre under the leadership of the...

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

Tips on how to curb Armyworm

Recently, FAW has spread to Southern and Eastern Africa and has brought havoc to maize farmers. In Kenya, the fall armyworm (Spodopterafrugiperda) is becoming a nightmare to cereal farmers especially in Tranzoia, Vi-higa, Kakamega, Kisii, UasinGishu, Nandi, Kericho, Baringo and Kilifi. “FAW damages corn plants in...
Insect sends chills down the spines of chilli farmers, but there is hope

Insect sends chills down the spines of chilli farmers, but there is hope

One afternoon in September last year, while inspecting their onehectare chilli farm, Mr Daniel Agawo, the general manager of Jim’s Fresh Vegetables, got a call from the Kenya Plant Health and Inspectorate Services (Kephis). At first, there was no alarm as it was not unusual...

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,...

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...

Using minimum water to grow rice

Kenya produces only 12 per cent of the annual rice consumption with the deficit being filled through imports. Whereas the country is capable of producing surplus, water shortage remains the major hindrance. A new technology that saves water could offer the ultimate solution. Rice production...

Growing broccoli is a lucrative undertaking

It matures within only 60 to 65 days, and with proper strategy and planning, a farmer can grow them three times a year on the same piece of land, while practicing crop rotation, preferably with legumes. Aside from these, as long as you have an...

Hermetic bags solution to postharvest losses

It’s the dream of every farmer to realise a bumper harvest and sell produce at a good price. At times, storing the crop to sell later is a sure means to better earnings. Similarly, a food trader who buys the produce in bulk at...

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...

Macademia is as precious as gold in the world of nuts

They are tasty, exotic nuts rich flavour. And, in the world of nuts and berries, they are almost as precious as gold. These are macadamia nuts introduced in Kenya more than 60 years ago. Besides being delicious, they are packed with nutritional value. They...

Zebra melon turning out to be a real money spinner

This fruit has many names and both farmers and consumers have yet to settle on the most appropriate one. But they at least agree on one thing – that the fruit is a real money spinner, with a kilo fetching as much as Ksh300....