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Flooded roads breathe life into farms

In these times of drought and climate change, with water scarcity becoming prevalent, it is imperative that we harvest and save whatever little water we can find. There are various ways of going about it. However, one very interesting innovation that has received little...

How intercropping helps farmer during dry periods

Shrinking land, recurring drought and poor prices due to glut are major impediments to agribusiness. But one farmer in Nyeri County has found a way of overcoming these hindrances, not out of training, but through the knowledge and experience gained from his past mistakes....

New pest ‘spreading rapidly’ wreaks havoc on crops

There is a new threat to maize production. Coming hot on the heels of highly-destructive pests and diseases such as Tuta Absoluta and the MLN virus is the armyworm caterpillar. Scientists announced in February that the armyworm was spreading rapidly across Africa and could...

Why you need to switch to chisel ploughing

Good land preparation is a key factor in good crop yields. Wellprepared soil ensures good water retention and drainage, as it controls weeds and ensures that plants are able to draw in all the available nutrients. It also provides a good environment for seeding...

Greening arid Turkana the Israeli way

Mention Turkana County and what spring to mind are images of a vast barren land where the only surviving vegetation is the drought-tolerant acacia trees. Many would consider it crazy for anyone to suggest that they want to head to this semi-arid region to...

Governments urged to set up Agricultural Production and Processing Zones

County and national governments have been urged to consider setting up agricultural production and processing zones where investors willing to invest in food production and value addition can be given tax holidays to produce affordable food in designated zones. Following a model similar to...

Tea farmers and staff of factory tree farms to benefit from Financial Literacy programe

About 330,000 smallholder tea farmers and staff of factory tree farms countrywide are set to benefit from Financial Literacy programme be The Kenya Tea Development Agency Management Service Ltd (KTDA-MS). The three year programme is built on three pillars, namely, curriculum development, training of...

The wonders of radish for your health and pocket.

At about one-and-a-half feet tall, the evenly distributed vegetation beckons from a distance. And as you get closer, they appear to be changing in colour from dark green to cabbage white. But that is not all — its leafy stem resembles that of carrots,...

Aphids, the sap sucking disasters

It is a common sight in many crop farms that cause a lot of irritation, distress and disappointment – vegetable leaves or plants curl up, wilt or turn yellow and stop growing despite all the love you’ve shown them with fertilisation, watering and working...

Potassium: The forgotten soil nutrient that is key to increased yield

September of 2016 is a month Mr Partimayo Katamoki is not likely to forget soon. It was his season for a bumper harvest far beyond his wildest imagination. In his 40 years of Irish potato growing, Mr Katamoki had never thought that a quarter...

Worrying levels of Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin prevalence is so acute in Kenya that some major industries would be forced to shut down, if international standards were to be strictly enforced. This is the worrying message from recent research findings on the cost and health implications of aflatoxin in the...

Cassava peels as livestock fodder

Cassava is gaining serious recognition these days. Aside from being food for humans and a possible alternative to maize as an industrial crop for production of ethanol, and also being processed into starch and fructose for making sweets, this tuber, which has often been...

Is sugar beet the solution to Kenya’s sugar woes?

For years now, Kenya has been grappling with a litany of crises that continue to afflict the sugar sector. They range from low production, delayed payments to farmers, high consumer prices and loss of revenue to government as sugar smugglers cash in on the...

Tractors for hire at the click of your phone

In Nairobi and other towns in Kenya, a new trend is catching on – the Uber phenomenon. Today, many people who had never used taxis before are dialing their phones for instant access to Uber, a service that guarantees them affordable rates, a comfortable...

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...

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NEW PHONE APP GUIDES PASTORALISTS TO GREEN PASTURES AND WATER.

Afriscout – a revolutionary phone application for pastoralists to find pasture and water using the power of satellite and mobile technology has been  launched...

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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...

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