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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...
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,...

Unique red fleshed apples hit the Australian apple market.

IFORED Consortium members have developed and harvested new apples with coloured flesh, from pink to intense red. The production, developed under the Kissabel® project, is currently in the test stage and aims at harvesting the first commercial quantities within the next three years. Expectations are high,...
Delegates from over 60 countries that Kenya exports flowers attend expo-IFTEX.

Delegates from over 60 countries that Kenya exports flowers attend expo-IFTEX.

Kenya held the 7th international flower trade expo-IFTEX held at Oshwal and Religious Centre, Westlands Nairobi. The occasion opened doors to over 6000 delegates for the show of the International Flower Trade Expo (IFTEX), a fair that seeks to connect international buyers with local...
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...

SECRETS OF BETTER YIELDS IN GROWING POTATOES

Many Kenyan farmers harvest five to seven tonnes from an acre, according to available statistics. This is by far short of the optimal yield of between 16 and  20 tonnes or up to 400 sacks of 50 kilos. At a cost of Ksh1,500 per...

Vegetables saved my life and keep me healthy

He is one of the few people in the world who suffer from Dermatological Myositis, an auto immune disease, which is a devastating illness. It has no cure and suffering from it is literally a death sentence. Dennis believes he is alive today because of...
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...

Potato farmers to benefit from new Nyandarua reasearch and production centre

Potato farmers are set to benefit from the construction of a research and production centre in Nyandarua County, which will guarantee farmers quality, climate, disease and pest-resistant seeds. This has been facilitated by the European Union in partnership with the county government. Former Governor Daniel...

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...

Locust warning time boost

A new technology has been developed to improve the warning time for locusts to just two months. Desert locust experts at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), have developed the new tool to help monitor and reduce...