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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...

How to make your own natural pesticides

The best time to spray is early in the morning and evening to avoid disintegration from the sun and to killing predators and beneficial insects. Blackjack Crush a handful of mature blackjack seeds, add water and boil for 10 minutes then leave it to cool....

Fair deal for coffee farmers

Coffee farmers under Fairtrade agreements received between eight and 26 times higher prices than those not affiliated to the global body, researchers at the UK’s University of Greenwich say. The same group is also two to three times more likely to have access to training...

Drones in agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are being used to get visual images of rice fields and to gather information more accurately. Rice researchers have been using drones to collect field data on various indicators of the nitrogen growth status, greenness of the leaf and...

Phone Apps for Smart Farmers.

The surge in smartphone ownership is riding on the back of the over 90 per cent mobile penetration in the country, according to data from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). By June last year, mobile subscriptions had reached 39.7 per cent of...

New DNA machine set to improve plant breeding.

A new DNA sequencing machine that is set to revolutionise plant breeding in the country, was recently unveiled at the Nairobi-based African Orphan Crops Consortium Laboratory (AOCC lab) at the World Agroforestry Centre headquarters in Nairobi. The first of its kind on the continent,...

Pest attacks set to rise due to climate change

pest attacks are bound to increase as climate change adversely affects agriculture, researchers at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, are warning. Working under the Climate Change Impacts on Ecology Services and Food Security in East Africa (CHIESA) project,...

Simple ways of controlling banana wilt

Simple practices such as destroying infected plants, removing the male buds and disinfecting farm tools are effective measures of controlling the devastating banana wilt diseases, according to Biodiversity International, an organisation working with farmers in the East African region. In collaboration with McKnight Foundation,...
The conference also coincides with the launch of GODAN’s initiative the Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack.info)

Nairobi to host Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and...

Nairobi is set to host a high profile agri-conference,convening business leaders and governments from the G77, including 100 Agriculture Ministers from 14th – 16th June at Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi . The conference is the largest event held in the world to bring together...

Coffee Farmers enjoy high returns.

Over 42,000 farmers,members of 12 Farmers’ Cooperative Societies (FCSs) in Nyeri, Murang’a, Embu, Kirinyaga, Kiambu and Meru County, received a combined amount of Sh630million which was paid in May 2017 for a total amount of 7.3million kilogrammes of cherry that was delivered by the...

KENYA TO HOST 2017 INTERNATIONAL FLOWER TRADE EXPO

Flower industry fraternity will converge in Nairobi for a three-day International Flower Trade & Exhibition that opens on Wednesday June 7, 2017, at Oshwal Centre, Parklands opposite Nakumatt Ukay at 10 am. On display will be flowers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda...
Agrico and Multicrop are installing new Centre pivots on 1500 ha of Sugar Cane at Mansa Sugar in Northern Zambia

Farmers in Zambia and the surrounding countries to be offered with irrigation and farming...

Two organisations,Agrico together with Multicrop are set to offers farmers in Zambia and the surrounding countries, state of the art irrigation and farming equipment, the latest web control technology, flexible payment terms and a strong local presence and support. “We are currently...

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....

A grain silo that’s godsend to smallholders

Storing a smallholder’s grain, especially maize, for the family’s consumption, has always been a major challenge, with weevils, rats and all sorts of pests causing untold damage and losses. Though families have often used different methods to keep their produce safe from pests, for...

Drying produce to boost quality and shelf-life

With up to 30 to 40 per cent of the food we produce going to waste after harvest, efforts to prevent these losses are being stepped up. As farmers are being encouraged to improve their storage and post-harvest handling practices; others are taking the...