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Farming giving ex-convicts a new lease of life

After serving three years at Lang’ata Women Prison in Nairobi between 2012 and 2014, Ms Sheila Kiprono did not want to go back home. The former banker simply did not know where to start. Coming from a wealthy family, she had risen through the...

Retired police officer finds solace in growing oranges

When he retired ten years ago, Police Constable Bernard Muhia did not know how and where to invest his lifetime savings and retirement money. Initially, he joined thousands of Kenyan who were duped into investing their hard-earned cash in pyramid schemes, and lost a...

Sweet aroma of coffee is Java’s success story

After posting a success story in Kenya, Java Coffee House is set to expand across Africa, having been rebranded as Java House Africa. Smart Farmer Writer Mwangi Ndirangu had a candid conversation with CEO Kevin Ashley on the impressive growth of this establishment founded...

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...

Why her coffee farm has become a source of inspiration to many

While many frustrated coffee farmers were abandoning their crop or uprooting it altogether, Mrs Njambi Wachira was doing the exact opposite — leasing the abandoned farms and breathing life back into them. Nothing will separate this mother of two from her coffee farm, neither the...

Solar irrigation system gives hope to farmers in arid areas

In an area where pastoralism is the main economic activity due to low rainfall, crop farming is turning out to be lucrative for those who irrigate their land In the vast parched grasslands of Kajiado County, a contrasting spectacle stands out. The “green oasis” is...

Access to water and markets givibng farmers new lifeline

Somewhere, deep in Ukambani, Peter Manyambu is a happy man. For a long time, as far back as he can remember, he had nothing to do. He was mostly idle on the farm, having no water or rains if any, to grow crops on...

How a tout moved from hitting the road to eating from the road

Seventeen years ago, Ndiritu Marimu, was a popular tout (bus/ matatu conductors), having joined the industry at a very tender age. It was a job he had done for decades, waking up before his children, and going back home long after they had been...

Did you know pigeon peas can either make or break marriages?

Grown by farmers across the country, legumes feature regularly on many Kenyan dinner tables. Unknown to many, one particular legume has held a special, almost ceremonial place at the dinner table longer than the rest, and literally bonded destinies of entire communities − pigeon...

Are you growing the right potato for the right use ?

Did you know that Kenya imports potatoes? Perhaps, but this might come as a surprise to some, considering the large tracks of land, good soil and pleasant weather that the country enjoys. Many farmers also grow potatoes and sell them at the market. But...

Tips on Onion Farming

Small scale onion farming in Kenya is gaining popularity. It is also becoming popular because it is affordable to start and its returns are high Onion farming in Kenya can be done in greenhouses and open gardens. The most commonly used onion is the bulb...

Our thriving farm on the wall

Lush-green, shiny and healthy looking plants (kales) greet you as you walk into Mrs Nelly Wasike’s compound in Nairobi South ‘B’. There are beautiful potted flowers of all kinds and other plants competing for space with cars, but what strikes a visitor most, are...

Hydroponics: Growing crops without soil

The less than 10-minute drive to Lake Flower Company located at the heart of the sprawling Kihoto Estate in Naivasha is nothing to write home about. It is a stretch with smelly garbage heaps littering all over the back street of the densely populated...

From the cotton fields to House of Manji and produce exporter

He is better known as the face behind the gaint biscuit company, House of Manji, and also has a hand in the operations of Britannia Allied Industries, real estate, agriculture and pharmaceuticals, both in Kenya and Uganda. In Nyanza, locals see Dawda Hasmukh first as...

Tips on Growing Sunflower

Sunflower constitutes one of the most important oil crops marketed in Kenya . It is growth habits are either dwarf or tall The tall varieties which are often local and open pollinated grow up to a height of between 1.5 and 2.4 metres. Their...