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How youth can turn the tables in agribusiness

Many young people see agriculture as boring, tiresome and a dirty job, while their friends do not make things any better with their sly glances whenever one shows an interest in farming. And to the community? The general belief is that those engaged in agriculture...

Imports: Why are local farmers crying?

A young poultry farmer recently got everyone talking on Facebook. She was distraught and desperately sought assistance on where to sell her eggs. Having gone through the tedious and challenging task of raising her layers successfully, she was stuck at the last stop on her...

How to give antibiotics to your livestock

Since their discovery, antibiotics have played a pivotal role in modern medicine. However, the inappropriate and widespread use of antibiotics in animals and humans has led to antibiotic residues being found in foods of animal origin. The growing threat of antibiotic resistance is being widely...

New cricket species offers agribusiness opportunity

Kenyans will soon taste the newly-discovered edible cricket, according to researchers working at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi. The species, Scapsipedus icipe, gives great promise for mass production for human consumption and inclusion as an alternative protein ingredient in...

How to manage your farm better with your phone

Peter is a manager with a company in Nairobi. He has a five-acre farm somewhere in Nyandarua. That is where he grew up. Some of his friends have started farming as a side hustle. They all talk about how profitable it is, and Peter...

Revolving Fund to help Agribusiness

Micro, small and medium agribusinesses in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are set to benefit, following the launch of a new revolving fund to boost their growth. Private sponsors from Netherlands, through the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) launched the fund, known as ‘stitching’ Africa Agribusiness Academy...

Jackfruit is the new gold at the coast

Seventy-three-year-old Abdalla Myega’s name readily comes up when one is looking for prominent Jackfruit farmers at the coast. He is a resident of Mkonowa Ndugu Village in Kikoneni, Pongwe Ward in Lunga Lunga Sub-County of Kwale County. The farmer may not be able to easily...

Hi am about to go into labour… Suzie your cow.

You are in your sitting room in the evening resting. Suddenly, your phone buzzes. It is a message from your cow Suzie telling you that she is on heat or about to go on labour. Quickly, you alert your farmhands and they get into...
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Budget: More money for Agriculture means more Food Production

An upsurge in population in the cities and the changing dietary inclinations have necessitated increased investment in agriculture. It is, therefore, prudent that the government ensure that the agricultural sector is adequately funded to boost production. Despite previous international conventions such as Maputo Declaration to increase...

The Mobile App that leads you to water and pasture

Picture losing your phone and having to search for it throughout your house… Now imagine if you had to search for it, not only in your home but in 6,000 other homes as well. This is the scenario that pastoralists are faced with everyday as...

Pain of importing commodities, and how it’s killing agribusiness

Over the past few years, Kenya’s neigh - bours have been aggressively carrying out what experts call ‘predatory pricing’ on special commodities and crops, and edging out local traders and farmers. From rice, maize, eggs, onions, to most recently, fish imports, several of the...
New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

Livestock keepers across the country have a reason to smile following the launch of a new vaccine that seeks to counter the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia disease (CBPP). The launch of the CBPP vaccine, a first against the deadly livestock lung disease recorded by regional scientists...
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...