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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...
Stakeholders concerned about the government’s unilateral decision to adopt genetically modified crops

Stakeholders concerned about the government’s unilateral decision to adopt genetically modified crops

A number of players in the agricultural sector are demanding for a multisectorial dialogue and participation processes whenever policy positions are made in regards to the sector. In a joint press statement read on Thursday, November 15th at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, The Route to...

World-first Hands Free Hectare project plants and harvests without operators on the machines

The Hands-free Hectare projects free Hectare project in the UK has successfully harvested a hectare of winter wheat using their autonomous combine harvester, without operators on the machines or agronomists in the field. The project which began two years ago, and also achieved unloading on...
The three innovators from L-R Anastasia Kaschenko, Beth Koigi and Clare Sewell.

Harvesting water from air made easier

Some 700 million people lack access to clean drinking water worldwide, 319 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, nearly 12 million people do not get adequate clean drinking water. Driven by the spirit of innovation and social responsibility, three young women, Beth Koigi...

Counties seek solution to green gram market crisis

A few months ago, farmers in four green gram producing counties - Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi and Meru - were a happy lot. The harvest was good, and they looked forward to a windfall. It did not happen. Today, overproduction of the legume has wiped...

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...

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...

Women’s group benefits from making potato crisps

In Ndaragua, a few kilometres from the Nyeri-Nakuru highway, a group of women have found prosperity in potato value addition. Thanks to the potato crisps, which they produce, today, each member has a dairy cow, electricity connection at home and water harvesting projects. Most importantly,...

Fortunes from rabbit market search.

Thirty-year-old Bicham Waita, who rears rabbits, has weathered a storm, rising from despair to prosperity. Four years ago, he was a very distressed man having invested all his money and hope in rabbit keeping in his home in Kikuyu constituency, Kiambu County. Bicham had ventured...

Eggs are nature’s vitamin pills

Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and vitamins A, B, D & E; described by nutritionists, as a large vitamin pill – a mineral cocktail, they contain all the essential vitamins and...

ANIMAL FEED FROM GRASSHOPPERS

In a small room at a university in Nakuru County, two researchers are working on a unique innovation that is set to boost food security and provide farmers with fortified feed for their animals and a new source of revenue. Egerton University’s Dr John Nduko...
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the partners of the new AGCO Agribusiness Program on 25 September. From left to right: Simon Mwangi, CEO/Founder The Bridge Africa Group Ltd, Kenya; AGCO’s Nuradin Osman; Dr George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School and Dr Andy Wilcox, Head of Crop & Environment Science, Harper Adams University, UK.

New Agribusiness course open to students throughout Africa

About 25 African students aged 20-30 will benefit from a new agribusiness course known as the AGCO Agribusiness Program (AAP) and thereafter get job opportunities  at  AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment) the program will be conducted in partnership with a...

value added expo and science congress

Value addition and innovation were themes that rung out simultaneously at the Kenyatta International Conference Center during the better end of May, where a science congress by students and universities was taking place, while a value addition conference and exhibition progressed. The exhibition, which saw...