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How to start a successful agribusiness: Finances

Production is largely a technical process. If you copy the practices of the best farmers and keep abreast of advances in technology, chances are you will also be a good producer. However, there are a number of questions you must ponder before you get...

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...

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....

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...

Is sugar beet the solution to Kenya’s sugar woes?

For years now, Kenya has been grappling with a litany of crises that continue to afflict the sugar sector. They range from low production, delayed payments to farmers, high consumer prices and loss of revenue to government as sugar smugglers cash in on the...

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...

Optimising protein use of high production dairy cattle

It is estimated that by 2020, the annual demand for milk and dairy products in the developing countries will stand at 391 million tonnes. This will be more than double the dairy product needs of 168 million tonnes recorded in 1998. The rise 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...

The wonders of radish for your health and pocket.

At about one-and-a-half feet tall, the evenly distributed vegetation beckons from a distance. And as you get closer, they appear to be changing in colour from dark green to cabbage white. But that is not all — its leafy stem resembles that of carrots,...

Two-hour ‘catwalk’with fashion supermodel, now superfarmer on her farm.

She has shared the catwalk with the likes of international supermodels Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, has travelled to some 33 countries across the globe and has graced the fashion stages in London, Turkey, Paris and New York. Yet, Flora Sevensson, a supermodel in...

Easy-to-use pregnancy diagnosis kit for cows

The long wait to know whether or not your cow is pregnant after insemination is almost over, following the unveiling of a test kit that can detect pregnancy and embryo mortality 20 days after it is served. The kit, which has been developed by...

Ex-teacher reaping from working the land

Years ago, Koimbia Muritu was a secondary schoolteacher, but he was unhappy. Though he loved the profession, Mr Muritu, then 30, had always dreamt about becoming an accomplished farmer. He wanted to do more with his life. What he earned from his teaching job...

Yieldwise: Rockefeller’s US$130m food loss and food waste initiative

For years, many organisations and governments have focused on food production, where use of quality seed; application of fertilisers and boosting of soil quality among other things have been highly promoted. These have been important and necessary components of helping to ensure food security...

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...

A wind-cum-solar dryer that can dry fish day or night.

When her husband died in 2013, Ms Leonida Awiti inherited a fishing boat and a net. Like most of the other inhabitants of Muhuru Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria, who depend largely on fishing, the 43-year-old mother of four knew that her...