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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...
New vaccine to counter Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia Disease launched

Feeding your cows on too much grains can be dangerous

Feeding is key in a dairy enterprise. High-yielding animals require a lot of energy to sustain their bodies and produce at the desired level....
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...

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...
Pig farming

How Sh3,500 found on road turned around a pig breeding project

Five years ago, Joseph Kariuki was a troubled farmer to the point of wanting to give up his dream project of pig breeding. It...

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...

Growing maize not profitable for smallholders, study shows

A recent report by researchers in the agricultural sector paints a grim picture of how farmers of this staple crop continue to earn negligible...

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...

Potassium: The forgotten soil nutrient that is key to increased yield

September of 2016 is a month Mr Partimayo Katamoki is not likely to forget soon. It was his season for a bumper harvest far...

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...

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...

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...

New Community Land Act: A big relief to pastoralists, farmers and investors

A study carried out by Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development showed that the country’s legal framework and institutions that govern community land...

Hermetic bags solution to postharvest losses

It’s the dream of every farmer to realise a bumper harvest and sell produce at a good price. At times, storing the crop to...

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...