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The pain of loss and anguish of donkey owners

A donkey to many people is just but another animal that does not raise any interest or thought. In fact, to some it is a nuisance. However, there are those for whom this much misunderstood animal means everything. To them, it is a beast of burden...

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....

Fair deal for coffee farmers

Coffee farmers under Fairtrade agreements received between eight and 26 times higher prices than those not affiliated to the global body, researchers at the UK’s University of Greenwich say. The same group is also two to three times more likely to have access to training...

Drones in agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are being used to get visual images of rice fields and to gather information more accurately. Rice researchers have been using drones to collect field data on various indicators of the nitrogen growth status, greenness of the leaf and...

Excessive use of antibiotics threat to livestock

About 40 to 80 per cent of the antibiotics used on livestock are not necessary, experts say. The misuse of drugs on animals and humans, they warn, can lead to drug resistance. During a recent meeting held in Nairobi it emerged that resistance to drugs...

Tilapia virus disease

Once thought to be disease-resistant, tilapia is being ravaged by a new virus that has seen a big decline in its population in Egypt and other parts of the world. Tilapia remains the most popular fish species reared in fish ponds in Kenya and...

How resilient farmers are beating climate change.

With the effects of a changing climate being deeply felt, farmers in Machakos County are adopting ingenious ways of coping with the vagaries of the weather. Earlier this year, the national government declared the drought that was ravaging the country a national disaster, said...

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...

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...

10 uses of eggshells you did not know …

It is hard to believe that those shells we throw away, immediately after breaking actually have uses. Egg shells contain a very high amount of calcium; therefore, can be used in several ways. 1 A calcium boost for tomatoes: Blossom-end-rot is a tomato disease caused...
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 was not until a timely ‘godly’ intervention changed everything and today, he is one of the successful breeders at his...

Egg hatching turns into money spinner for medic

T he nurse, who quit his job to try his hand at agribusiness, is now raking in Ksh120,000 monthly from hatching chickens. All Mr Martin Mau does is to gather eggs and put them in an incubator, wait for them to hatch and sell...

Tips to milking your cows the right way

Milking is one thing many farmers take for granted, yet experts say it determines the quality and quantity of milk production, as well as your cow’s health. Godfrey Awinda, from Egerton University, gives advice on how to go about it the right way. •...

New DNA machine set to improve plant breeding.

A new DNA sequencing machine that is set to revolutionise plant breeding in the country, was recently unveiled at the Nairobi-based African Orphan Crops Consortium Laboratory (AOCC lab) at the World Agroforestry Centre headquarters in Nairobi. The first of its kind on the continent,...

Pest attacks set to rise due to climate change

pest attacks are bound to increase as climate change adversely affects agriculture, researchers at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, are warning. Working under the Climate Change Impacts on Ecology Services and Food Security in East Africa (CHIESA) project,...