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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 diseases, according to Biodiversity International, an organisation working with farmers in the East African region. In collaboration with McKnight Foundation,...

AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS & GODAN AGREE TO HISTORIC DECLARATION IN KENYA FOR COMPREHENSIVE OPEN DATA...

The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative together with the Government of Kenya and 15 African Ministers have agreed to a declaration for comprehensive open data collaboration in the nutrition and agriculture sectors, to combat the global food security crisis. The...
The conference also coincides with the launch of GODAN’s initiative the Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack.info)

Nairobi to host Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and...

Nairobi is set to host a high profile agri-conference,convening business leaders and governments from the G77, including 100 Agriculture Ministers from 14th – 16th June at Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi . The conference is the largest event held in the world to bring together...

Yoghurt project set to transform dairy farming.

Dairy farmers can now make their own yoghurt in the comfort of their homes, thanks to a new initiative by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology at Ruiru. There is a new yoghurt-making technology that employs fermenting bacterium (Lactobacillus Rhamnosus or GR-1), which...

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...

Zebra melon turning out to be a real money spinner

This fruit has many names and both farmers and consumers have yet to settle on the most appropriate one. But they at least agree on one thing – that the fruit is a real money spinner, with a kilo fetching as much as Ksh300....

Farmers decry low budget allocation on agriculture.

Farmers’ hopes of improved production have once again been shattered following a low budget allocation in the 2016/2017 financial year. Expectations were high that the government would provide more incentives to develop the agriculture sector, which contributes 25 per cent of the GDP. Last...

A chat with Davis & Shirtliff CEO on what the firm has on offer...

Recently, Davis & Shirtliff announced big price cuts on a variety of products to make this Easter celebration a little more special for many Kenyans, including farmers. This set us thinking more about this company renowned for its water pumps and borehole equipment. During...

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...

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 being stepped up. As farmers are being encouraged to improve their storage and post-harvest handling practices; others are taking the...

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...

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...

Flooded roads breathe life into farms

In these times of drought and climate change, with water scarcity becoming prevalent, it is imperative that we harvest and save whatever little water we can find. There are various ways of going about it. However, one very interesting innovation that has received little...
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. Many farmers, therefore, resort to providing carbohydrate- rich feeds, especially grains. They include maize, barley, wheat, and oats. Given in...

Wastewater could be solution for water scarcity in agriculture

Waste water could hold the key to increased food production, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The UN body notes that effluent from homes and factories directed to sewer lines is normally treated as garbage, but it is hightime stakeholders in agriculture started...