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How intercropping helps farmer during dry periods

Shrinking land, recurring drought and poor prices due to glut are major impediments to agribusiness. But one farmer in Nyeri County has found a way of overcoming these hindrances, not out of training, but through the knowledge and experience gained from his past mistakes....

New pest ‘spreading rapidly’ wreaks havoc on crops

There is a new threat to maize production. Coming hot on the heels of highly-destructive pests and diseases such as Tuta Absoluta and the MLN virus is the armyworm caterpillar. Scientists announced in February that the armyworm was spreading rapidly across Africa and could...

Why you need to switch to chisel ploughing

Good land preparation is a key factor in good crop yields. Wellprepared soil ensures good water retention and drainage, as it controls weeds and ensures that plants are able to draw in all the available nutrients. It also provides a good environment for seeding...

Greening arid Turkana the Israeli way

Mention Turkana County and what spring to mind are images of a vast barren land where the only surviving vegetation is the drought-tolerant acacia trees. Many would consider it crazy for anyone to suggest that they want to head to this semi-arid region to...

Where tractors take a shower before heading to the farm

On an early morning, when most of us head to the bathroom to ready ourselves to go to work, a different category of “workers” are driven to the showers and cleaned up in unison before heading to the farm. Yes, they report to the...

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,...

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 have in the past disadvantaged pastoral communities. Community laws were not recognised and hence, were not enforceable. The communities’ institutions...

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 beyond his wildest imagination. In his 40 years of Irish potato growing, Mr Katamoki had never thought that a quarter...

Finding the ever elusive success in dairy farming

Dairy farming is a rewarding investment but majority of the people treat it too casually to realize any meaningful gain, observes Mwai Karenga, a farmer from Nyeri County. With 22 years experience in dairy farming, the farmer frowns at the numerous complaints about unaffordable...

Cassava peels as livestock fodder

Cassava is gaining serious recognition these days. Aside from being food for humans and a possible alternative to maize as an industrial crop for production of ethanol, and also being processed into starch and fructose for making sweets, this tuber, which has often been...

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...

Tractors for hire at the click of your phone

In Nairobi and other towns in Kenya, a new trend is catching on – the Uber phenomenon. Today, many people who had never used taxis before are dialing their phones for instant access to Uber, a service that guarantees them affordable rates, a comfortable...

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...

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 sell later is a sure means to better earnings. Similarly, a food trader who buys the produce in bulk at...

Climbing bean: A quick money Spinner

Mr Finelius Irungu has finally found his dream crop – climbing beans. For years, this tea farmer in Murang’a County had been going through his usual routine. He would wake up early, harvest his tea leaves and then wait a whole year for bonus...