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Kshs56 million boost to scale up supply of precooked beans aimed at cutting down...

Canada and Australia plan to pump Kshs56 million to promote the supply and use of pre-cooked beans in Africa. The initiative will improve food and nutrition security, income generation and environmental conservation. The precooked beans which take about 15 minutes to cook will reduce consumption...

New cutting edge biological pest controls enter the Tanzanian market.

Flower and vegetable growers in Tanzania, now have a wider range of biological pest control products to choose from thanks to the entry of Dudutech biological products, into the market. The portfolio approved by Tanzanian authorities, includes beneficial mites and fungi used to sustainably protect...

African agricultural transformation agenda- Digitalisation is underplayed

Leveraging on technology to increase access to information, could help farmers boost their incomes by up to 60 per cent, and create much needed employment opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector. Although smallholders produce around 70 per cent of Africa’s food supplies, only 60...

Seed industry developing better varieties, but has to work on how to get to...

Most smallholder farmers- especially those in Africa, do not have access to quality seeds. A study- The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies, published by the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation, evaluated the activities of 13 global seed companies, to shine a...

How researchers and farmers ensure your plate of chips is safe to eat and...

The importance of the potato meal on the table for many Kenyans cannot be overstated. It is a delicacy that ranks second most important after maize, giving farmers a reliable crop to reap returns from. However, to get maximum returns, it is critical for farmers...

George Muga: Shows you don’t need a pond to be a fish farmer!

One fish farmer’s hatchery innovation in Awach Village of Kendu Bay, Homa Bay County, is not only a spectacle to behold, but is also yielding handsome returns for him. Using a couple of jugs to hold fish eggs, a basin for collecting fry and a...

Imports: Why are local farmers crying?

A young poultry farmer recently got everyone talking on Facebook. She was distraught and desperately sought assistance on where to sell her eggs. Having gone through the tedious and challenging task of raising her layers successfully, she was stuck at the last stop on her...

Shortage of fertilisers sends flower industry into panic

Sitting in his office at the Green House on Ngong Road, Nairobi, Mr Clement Tulezi, the chief executive officer, Kenya Flower Council, stares at his phone. His fingers occasionally flick at the screen of his smart phone. He is neither checking his email nor...

How to give antibiotics to your livestock

Since their discovery, antibiotics have played a pivotal role in modern medicine. However, the inappropriate and widespread use of antibiotics in animals and humans has led to antibiotic residues being found in foods of animal origin. The growing threat of antibiotic resistance is being widely...

New cricket species offers agribusiness opportunity

Kenyans will soon taste the newly-discovered edible cricket, according to researchers working at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi. The species, Scapsipedus icipe, gives great promise for mass production for human consumption and inclusion as an alternative protein ingredient in...

How to manage your farm better with your phone

Peter is a manager with a company in Nairobi. He has a five-acre farm somewhere in Nyandarua. That is where he grew up. Some of his friends have started farming as a side hustle. They all talk about how profitable it is, and Peter...

Revolving Fund to help Agribusiness

Micro, small and medium agribusinesses in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are set to benefit, following the launch of a new revolving fund to boost their growth. Private sponsors from Netherlands, through the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) launched the fund, known as ‘stitching’ Africa Agribusiness Academy...

Jackfruit is the new gold at the coast

Seventy-three-year-old Abdalla Myega’s name readily comes up when one is looking for prominent Jackfruit farmers at the coast. He is a resident of Mkonowa Ndugu Village in Kikoneni, Pongwe Ward in Lunga Lunga Sub-County of Kwale County. The farmer may not be able to easily...

Hi am about to go on labour… Suzie your cow.

You are in your sitting room in the evening resting. Suddenly, your phone buzzes. It is a message from your cow Suzie telling you that she is on heat or about to go on labour. Quickly, you alert your farmhands and they get into...

NAKURU AGRITECHTALKS EXCITE YOUTH AND FARMERS

The second AgritechTalks organised by Smart Farmer Africa, publishers of the Smart Farmer magazine in partnership with Nakuru County took off smoothly yesterday. The Opening ceremony was officiated the United Nation's Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO)  Country Representative, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema who said that technology...