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Kenya’s horticulture market secure amid Brexit plans

There will be no market disruption for Kenya’s horticultural products because of Brexit, Dr Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Trade, said during the release of the horticulture sector report 2018 performance results in Nairobi. His sentiments come hot on the heels of...

Research reveals that Farmers engaging in alternative money making activities are putting food security...

The increased number of farmers opting to supplement their incomes by engaging in alternative money venturing activities is putting food security in the East African countries at risk. This is according to recently published research by the Partnership for Economic Research (PEP), carried out to...

What you should know about Agriculture in Nakuru County

In the first two decades of independence, the vibrant agricultural sector experienced robust growth rates of four to six percent, which put the country on an economic growth path towards prosperity. There were model farms and research and training institutions and they supported farmers through...
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Uasin Gishu Maize Farmers weighing their options

Farmers in Uasin Gishu county are unhappy because some still hold last year's stock in their stores, while others are yet to dispose their 2017 stock. Low prices, lack of subsidised fertilisers and limiting of the amount of maize that farmers can supply to the...

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...