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University takes bold steps into the future with mushroom growing.

The mushroom is a plant whose benefits to the body and mind are numerous. It also affords an excellent revenue generation opportunity for those with the know-how to plant and commercialise it. The high demand for mushrooms in the market today makes it a...

‘Agropreneurship’ Conference for the youth to be held in Kiambu .

The 10th link leaders in Kenya Conference will be held on 6th May 2017. The theme will be "Agropreneurship" aimed at encouraging more young people to look into farming as a career option. The Conference will target both the young adults as well as professionals...

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...

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,...

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...

New rapid pregnancy test technology

Livestock farmers in Kenya can now easily confirm pregnancy in cows, following the introduction of a new rapid pregnancy test technology. The advanced “RapidVisual Pregnancy Test” enables dairy and beef producers to establish whether their animals have conceived or not, just 28 days after insemination. The...

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...

Locust warning time boost

A new technology has been developed to improve the warning time for locusts to just two months. Desert locust experts at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), have developed the new tool to help monitor and reduce...

Reasons farmers have been experiencing low milk production

In April, a Smart Farmer team set out on a big mission. We wanted to find out why we were hearing so many voices of discontent about dairy farming. Though it is widely believed to be a highly profitable venture, many farmers have often complained...

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...

Pepino Melon- the hidden treasure.

It has a light-yellow to light-green skin, with purple strips. When ripe, its flesh is golden yellow with a cucumber or melon-like texture. The Pepino melon, a mildly flavoured fruit that tastes like a mix of banana and pear, has lately been attracting a lot...

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...

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,...

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...
Farmers to benefit from Liquid Telecom’s roll out of Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT)network across Kenya

Farmers to benefit from Liquid Telecom’s roll out of Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT)network...

As farming with precision sweeps across the continent, farmers are looking for technologies to maximise the economic and environmental benefits of precision farming. Farmers will soon be able to double their production with precision after Liquid Telcom entered into partnership with Sigfox to build and...