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Covers news and events happening in the the Farming and Agribusiness sector.

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...

Namibia suspends import of animals from South Africa

Namibia’s Agriculture ministry suspended imports and in transit movement of cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Through a Veterinary Public Notice, seen by Smart Farmer, the veterinary officials urged importers to suspend all previously issued...

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...

Extended partnership to deliver high-yielding, disease-resistant finger millet to farmers

Farmers can soon access finger millet varieties that not only withstand drought but are also resistant to parasites and diseases. This is due to the boost received from a finger millet Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) pre-breeding project led by the International Crops Research Institute for...

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...

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 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...

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...

Blue Economy set to boost Kenya’s fishing industry

Fishing industry is set for growth after years of neglect and near collapse. Kenyan fishermen will benefit more from their work due to the blue economy initiative. Fish stocks have been declining, due to a number of factors including over fishing, changes in temperature, ocean...
Stakeholders concerned about the government’s unilateral decision to adopt genetically modified crops

Stakeholders concerned about the government’s unilateral decision to adopt genetically modified crops

A number of players in the agricultural sector are demanding for a multisectorial dialogue and participation processes whenever policy positions are made in regards to the sector. In a joint press statement read on Thursday, November 15th at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, The Route to...
New sorghum beer boon for farmers and industry

New sorghum beer boon for farmers and industry

Sorghum is wealth, was the message to farmers during the launch of a research paper on the crop, that shows how the previously ignored crop is now changing the fortunes of thousands of Kenyan farmers. Compiled by Egerton University’s research centre, Tegemeo Institute, and sponsored...

Small scale farmers to get USD 9.4 million courtesy of Musoni and USAID

Small holder farmers will now benefit from a loan portfolio guarantee agreement between Musoni Microfinance Limited and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Musoni Microfinance, will through this risk mitigation agreement, develop and roll out innovative financial loan products, to increase access to credit...