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

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 into 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...

Northern Kenyan Poultry Company bags top African award

A chicken processing plant in northern Kenya, Kulamawe Poultry Industries, has scooped one of the five awards in the inaugural Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch competition. Only 21 entrepreneurs were selected to compete for the final five categories out of more than 450 entries from...
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Sh46m revolving fund to ‘stitch’ agribusiness launched

Africa’s micro, small and medium enterprises in agribusiness have received a boost following the launch of a new revolving fund aimed at boosting their growth. Private sponsors from Netherlands, through the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) launched the robust fund, that targets agri-based micro, small and...

World-first Hands Free Hectare project plants and harvests without operators on the machines

The Hands-free Hectare projects free Hectare project in the UK has successfully harvested a hectare of winter wheat using their autonomous combine harvester, without operators on the machines or agronomists in the field. The project which began two years ago, and also achieved unloading on...

Counties seek solution to green gram market crisis

A few months ago, farmers in four green gram producing counties - Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi and Meru - were a happy lot. The harvest was good, and they looked forward to a windfall. It did not happen. Today, overproduction of the legume has wiped...

Solar-powered solution for farmers who get nothing due to failed rains.

He walked into the venue of the recent East African Digital Farmers’ conference in Nairobi, a rather nondescript young man, dressed in blue slacks and a matching waistcoat. He had a presentation to make. He finished 20 minutes later to a standing ovation, for one...