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

State to launch Distinct Areas for Animal Export

Livestock farmers in Kenya will benefit from a government initiative, that will seek to identify specific areas to be utilised, for production of livestock for the  export market. Speaking when he opened the 2018 Livestock Breeders Show and Sale at the Jamhuri Showground in Nairobi...

GOVERNMENT PAYS FARMERS FOR LAST YEAR MAIZE DELIVERIES

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Andrew Tuimur has announced that the government has remunerated Sh1.4 billion as part of imbursement to farmers for maize supplies to National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for the year 2017. 500 farmers out of...

WORLD’S VEGETABLES PRODUCTION TO FALL IN 20 YEARS

Vegetable supply in the world could decline by a third in the next 20 years if urgent action is not taken to battle climate change. According to a new study by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, average yields of crops such as soy...

KENYA TO HOST A MAJOR LIVESTOCK BREEDERS SHOW.

Kenya will again host a Livestock Breeders Show & Sale from 9th -11th August this year at the Jamhuri Park, Nairobi. The event is organised by the Livestock Breeders Trust, and more than 80 organisations that support the livestock industry are expected to take part...

Do you know of a country with a call centre for farmers? – India

Indian farmers dial the toll-free telephone number 1551 to get specialists advice positioned at 84 call centres across the Asian country to answer questions and clarifications related to agriculture. The itinerary dubbed Kisan Call Centre is a single-knowledge pool catering to Indian farmers across the...

The Mobile App that leads you to water and pasture

Picture losing your phone and having to search for it throughout your house… Now imagine if you had to search for it, not only in your home but in 6,000 other homes as well. This is the scenario that pastoralists are faced with everyday as...
KENYA HOSTS OVER 5,000 DELEGATES IN THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL FLOWER TRADE EXPO

Kenyan exports to UK fall

According to the latest study by Overseas Development Institute (ODI) exports to Britain have risen by 15 per cent as per last year. Kenya’s share of UK market has declined by 13.2 per cent in the last five years as a result of increased competition...

Pain of importing commodities, and how it’s killing agribusiness

Over the past few years, Kenya’s neigh - bours have been aggressively carrying out what experts call ‘predatory pricing’ on special commodities and crops, and edging out local traders and farmers. From rice, maize, eggs, onions, to most recently, fish imports, several of the...
Fight against Fall armyworm in Kenya ‘mobilised’ with new Government text messaging campaign

Fight against Fall armyworm in Kenya ‘mobilised’ with new Government text messaging campaign

A new weapon in the fight against the Fall armyworm (FAW) caterpillar in Kenya has been launched giving millions of smallholder farmers free expert help and advice on how to tackle the devastating pest through mobile SMS text messaging. Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) has...

Where does that fruit salad you eat come from? Experts warn that it is...

When was the last time you asked about the source of that fruit salad you enjoy after every meal? Are the tomatoes and kales you pick up from that mama mboga stall safe? And what about the milk you buy daily from milk ATMs?...
Insect sends chills down the spines of chilli farmers, but there is hope

Insect sends chills down the spines of chilli farmers, but there is hope

One afternoon in September last year, while inspecting their onehectare chilli farm, Mr Daniel Agawo, the general manager of Jim’s Fresh Vegetables, got a call from the Kenya Plant Health and Inspectorate Services (Kephis). At first, there was no alarm as it was not unusual...

Mobile application to fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa.

A mobile application has been launched to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners to the fight against fall armyworm in Africa. The app by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will report the level of infestation and map the spread of this destructive pest,...
Online training for fish farmers

Online training for fish farmers

People wanting to establish fish farms can now access information and training at the click of a button. Farm Africa, a non-governmental organisation, has launched an online training portal for fish farmers with very encouraging results. “I have shifted from subsistence to commercial fish farming...

Honey Care launches new product line to create market for smallholder farmers

Honey Care Africa has launched A new range of re-branded honey and healthy snack products. David Gachoki, Chief Executive Officer, Honey Care while unveiling the new range of products, said promotion of healthy diets and adequate micro-nutrient intake is critical in the fight against non-communicable...

Unique red fleshed apples hit the Australian apple market.

IFORED Consortium members have developed and harvested new apples with coloured flesh, from pink to intense red. The production, developed under the Kissabel® project, is currently in the test stage and aims at harvesting the first commercial quantities within the next three years. Expectations are high,...