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

Why you need to switch to chisel ploughing

Good land preparation is a key factor in good crop yields. Wellprepared soil ensures good water retention and drainage, as it controls weeds and ensures that plants are able to draw in all the available nutrients. It also provides a good environment for seeding...

Greening arid Turkana the Israeli way

Mention Turkana County and what spring to mind are images of a vast barren land where the only surviving vegetation is the drought-tolerant acacia trees. Many would consider it crazy for anyone to suggest that they want to head to this semi-arid region to...

Small holders suffer as donkey thefts rise

A 90-year-old woman is in deep mourning in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, following the death of her beloved donkey. Her most treasured animal was stolen, slaughtered and skinned. When I met her at her home in Kandisi, tears trickled down her wrinkled face,...

Global Experts Meet to Develop Fall Armyworm Emergency Plan for Africa

About one hundred experts from African governments, international and national agricultural research organizations, non-governmental organizations, national plant protection organizations and donor agencies will from Thursday, April 27 meet in Nairobi to develop a management plan of the fall Armyworm pest in Africa. They will...

Governments urged to set up Agricultural Production and Processing Zones

County and national governments have been urged to consider setting up agricultural production and processing zones where investors willing to invest in food production and value addition can be given tax holidays to produce affordable food in designated zones. Following a model similar to...

Tea farmers and staff of factory tree farms to benefit from Financial Literacy programe

About 330,000 smallholder tea farmers and staff of factory tree farms countrywide are set to benefit from Financial Literacy programme be The Kenya Tea Development Agency Management Service Ltd (KTDA-MS). The three year programme is built on three pillars, namely, curriculum development, training of...

Pastoral Households Facing Drought In Six Counties To Get Insurance Payouts

About 12,000 pastoral households facing drought in six counties are set to benefit from nearly Ksh 215 million in insurance payouts plan by Government and consortium of seven Kenyan insurers. The plan uses policies that uses satellites to monitor vegetation available to livestock and triggers...

New Community Land Act: A big relief to pastoralists, farmers and investors

A study carried out by Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development showed that the country’s legal framework and institutions that govern community land have in the past disadvantaged pastoral communities. Community laws were not recognised and hence, were not enforceable. The communities’ institutions...

Aphids, the sap sucking disasters

It is a common sight in many crop farms that cause a lot of irritation, distress and disappointment – vegetable leaves or plants curl up, wilt or turn yellow and stop growing despite all the love you’ve shown them with fertilisation, watering and working...

Worrying levels of Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin prevalence is so acute in Kenya that some major industries would be forced to shut down, if international standards were to be strictly enforced. This is the worrying message from recent research findings on the cost and health implications of aflatoxin in the...

Is sugar beet the solution to Kenya’s sugar woes?

For years now, Kenya has been grappling with a litany of crises that continue to afflict the sugar sector. They range from low production, delayed payments to farmers, high consumer prices and loss of revenue to government as sugar smugglers cash in on the...

Tractors for hire at the click of your phone

In Nairobi and other towns in Kenya, a new trend is catching on – the Uber phenomenon. Today, many people who had never used taxis before are dialing their phones for instant access to Uber, a service that guarantees them affordable rates, a comfortable...

Easy-to-use pregnancy diagnosis kit for cows

The long wait to know whether or not your cow is pregnant after insemination is almost over, following the unveiling of a test kit that can detect pregnancy and embryo mortality 20 days after it is served. The kit, which has been developed by...

Pre-cooked beans exciting business opportunity and boost to nutrition

Machakos County, a semi-arid region of more than a million people, east of Nairobi, is just the place to be. ‘Macha’, to the locals, it is a thriving region, boasting exciting new developments such as the Konza Technology City. This is a project to...

Potato farming under siege from new pest

A new pest poses a major threat to potato farming in the country. Potato Cyst Nematodes (Globodera rostochiensis), commonly called PCN, was first discovered in Kenya in mid- 2014, and has since spread to nearly all the potato growing counties. Nematodes are very small,...