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Growing families through fruit farming

In the past, a mango farmer in Murang’a County would watch her mangoes rot due to lack of markets and poor prices. Today, her fortunes have changed, thanks to a women’s co-operative and a simple dehydrator

Turmeric, the next big in Kenya herbs and spices growing

Despite the lucrative returns of over Ksh500,0000 from half-an-acre, turmeric is not as widely grown by Kenyan farmers as other high- value crops

MANAGING BLACK-LEAF STREAK DISEASE IN BANANAS

This disease can reduce the weight of your banana bunch by up to 50 per cent and result in over 60 percent loss in production

Smart maize variety that defends itself against pests

  Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) have discovered ‘smart’ maize varieties that defend themselves from the destructive stemborer by…

Improved cassava pest control tool

  Researchers have developed a cheaper, more time effective molecular diagnostic tool that accurately identifies different subgroups of cassava whiteflies, bemisia tabaci. The team behind this…

Why Tanzanian onions are preferred

  Farmers have been wondering what makes Tanzanian onions popular with consumers and why are they cheaper?  Ms Grace Awuor has been to the onion growing…

Online system to curb fertiliser supply delays

  The high cost of fertilisers and fluctuating prices have been the bane of Kenyan farmers for decades, leading to poor productivity and reduced incomes. Though…

Kenya’s avocado farming, and where the profit lies

  Exporting avocados to high-value European markets can boost the income of Kenya’s smallholder farmers by 39 percent, a new report says. The finding is by…

200,000 smallholders to benefit from Ksh93m crop relief aid

  Nearly 200,000 Kenyan small-scale farmers stand to benefit from a crop relief initiative launched by Bayer East Africa and its partners. The Ksh93 million programme…

Avocado farmers rejoice as harvests fly off their shelves

  Avocado farmers in Nakuru County are a happy lot after their first harvests found a ready and well-paying market. They dared venture into the new…

High-yielding Striga-tolerant maize coming

  The development of a high-yielding Striga-tolerant maize variety is close to fruition, according to scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). Common in…

In vertical farming, she found her true calling- Ensuring that no one goes hungry

  At the age of nine, Josephine Favre uttered the words of her passionate dream:  “When I grow up, I am going to feed Africa.” Interestingly,…

A portal to get Fall Armyworm inform is here

  It will now be possible for research organisations to provide information on the Fall armyworm, an invasive crop pest that has affected thousands of acres…

Digital tool to promote use of fertiliser data launched

  Kenyan farmers will easily get information on fertiliser trends following the launch of a digital dashboard to provide critical information on its usage, pricing, supply…

How to store your greens for times of scarcity

  With rains having pounded most parts of the country recently, there is bound to be a surplus supply of vegetables in the markets and producer…

Why farmers in Nandi are wooed to grow bamboo

  Farmers in Nandi County are set to diversify into bamboo growing. The county, in collaboration with the Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), is piloting bamboo…

All info on how easy it is to grow and market Gooseberry.

  Oblivious of the bitter cold, Mr Stephen Mwanzia, a farmer, tends to a fruit crop whose value to many Kenyans remains unclear. Together with his…

How Africa Soil Health experts have made more farmers smile than expected

  A soil health consortium has reached more than 1.3 million smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa, helping them to grow more and better crops. This has increased…

KALRO releases new potato seed for multiplication

  The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), has officially released a new seed variety – Potato basic seed, for multiplication. According to KALRO, potato basic…

Six trees for your year-round supply of fruits

  Fruits supply vital vitamins and minerals. A study conducted in Machakos County in Kenya shows that planting a carefully selected portfolio of easily grown fruit…

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