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Category: Crops

COMESA-EAC Horticulture Accelerator targets $25 Million trade surge by 2031

Public and private sectors of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC) have joined forces to boost…

Wheat blast: a threat to food security

A new study now shows that the global wheat production could reduce by 13 per cent by mid-century (the year 2050) as a result of…

Good news for farmers and traders as Tanzania reverses decision to suspend tea imports from Kenya

It is good news for famers and traders in Kenya following the decision by the Tea Board of Tanzania, the regulator of the country’s tea…

KALRO introduces new early maturing rice varieties, aims at boosting farmers’ production

The Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) has introduced two new rice varieties that mature in 85-120 days as opposed to 150 days of…

Looking for a reliable market for your avocados and fruits? We have you covered, says Biofarms

With an ever-growing demand for the avocado, as well as other fruits, this horticultural firm partners with farmers to meet this demand by providing market…

Breakthrough in sorghum production with high-yielding drought-resistant varieties

Drought stress during crucial growth stages of sorghum has long hindered grain quality, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Surveys in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria…

Battling the Bugs: Kenya’s 10 deadliest pests and diseases over the decade

One early morning in late December 2013, Mr Elijah Gitare left his house in Kirinyaga County to go to his tomato farm. He was full…

Kenya-Netherlands agriculture collaboration takes on sanitary and phytosanitary standards at the Naivasha Hortifair

By Zablon Oyugi During the opening of this year’s Naivasha Horticultural Fair at the Naivasha Sports Club Grounds in Nakuru County last Friday, the Kenya-Netherlands…

Drought-tolerant high-yielding maize variety developed by scientists

By Zablon Oyugi Farmers will soon benefit from a new high-yielding and drought-tolerant maize variety developed by Kenyan scientists by increasing their income, reducing risk,…

Are you a strawberry farmer? Boost your yields by using runners, avoid splits

 By Zablon Oyugi In the world of strawberry farming, success hinges on the choices made right from the start. Aiming for a flawless 100 per…

Using Brachiara grass and Desmodium to control Fall armyworm

BY MWANGI MUMERO Growing Brachiara grass and Desmodium, a legume fodder, together with maize, can help to control the Fall armyworm pests, which continue to…

Kenya secures expanded approval to export temperature-treated mangoes to EU

By Zablon Oyugi Kenya has got additional approval to export temperature-treated mango fruits to the European Union (EU) market. According to the Kenya Plant Health…

Kenya anticipates record wheat harvest of 1.3 million bags

By Rodgers Omondi Kenya is set to harvest 1.3 million bags of wheat this year. As a result, the government through the Agriculture and Food…

Feeding your coffee tree to give you optimal quality, quantity and size of cherries

By Smart Farmer team Adequate nutrition for your plant is not an issue in question. Without it you cannot expect much from the tree. The…

Understanding soil microorganisms and their role is vital for farmers

Knowledge of soil microorganisms can help farmers to optimise nutrient management and reduce reliance on synthetic fertilisers, a new report says. Those fertilisers can have…