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How can we stop farmers becoming extinct

The average age of a farmer around the world is spiralling ever upwards, and these essential, frontline workers are at real risk of dying out….

How to grow Coriander, popular as ‘dhania’

Coriander, also known as dhania or Cilantro, is a multipurpose crop used in cooking in many Kenyan households. Coriander is majorly grown for leaves, but…

7 things to consider before going into greenhouse farming

Greenhouse farming is a fast-growing trend in Kenya with many small and large scale farmers investing in the technology. Before the introduction of this concept,…

Government to revive nut farming in coastal counties

The Ministry of Agriculture plans to revitalize nut farming across the Kenyan coastal counties. The ministry seeks to breathe life into the once vibrant subsector…

New rice varieties needed as climate change threatens

By Mwangi Mumero Researchers at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are, together with their partners in East Africa, developing a rice variety that is…

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,…

Country’s export vegetables gets a boost with new project in four counties

    Country’s export vegetables gets a boost with new project in four counties By Jackson Okata The County Government of Nakuru in partnership with…

Testimony: Growing coffee still profitable

Youthful Nyawira Njiraini, keenly inspects the coffee cherries on her quarter-acre plot in Kiratina Village, Kirinyaga County, and breaks into a smile. The information and…

HASS AVOCADO FARMING READY FOR TAKE-OFF

It is common to spot rickety trucks in Karangi Village of Gatanga, Murang’a County, crisscrossing the chilly hamlet, picking up avocado fruits in the evenings…

Cotton industry to benefit from procurement of BT cotton seeds by government

The cotton subsector is set for a major turnaround following the government’s decision to procure and distribute BT cottonseeds and pesticides to farmers in 23 counties.

Farmers increase cereal production by 75%

Cereals farmers in Nakuru County have improved their production by 15 bags per acre, thanks to the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP).

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…

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…

Minimising postharvest loss through proper storage

A large percentage of the world’s population consumes grains, which include cereals and pulses. However, even when all the factors of production remain constant, poor…

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