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eProd, a system that enables consumers to trace the origin of the produce they purchase

By Clifford Akumu cakumu@smartfarmerkenya.com Few buyers, if any, can tell exactly where their produce has come from. Many are easily deceived by the sight of…

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,…

Fishing industry and Covid-19

By Mwangi Mumero The global fishing industry faces a gloomy 2021 after being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a 4th February report…

How farmers were conned over a million shillings buying tadpoles instead of fingerlings

Weary, confused and distraught, Ms Hellen Lel, a farmer from Lengenet in Nakuru County, releases her three goats to graze inside some four dry fish…

Smartphone app that detects pests and diseases in bananas

Farmers can now detect banana pests and diseases using their smartphones, with an over 90 per cent success rate. Using artificial intelligence, researchers at the…

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…

Tips on making the most use of sunlight on your farm

There are various approaches that can be used to get the best out of sunlight on the farm. The most basic approach that you can…

Agroecological farming to boost smallholder food production

Climate risks pose serious threats to Kenya’s sustainable development goals. According to estimates from the US Agency for International Development (USAid), by 2030, climate variability…

Hungry for change: An open letter to African governments

In 2020, the entire world knew what it was like to be hungry. Millions of people went without enough, with the most desperate now facing famine. At the…

New FAO representative to Kenya takes office

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has appointed Ms Carla Elisa Luis Mucavi as its new representative to Kenya.

Kenya finalises Uk trade pact amid EAC tension

Kenya has concluded a trade deal with the United Kingdom that will benefit many farmers. The UK-Kenya Free Trade Agreement was finalised after top officials met early this month.

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).

County launches 5-year dairy sector growth plan

A five-year strategic plan to help Nakuru County to fully exploit its potential in the dairy subsector has been put in place. Through the Nakuru…

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…

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…