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Njoro farmer taps into water harvesting to increase cul...

A farmer in Njoro area is perfecting the art of water harvesting which has assisted him in irrigating his farm and managed to increased area of cultivation to 12 acres. This even as the cycle of water [ ... ]

Meteoric demand for fish drives aquaculture farming

A growing Kenyan population, expected to hit 55 million by 2020, will create demand for food which cannot be met by existing farming models. Fish farming is one sure way of meeting the anticipated dem [ ... ]

Wheat farmers lose yields to poor techniques

Kenya's wheat production has been on a downward spiral in recent years, even as demand soars driven by rising urbanization where people are developing an appetite for mass-produced, convenient foods c [ ... ]

How an idea bloomed into a flower enterprise

Behind the Sh10,000 monthly profit each member of a self help group in Nyeri county earns, and a blooming flower business is the sweat and toil story of 11 young people who two years ago had the will  [ ... ]

Farmers stem food waste with low cost drying technologi...

A growing demand for dried foods especially by a rising local market and exports has birthed a new revolution, with the demand which has risen by upto 30 percent seeing smallholder farmers increase in [ ... ]

Organisation connects pastoralists to cash on delivery ...

Kenya's disorganized livestock industry with its subsistence approach, poor quality standards and unfair trade practices has meant that hundreds of pastoralists who rely on livestock for their surviva [ ... ]

Milk container spares farmers milk spillage woes

A unique plastic container that prevents milk spillage due to its designs while easily spotting Mastitis in cows is set to revolutionise dairy farming at a time when poor milk handling has been blamed [ ... ]

Backyard fish farms increase household incomes

Maurice Okoth, has been a fisherman in Lake Victoria for the last three decades. But dwindling stocks and strict fishing rules by the government has seen his fortunes and earnings dip in the last few  [ ... ]

Farm loan pegs interest on soil conservation

A lending institution is giving farmers affordable loans and pegging the interest on the quality of soil conservation that a farmer is practicing in a transformatory model that combines farmers’ acc [ ... ]

Value addition efforts inspire farming for export

Passion fruit farmers in Rift Valley have been earning a quarter from the sale of passion fruits compared to the price of the value added product, in a sorry state of affairs depicting how farmers are [ ... ]

Hotels demand for tomatoes more than triple young farme...

A decision by a group of young men to dump their small businesses that used to earn them at least Sh500 each a day and delve into tomato farming is finally paying off now seeing them earn Sh2700 each  [ ... ]

Profit and loss sharing credit model entices youth to f...

Farm Capital Africa, an investment platform for sustainable agribusiness activities, is redesigning lending culture in the continent, thanks to its  unique model where it offers its clients both  [ ... ]

Enterprising youth hatches fortunes with chicken sourc...

When Denis Musungu 26, quit his job as a hotel manager at one of the leading firms in Nairobi and started selling chicken, his mother was apprehensive. She even invited a renowned sorcerer from the vi [ ... ]

Mobile tool connects farmers to timely market informati...

Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefiting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultur [ ... ]

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Farmer extracts millions from bee venom

Adolph is not your ordinary bee farmer. While most of the farmers keep bees for their by products like honey or wax, he has found fortunes in extracting bee venom in his 50 acre piece of land, a ventu [ ... ]

Bees create sweet times for semi arid area farmer

A farmer in the arid Matungulu district of Eastern Kenya is shielding himself from dry spells by embracing climate resilient farming like beekeeping and has become a model to others as thousands of cu [ ... ]

Tobacco to bamboo project heralds low cost housing

A project aimed at encouraging farmers to move from the volative tobacco farming and embrace bamboo farming in Nyanza and Western regions is proving successful with more farmers embracing the practice [ ... ]

How an idea bloomed into a flower enterprise

Behind the Sh10,000 monthly profit each member of a self help group in Nyeri county earns, and a blooming flower business is the sweat and toil story of 11 young people who two years ago had the will  [ ... ]

Pact gives Kenyan flower exporters easy US access

A bilateral agreement between Kenya and United States of America to have certain Kenyan goods among them flowers enjoy preferential treatment has doubled sales, foreign exchange and created job. Mike  [ ... ]

Financial model boosts milk yields

A group of farmers who started a project to buy members dairy cows is now seeing members increase milk sales, and now diversifying into other farming ventures thanks to a financial model that allow me [ ... ]

Markets open up to Samburu camel milk

A project that gives women pastoralists market for their camel milk is insulating them during dry times when men migrate with animals in search of pasture and water leaving them vulnerable. Dubbed Sa [ ... ]

Tomato plant sale lifts school’s fortunes

Students at Chisare Secondary School of Western Kenya are earning their school income with the sale of tomato plants in a classic example of how agriculture is helping schools sustain themselves. Stu [ ... ]

Campaign transforms war zones into kitchen gardens

An agricultural organization is rewriting the farming script in the former war ravaged Northern Uganda with the introduction of small scale organic vegetable farming a venture that has seen the locals [ ... ]

Enterprising farmer cuts a niche in banana flour

An industrious farmer from western Uganda tired of the meager earnings from his bananas has decided to delve into value addition, making banana flour which has not only tripled his earnings but protec [ ... ]

Demand for food colour pushes Kwale farmers to bixa cul...

As demand by hotels local and international intensify for bixa which is the raw material for food colour, farmers at the Coast where the crop grows well are emerging as the ultimate winners with deman [ ... ]

Uganda pig farming booms as pork consumption leads in A...

Pig farming in Uganda has recently emerged as a lucrative enterprise thanks to a growing demand for pork in a country that leads in pork consumption in Sub Saharan Africa with statistics from FAO and  [ ... ]

Export farmers go green to fast track accreditation

A project that trains farmers to embrace high environmental standards in production making their goods competitive in the export market is on takeoff with 150 farmer members now actively involved in t [ ... ]

Kenya’s animal feed industry chokes on exorbitant pri...

The Kenya animal feed subsector is a troubled one. With the feed prices on an unabated upward trajectory, and a finger pointing contest between feed producers, the Association of Kenya Feed Manufactur [ ... ]

International markets open up to semi arid Kenya’s bi...

A not for profit organization is working with farmers in arid areas to tap into their natural resources and diversify their income with a honey beauty products venture in Laikipia and Samburu areas be [ ... ]

High value fruits birth saving culture among Ukambani f...

Behind the over 500 grafted mangoes, 800 orange trees, 150 tangerine trees and tens of pawpaw trees all producing over Sh1million is the make or break farm story on Judith Mwikali Musau who has learne [ ... ]

Model scales finger millet production in Uganda

Commercial production of finger millet in Uganda is being halted by farmers’ lack of precise drying mechanism which leaves millers with the added responsibility of drying the millet themselves. Thi [ ... ]

Strawberries and fish earn farmers Sh3million yearly

Two enterprising youth in Kenya are championing green farming revolution by integrating hydroponic and aquaculture to form aquaponic system that entirely eliminate chemical usage and generating over S [ ... ]

Tanzania farmers bet on farm project to double income a...

Over 100,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania’s major breadbasket zones are expected to more than double yields, access low cost fertilizer while finding competitive markets thanks to a host of proje [ ... ]

Farmer group turns sunflower into a Sh80million yearly ...

The decision to dump cotton on low yields and embrace sunflower has been the spark that has transformed Moroto farmers into oil processors which has seen them earn upto Sh80 million yearly. As it was [ ... ]

Sorghum sourced instant noodles target modern customers

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has collaborated with Nissin Foods Holdings from Japan to open a processing factory that is manufacturing locally flavoured instant noodles sourc [ ... ]

Kenya flower industry on a boom trajectory

The emergence of new markets coupled with heightened marketing will see Kenya earn $531million from the floriculture industry with industry players projecting some 125, 000 tonnes of flowers will be e [ ... ]

Palm tree beehives earn farmer Sh3million yearly

Lack of capital to acquire modern beehives was a blessing in disguise for Tom Okello who hatched the idea of creating an improved version with palm trees, which has now grown into an empire housing 17 [ ... ]

Farmbizafrica wins in Africa Media Awards

 Farmbizafrica was recently feted in the Africa Climate Change and Environmental Reporting media awards that were organized by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and funded by Unite [ ... ]

Tea tree earns farmers fortunes

Impoverished farmer Julius Munyiri had struggled for years to provide for his six children on his 1.2 acre plot of land located at the foothills of Mount Kenya. Droughts, marauding wildlife and market [ ... ]

KARI develops fast maturing horticultural produce

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute KARI has raised income prospects for horticultural farmers with high yielding and fast maturing varieties at a time when demand for Kenyan produce in the inte [ ... ]

Dairy, courgette farming earns farmers sh400, 000 month...

A loss making stint at greenhouse farming in the semi arid area of Narok was the eye opener for a retiree who has now found fortunes in diversified agriculture and now earning courgete, vegetables and [ ... ]

Kenyan women replace men as coffee champions

Kenyan women are delving into farming and marketing of coffee single handledly a departure from the past where their roles were reduced to picking berries with men taking over marketing and policy mak [ ... ]

Enterprising youth earns from sugarcane juice

A childhood love for sugarcane for Charles Odira has metamorphosed to a juice making enterprise that is earning him five times more than he earned selling the cane and earning him nationwide recogniti [ ... ]

Rare birds earn farmer Sh15million yearly

A decision to invest Sh2million in rearing rare birds has paid off for lawyer turned farmer who now earns upto Sh15 million yearly in sale of meat, feather and bird’s tail. Peter King’ara saw a g [ ... ]

Kenyan middle class drives fresh juice processing

A high demand for processed fruit juices among Kenya’s expanding health conscious middle class is seeing new entrants who are upstaging traditional giants in a market model that is benefiting smallh [ ... ]

Kisii farmers triple earnings making banana queen cakes

A group of women in a savings group buffeted by banana glut in Kisii area have found fortunes in value addition which has tripled their earnings while opening up new business ventures that has provide [ ... ]

Agrochemical companies turn to farmers to fight counter...

As the war on agricultural counterfeits intensifies, agrodealers in the country have unveiled a new strategy that focuses on training of farmers who are the victims of the vice that accounts for 15 to [ ... ]

Poor packaging of carrots drive farmers to Ugandan mark...

Kenyan carrot farmers are crossing to Uganda to package and sell their produce where the packaging policy is favourable and running away from Kenyan intermediaries who use extended bags to rob. The si [ ... ]

Kericho pumpkins find market in EU

A new deal between Kericho farmers and a UK based company has sought to boost farmers earnings through direct export of agricultural exports to the European Union and a technology that increases the s [ ... ]

Chilli variety takes the weep out of farmers’ barren ...

Farmers in Homabay District who have traditionally decried low yields due to poor soils have found solace in chilli farming now earning them over Sh1,000 a week in exports, ten times what they earned  [ ... ]

Farmers turn to pig breeding for quick returns

Enterprising livestock farmers buffeted by dwindling pasture and rising cost of feed are turning to pig breeding, which has been birthed by a growing interest in pig farming and high prices for pig pr [ ... ]

Kenya sets 2015 deadline for flower growers code

Kenya has set a deadline of end of 2015 to complete the implementation of a national mechanism of compliance for all players in the sector. This coming at a time when customers in the key export mark [ ... ]

Flower breeder brings superior varieties to farmers’ ...

Behind the many flower varieties in the country that have adapted to local climatic  conditions and fetching a fortune for growers is the dedication and resolve of a man who has invested time and [ ... ]

Group that metamorphosed into a dairy behemoth

An association of 35 dairy farmers producing 32 litres a day in the 1990s has transformed into a Sh452million empire that has increased farm gate prices for farmers while insulating them from market v [ ... ]

Contract farming doubles income for Bomet farmers

A potato contract farming model by snack maker Deepa Industries Limited has delivered a win win for the company and farmers with the farmers earning more in farmgate prices and the company now getting [ ... ]

Farmers ditch coffee for watermelon on quick returns

Quick returns and ready market for watermelons is seeing Central Kenya farmers ditch coffee, a long time darling, with some farmers reaping upto Sh200,000 from watermelon on the same acreage that had  [ ... ]

Kenyan mum finds market in German’s love for Kenyan t...

A passion in tea blending coupled with experience in serving various tea blends to international guests has seen one Kenyan entrepreneur ride on growing demand in Germany where the beverage is becomin [ ... ]

Entrepreneur creates flower market for Nubian community

A degree in nautical technology was the first step in a journey that would culminate in a flower export business that has lifted the fortunes of the Nubian community at Kibera slums, thanks to the eff [ ... ]

Former casual labourer creates cassava value addition e...

A visit to his aunt for business idea became the light bulb moment for Alex Ombuto who has found a fortune in cassava root which he adding value in making crisps, snacks and nutritional porridge in a  [ ... ]

Former teacher finds money in honey

A decision by Margaret Ogaba to quit her teaching career and concentrate on bee farming has catapulted her into being one of the leading commercial bee farmers in Uganda producing over one tonne of ho [ ... ]

Arid area farmers find fortunes in Aloe vera sap

Residents of the arid Baringo county are courting the drought resistant aloe vera to earn a living in an area where crops have failed to sprout, and now earning upto Sh20,000 a month from the sale of  [ ... ]

Farmbiz wins continental award

Bob Koigi, Farmbiz lead journalist and editor was among winners in the 2013 Africa Media Challenge , a continental programme of reporting grants that is meant to encourage innovative, multi-media stor [ ... ]

Cooperative model connects farmers to supermarkets

A farmers’ cooperative has delivered Uasin Gishu farmers from the burden of poor market prices, tripled their earnings and exposed them to market opportunities, in a model that is now being credited [ ... ]

Milk bulking emerges as farmers’ new cash cow

A group of farmers who traditionally sold their milk to milk hawkers are now tripling their income and yields by collecting the milk together and selling it to registered cooperatives with a litre now [ ... ]

17 year old girl behind rabbit cooperative and village ...

Being expelled from school for lack of school fees was the spark that inspired 14 year old Laetitia Mukungu to start a rabbit cooperative movement, a move that has metamorphosed into a behemoth now su [ ... ]

Camel project protects women pastoralists in dry spells

A project that gives women pastoralists market for their camel milk is insulating them during dry times when men migrate with animals in search of pasture and water leaving them vulnerable. Dubbed Sa [ ... ]

World consumes more fish than beef

For the first time in modern history, the world farmed fish production has toppled beef production with annual fish production in 2013 reaching 66 million tonnes compared to beef’s 63 million tones. [ ... ]

Goat farmers milk their way to fortune with investment ...

Lucy Wairimu a once jobless middle aged woman who lived on handouts is now a proud owner of over ten goats that supply her with over 30 litres of milk daily fetching her some Sh2,000. Lucy is among t [ ... ]

Horticultural farmers go back to school to chase lost e...

Horticultural farmers are learning new and superior ways of growing their produce at special schools  with the aim of boosting exports at a time when Kenya is facing numerous bans. The schools o [ ... ]

Bishop turns relief dependent households into exporters

An initiative by a Yatta bishop to get households out of relief aid has turned over 2,000 households into net exporters. For the last five years residents in the Yatta district of Eastern province hav [ ... ]

Ugandan farmers court urine to boost soil fertility

Ugandan farmers buffeted by low yields have turned to human urine to fertilize soils with scientists approving urine as rich in nutrients necessary for plant growth. Scientists have found that urine  [ ... ]

Sorghum emerges as crop of choice for dryland farmers

A growing demand for Gadam sorghum by brewers coupled with its ability to withstand harsh climatic condition is making it a crop of choice among farmers in arid areas with farmers earning upto Sh2, 00 [ ... ]

Pricey timber imports spawn shortage

Kenyans’ rising demand for now 38m cubic meters of timber a year, coupled with the low levels of local supply and soaring import prices, is now causing an acute timber shortage. Statistics now in [ ... ]

Nakuru’s smallholder farmer doubles yields growing cr...

A farmer in Nakuru has embraced use of non conventional methods of growing crops from farm to folk and is recording double the yields than he traditionally did on the  same piece of land even as  [ ... ]

Kenya reclaims banana export markets after ban lift

Kenyan farmers are among thousands in Africa set to resume export of banana, avocado and citrus to Europe and South Africa after the countries lifted bans blamed on an invasive fruit fly and which has [ ... ]

Western farmers unite to beat labour costs

Traditionally used for pooling resources for social support, chama savings groups in western Kenya have now moved to pooling labour on farms, cutting labour costs by up to 40 per cent. Various savi [ ... ]

Chamas move to farms saving members labour costs (2)

Traditionally used for pooling resources and assisting members in social support, Kenya’s savings groups fondly referred to as chamas have now moved to the farms assisting members reduce cost of lab [ ... ]

Scientists close in on eliminating deadly tsetse fly

ICIPE scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding the life cycle of the tsetse fly, raising hopes of biologically eliminating a fly that kills cattle worth $4bn a year in Sub Saharan Africa.  [ ... ]

‘Superfly’ threatens future of millions relying on ...

Scientists are sounding the alarm on a tiny, fast breeding insect that wipes cassava in minutes which they say could threaten millions of Africa, with cassava being the third most important source of  [ ... ]

Smartphone boom inspires life saving livestock apps

The boom in smartphones in Kenya is now inspiring a new set of apps meant for livestock with early interventions hailed for rescuing thousands of livestock endangered by emerging diseases. Food and A [ ... ]

Beekeeping project entice farmers with quick money

A project to draw farmers to the neglected bee farming is yielding results with farmers in the trade now earning upto Sh400 for a kilo of honey and spending less on space and expenses. The initiative [ ... ]

KARI launches feed making machine to preserve dwindling...

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute has come up with a low cost machine that makes livestock feed from crop residue in a move aimed at preserving dwindling pasture while saving the environment w [ ... ]

Microfinance pours in cash and inputs for farmers

Small holder farmers in Kiambu County can now access credit and input finance easily thanks to an innovative firm, Tendo Micro Finance. The initiative aimed at spurring production using modern farming [ ... ]

Farmer cuts niche in turkey farming

Patrick Mwangi an enterprising farmer from Mathioya County is rewriting the rules of agribusiness in poultry farming having shrugged off temptations of joining the quail craze but focusing on the more [ ... ]

How a dream hatched largest chicken empire in East and ...

Kenya is experiencing a boom in poultry rearing, buoyed predominantly by growing demand for poultry and its product with an upbeat local and international market. Most of the poultry farmers are small [ ... ]

Milk hawking lifts farmers’ prospects and economy

The liberalization of informal milk markets in the country has now seen producers, vendors and consumers reaping large from an improved value chain as the dairy sector records the highest turnover eve [ ... ]

Dried nettles draw fanatical uptake among health consci...

Farmers in Rift Valley are domesticating nettles, a high valued vegetable that was traditionally farmed by native communities along the Mau forest as demand soars dictated by a health conscious middle [ ... ]

Growing vegetables and fruits tames water wastage, rese...

As warnings get issued that Kenya’s agricultural water use is surpassing sustainable levels and adversely affecting food security, biodiversity researchers say that agrobiodiversity practices like g [ ... ]

Cereal farmers grow incomes with storage wares

Kenyan cereal farmers long buffeted by post harvest losses and poor farm gate prices have found relief in a new scheme that allows them to store produce until a market shortage while using it as colla [ ... ]

Farmers return to coffee as global demand hit new hig...

As global demand for coffee reaches unprecedented highs, Kenyan farmers are replanting what they uprooted decades ago due to its poor returns and this time even the government is keen to reap from the [ ... ]

Father of roadside farming earns Sh30,000 monthly suppl...

Ezekiel Muli has perfected the art of roadside farming and is now feeding hundreds of dust infested Mlolongo and Athi River neighbourhoods in a venture that earns him Sh30,000 a month from harvesting  [ ... ]

Milk processing plant takes urban dwellers back to farm...

On a cold, early morning in this small community, women and girls are already working on farms. Bent over and holding short hoes, they tease the hard, unyielding earth, submitting it into production.  [ ... ]

Urban youth ditch ties for overalls and gumboots

A mixture of improved farming methods and lucrative markets for modern crops is now luring more youth into agribusiness and shunning the myth that it is a poor man’s job as a new breed of young smar [ ... ]

Kenya women farmers neglected despite driving agricultu...

Kenyan women make 80 percent of all farmers in the country according to the World Bank yet challenges like ownership of land and access to finances means that they never get to enjoy the fruits of the [ ... ]

JusTea assist tea farmers increase earnings by 20 perce...

A Vancouver based NGO is helping Kenyan tea farmers increase their earnings by upto 20 percent by removing market bottlenecks like the middlemen in tea processing. Currently farmers earn about one per [ ... ]

Project breeds high value beans for canners

A project to widen bean varieties for canning has yielded fruits with the country now boasting of four high yielding varieties to be supplied to the canning industry which since 1960 has relied on the [ ... ]

Western farmers grow incomes with Grevillea trees

Western Kenya farmers have planted over 2million Grevillea trees with an aim of hitting 5million by 2015 in a project meant to provide income from the quick maturing trees while fighting climate chang [ ... ]

Uganda’s agricultural body points frustrated farmers ...

Five years ago Kansiimire Francis could not feed his young family and despite his tireless efforts in agriculture; his two acre farm barely gave him the returns to support him. Frustrated, the father  [ ... ]

Farmer finds niche making milk formula

A dairy farmer is reaping from his own milk formula that combines creamy milk from Ayrshire cows with that of Friesian, a move that has not only given him a wider market but also opened doors for valu [ ... ]

Ugandan farmers to go modern with US farmers’ support

A group of successful American farmers is set to train their Ugandan counterparts on modern farming to increase yields and address weather changes at a time when yields across East Africa have depress [ ... ]

Farmer clusters point potato farmers to stable markets

A farming model that places potato farmers in clusters to grow high quality potatoes which they sell to Nairobi processors is giving farmers guaranteed markets and tripling their yields at a time when [ ... ]

Former town boy harvests millions farming in arid area

In a tiny village of Kyumbuni along Kithimani market in Eastern Kenya, two greenhouses stands out from swathes of dry barren land. The greenhouses can be confused for a project owned by the locals wea [ ... ]

Women group finds competitive edge in traditional veget...

A group of enterprising farmers in Kericho County are riding on the growing demand for traditional vegetables, having now expanded acreage under cultivation and ventured into value addition activities [ ... ]

Farmers harvest millions with cosmetic leaves

Kenyan farmers engaged in the farming of the little known tea tree also referred to as cosmetic leaves have been smiling their way to the bank as income more than triples buoyed by a burgeoning demand [ ... ]

Kenya flower growers change tact to win Western hearts

Kenyan flower growers, who have moved on from open auctions to long-term direct sales contracts and heightened health and social standards, are now turning to making the world’s most fashionable and [ ... ]

Farmers earn credits, double yields with soil fertility...

In a bid to earn carbon credits, over 60,000 smallholder farmers from western Kenya are doubling their yields through adoption of improved farming techniques, a move that has also helped them increase [ ... ]

Western households go commercial with soya cultivation

Over 1000 Mumias farmers have gone fully commercial in the cultivation of Soya bean in an empowerment project to lift households out of poverty being championed by Promassidor company the makers of th [ ... ]

Soaring fish demand turns farmers into overnight millio...

A programme meant to boost food security in rural areas four years ago has created a booming fish market, which has seen pioneer farmers rake millions as demand for fingerlings soars both locally and  [ ... ]

Farmers use anthills to fertilize soils


Farmers in the Yala area of Siaya county are using anthills to fertilize their soils in the sandy soils at a time when the price of chemical fertilizers has gone beyond their reach. In a discovery tha [ ... ]

Sossi cultivation boom births unique value addition ven...

After a successful trial, soya farmers in Western Kenya have now moved beyond cultivation of the nutritious bean to adding value that produces among others sossi yoghurt, flour and beverages in a mode [ ... ]

Women group spins income with silkworm rearing

A group of women in Western Kenya are recording a doubling of earnings as they delve into rearing of silkworm for production of raw silk which is seeing them diverge their farming while easing pressur [ ... ]

Farmers access loans with their harvest thanks to recei...

Cereal farmers in the country can now access short term finance using their harvests as collateral thanks to an initiative from East African Grain Council (EAGC) and Chase bank. Dubbed warehouse rece [ ... ]

Bitterless aloe vera opens market opportunities for Wes...

A rare Aloe vera variety is enjoying impressive uptake among households in Western Kenya thanks to its superior medicinal value with the company behind its introduction now targeting commercialization [ ... ]

Western farmers guard cultural identity with indigenous...

A group of farmers in Western Kenya have embraced cultivation of indigenous crops in a bid to help preserve cultural identity, a move that has seen them improve their health due to the high nutritiona [ ... ]

Passion opens international markets for farmer associat...

A group of fourty farmers have found solace and market guarantee with passion farming in the wake of dwindling coffee and tea prices which has now seen them attract foreign investors who have been wow [ ... ]

Health conscious middle class drives fanatical uptake o...

Traditionally reduced to just carrying luggage and thus christened the beast of the desert, camel is emerging as an important animal among Kenyans and East Africans, with its meat and milk enjoying im [ ... ]

The rise and rise of banana farming in Kenya

Kenya’s banana is now primed among leading commodities in returns to farmers both in the local and international markets overtaking traditional commodities, but the journey to this success has been  [ ... ]

Tracing technology helps farmers beat stringent export ...

As small scale farmers struggle to meet the stringent export markets which are locking them from the lucrative business, new innovations are now being developed to position the farmers to give farmers [ ... ]

Naromoru farmers process fortunes with safflower ventur...

Farmers in Naromoru area who were introduced to the oil rich safflower growing by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) have now moved into extracting and processing their own oil from the  [ ... ]

Mushroom group points farmers to international market

A group of Mushroom farmers in western Kenya have turned to associations to market their produce, and also develop affordable spores in the absence of a clear market chain. The Ministry of Agriculture [ ... ]

Fruit project introduces over 50,000 farmers to organiz...

A project aimed at bringing over 50,000 smallholder farmers in Uganda and Kenya to the fruit value chain is delivering a win win situation for farmers and Cocacola the financiers of the project as far [ ... ]

Milk chilling plant changes fortunes of 6800 Rift farme...

A milk chilling plant in Metkei area of Keiyo District built by farmers in the area has not only saved them the agony of milk glut but has increased their source of income while giving them a bargaini [ ... ]

Commercial honey harvesting takes root as demand grows

Traditionally practiced as a hobby with simple logs, bee keeping is emerging as a big business with farmers delving into commercial honey harvesting buoyed by burgeoning demand both locally and intern [ ... ]

Meru farmers expand market with barcoded dairy products

The pain of selling milk and its by products to local small scale market by Meru dairy farmers has resulted in the Meru Goat Breeders Association (MGBA), getting the farmers’ products barcoded now g [ ... ]

Farmers record doubled yields with nitrogen fixing fert...

Smallholder farmers involved in legumes are counting a doubling of yields thanks to an organic fertilizer that increases fertilizer through its nitrogen fixing bacteria. The fertilizer dubbed ‘Biofi [ ... ]

Households warm up to soya as prices of alternatives sk...

As the cost of living bites, making traditionally affordable nutritious meals in Kenyan households a luxury, companies are positioning themselves to provide cheaper but equally nutritious options. Th [ ... ]

Ugandans’ scramble for orange fleshed sweet potatoes ...

Over 55,000 Ugandan farmers are reaping profits and improving family health from growing Orange fleshed sweet potato as demand across the country intensifies due to the crop’s superior nutrients esp [ ... ]

Milk preserving technology extends shelf life by 30 day...

A new milk preserving technology that preserves up to a month has helped over 3,000 dairy farmers cut losses they have been experienced in milk going bad and the glut that has dominated the dairy indu [ ... ]

Traditional flu curing plant catapults farmers to inter...

Frustrated with the poor returns from the traditional farming of cereals, farmers in Siaya have discovered a goldmine in morbdick, a plant they have traditionally relied on to cure flu and cold and wh [ ... ]

School leavers delve into algae farming creating a mult...

A three year journey into a rare kind of farming has culminated into a business venture worth millions for the 35 school leavers of Galaxy United Youth Group from Kakamega who have been farming nutrie [ ... ]

Super nets spur plants' growth

Vegetable and fruit farmers in the country may have struck gold with the emergence of a new variety of nets that not only reduce the usage of pesticides by over 90 percent but also enhance fast maturi [ ... ]

Project lifts Central Kenya farmers through mixed farmi...

 An ambitious ten year program that was set up in early 2000 at a tune of US$18.1m  to enable the over  42,000 households in arid and semi arid areas of Central Kenya cross the poverty  [ ... ]

Laikipia farmers delve into online trading with knowled...

A community knowledge centre in Laikipia West District has come to the rescue of the area farmers who have incessantly decried exploitation by middlemen in the sale of their commodities and lack of a  [ ... ]

Ugandan farmers triple profits with processing machines

In a bid to deepen the adoption of value addition in agribusiness, a farmer based agricultural organization; National Agricultural Advisory Authority (NAADS) in Uganda is funding smallholder farmers w [ ... ]

African orphaned crops get academy

Over 100 traditional orphaned crops in Africa that were threatened for extinction have been rejuvenated and safeguarded through the establishment of the African Plant Breeding Academy, a move that spe [ ... ]

Smallholder farmers grow profits as hotels compete for ...

Kenya's smallholder farmers are reaping from a growing appetite for their produce from hotels as customers keen on their health dictate the kind of menu the hotels prepare. As hotels chase smallholde [ ... ]

Chinese scientists spur Ugandan fish farming with metal...

Chinese scientists have taken a lead role in spurring Uganda’s fish industry with the introduction of a new technology to boost commercial fish farming. The new model of cage fish farming focuses on [ ... ]

Passion fruit marketing centers tip the scales in favou...

Over 1000 passion fruit farmers in Kwale County now have market leverage thanks to recently launched Farmers Produce Collection and Marketing centers, which will allow them to participate in price neg [ ... ]

Fledgling Canola market stalls on lack of seeds

A new wave of Kenyan farmers is deepening the growth and adoption of Canola buoyed by a fanatical uptake of its oil by the health conscious with its oil preferred for its ability to tame chronic disea [ ... ]

Coffee farmers switch to horticulture for profits

Hannah Wairimu has never regretted uprooting 100 trees of poorly performing coffee from her two acre piece of land and replacing them with a variety of horticultural crops. Within five years of her in [ ... ]

Maize farmers bypass volatile markets, sell directly to...

Over 50,000 maize farmers in Mt Kenya area have doubled their income by selling their maize collectively to processing heavyweights like Unga and Afya Millers, a break from tradition where they were s [ ... ]

Sh500million passion plant changes fortunes of 12,000 E...

Over 12,000 farmers in Eldoret have scaled passion fruit farming through contract farming as the demand for processed fruit from Europe and Middle East soars, with processing companies setting shop in [ ... ]

Markets open up to food solar drying project

A project launched two years ago to assist Murang’a farmers preserve surplus produce and stem glut has now opened international marketing opportunities as buyers from as far as South Sudan scramble  [ ... ]

Superior mango varieties lift Kilifi farmers’ fortune...

Over 2,000 farmers in Kilifi county are recording 10 times more mango yields thanks to five new commercial mango breeds launched by Kenya Agriculture Research Institute, as part of a drive to take the [ ... ]

Farmers scale up sorghum farming as brewers come callin...

As the cost of raw materials for producing beer brands get to an all time high, brewers are looking for cheap alternatives with some sorghum varieties being preferred. This has seen farmers across the [ ... ]

Cattle rearing hobby propels farmer to top position nat...

A ten year cattle rearing hobby of rearing cattle has transformed into a fully ventured award winning commercial dairy farming, with Kalia Farm becoming a milk powerhouse in the semi arid Ukambani reg [ ... ]

Barley rises as crop of choice as farmers seek new fron...

As vanguard farmers explore various ways of maximizing on land use and reaping more from farming, cereal production seem to be their forte. But forget the traditional maize and beans, a new crop has b [ ... ]

Revamped ginneries spur cotton production countrywide

A growing number of cotton ginneries coupled with rising prices of cotton prices in and out of the country has seen more farmers go back to a crop they abandoned in the 90s due to poor pay. The invest [ ... ]

Mobile app eases loan application and access for small...

An innovative social enterprise firm empowering smallholder farmers in the country has developed a messaging mobile application in a bid to stem shortage of agricultural extension officers who link up [ ... ]

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