Crops

Spider with appetite for mosquitoes guides war on malar...

Scientist have discovered a Malaysian jumping spider Paracyrba wanlessi, that prefers preying on mosquitoes to any other prey in a revelation that would help curb the spread of the deadly Malaria dise [ ... ]

Coffee finds its mojo in modern pest control arsenals

Kenya’s coffee, famously christened green gold, has undergone an interesting metamorphosis but weathered odds to remain one of the most preferred commodities globally. Enjoying massive uptake in th [ ... ]

How Aspirin reduces pest attacks in crops

Spraying or watering crops with the painkiller Aspirin increases their immune system while triggering their natural defense systems that fight bacteria, fungi, and viruses according to researchers. A  [ ... ]

Maize shelling takes toll on farmers' earnings

Farmers in breadbasket areas of Kenya are spending upto 15 percent of their earnings shelling maize, a venture they decry as eating into their profits. This is despite the fact that more expenses are [ ... ]

Burning crop waste sucks fertility out of soils

The practice of burning maize stalks on farms by most farmers who find no use for them after the maize harvest is working against them with agricultural officers sounding the alarm that the practice i [ ... ]

Black plastic film tames water evaporation in arid farm...

Farmers in arid areas have perfected the art of water harvesting to insulate their crops and livestock during dry spells with black plastic film and mulching having successfully transformed deserts in [ ... ]

Childhood curiosity births soil testing lab

A childhood curiosity about the differences in yields between young Fredrick Muthuri parent’s farm and that of his neighbor has been the spark that has turned him into a renown botanist and chemist  [ ... ]

Farmers correct pesticide misuse with flower venture

Over 5,500 women farmers in Nyeri farmers are correcting decades of pesticide misuse that depressed soils nutrients and left them impoverished with a new legume and flower growing venture now pointing [ ... ]

Flower farmers lose millions to sap sucking insect

A minute, less than a sixteenth of an inch long, black slender insect that resembles tiny dark threads when viewed without hand lens, has been Kenya flower farmers’ nightmare having left a trail of  [ ... ]

Health conscious Kenyans drive cultivation of neglected...

A thorny and spiky fruit vilified by most Kenyans for its strange look and taste is now recording fanatical uptake thanks to endorsement by doctors who recommend it due to its numerous health benefits [ ... ]

Soil erosion wipes nutrients and incomes

Hilly terrain and heavy rains especially during the long rains have been every farmers’ nightmare as soil erosion continues unabated carrying with it soil nutrients and washing away crops. The situa [ ... ]

Watermelons flourish in the middle of barren farms

Between large swathes of maize plantations in the weather beaten Rarieda terrain stands a one tenth acre of succulent water melons that have gives 41 year old Joseph Onduso Sh30,000 in profits every m [ ... ]

Trap crops keep pests at bay

Farmers who have struggled to tame pests are recording increased yields and reduced pest infestation on their crops thanks to certain crops like sorghum, napier grass and desmodium among others which  [ ... ]

Diminishing arable land paves way for rabbit farming

Diminishing land size and highly unpredictable weather conditions have birthed the fanatical uptake and commercialization of rabbit rearing which was traditional viewed as a boy’s hobby but which is [ ... ]

Bitter times for fruit farmers as new disease strikes

A passion fruit disease that wipes the entire crop in days and which has baffled scientists, is threatening to reverse the gains made by the fledgling sector as farmers count millions in losses. Farm [ ... ]

Low cost carbon charcoal takes pressure off Kenya fores...

A group of youth from 13 counties in Kenya keen on creating jobs is taking the pressure from felling of trees by recycling waste to make low carbon charcoal which they sell to locals. It is an initia [ ... ]

Irrigation brings barren farms to life

Smallholder farmers having now come to terms with failed rains and long dry spells are now embracing irrigation to ensure year round supply with irrigation equipment like pedal pumps, watering cans an [ ... ]

School rescues pastoralists’ livestock from death

Pastoralists staring at dwindling pasture land for their livestock are going back to school to learn about new and smart ways of managing and conserving fodder with one pastoralist school in Kiserian  [ ... ]

Resource center embraces tech to transform farming

An information resource center has transformed the lives of hundreds of farmers in the semi arid Laikipia County assisting them share knowledge with peers while diversifying crop production to shield  [ ... ]

Tech tames aflatoxins for shillings

  An application that can detect the cancer causing toxins, aflatoxins, and with accuracy levels as high as the lab tests is the new breakthrough in taming toxins responsible for numerous deat [ ... ]

Highland arrowroots return dignity to Central Kenya’s...

  A group of farmers in Central Kenya, frustrated by dwindling yields and low returns from coffee and other cash crops in the area have found solace in highland arrowroot, which does well even [ ... ]

High value agriculture places smallholder farmers in bi...

Jacob Muhia stands amid the splendour of his lush small farm, in what he attributes to heeding to the advice of local agricultural officers that the future is in higher value intensive agriculture. M [ ... ]

Daadab refugees find reprieve in pawpaw, bean cultivati...

Refugee students at Daadab are stemming food shortage in the area through pawpaw, spinach and beans, and earning from sale of surplus at a time when food shortage has bitten the camp. The students ha [ ... ]

Quality seeds herald sorghum boom in Western Kenya

In Khaoya area of Western Kenya, the sound of women singing and cheerfully chatting from an abundant sorghum field draws attention from neighbors passing by. The women’s yips and cheers could be hea [ ... ]

The terracing secret that has showered Machakos farms

William Ndolo is a family man with two wives, ten children and six grandchildren. Yet with just an acre of land in the climatically harsh Machakos county, he is able to comfortably feed his extended f [ ... ]

Green revolution feeds continent, tames climate change

Major steps in high-yield agriculture achieved during the so-called Green Revolution have not only helped feed the planet, but also have helped slow the pace of global warming by cutting the amount of [ ... ]

Superior kale varieties boost harvests, fight diseases

Sukuma wiki farmers in various areas of the country are recording a harvest boom thanks to new five improved lines that are positioning farmers to new markets for a crop grown by 90 percent farmers an [ ... ]

Health conscious households drive neglected vegetables ...

Broad leaved African nightshade (Solanum scabrum) long vilified by many households across East Africa and relegated to being orphaned crops are now enjoying fanatical uptake thanks to rising prices of [ ... ]

Sugarcane farmers use beetles to tame pest

Sugar cane farmers in Uganda are using specially bred beetles to tame the voracious white scale pest that has robbed farmers off any harvest because of their destructive nature on sugar cane. The inn [ ... ]

Tax regime puts brakes on rising sorghum sector

Emerging market threats like the recent introduction of a 50 percent excise duty on key sorghum based beer is threatening to put brakes on a crop that has been the source of livelihoods and nutrition  [ ... ]

Soil book captures Africa’s projects to tame infertil...

A publication that details the the numerous soil fertility challenges facing smallholder farmers has been launched with an aim of setting a platform to motivate and chart a path towards achieving more [ ... ]

Scientists breed nutritionally rich yam bean

Farmers in Uganda are poised to benefit from a nutritionally superior yam bean with the research now in its final stages thanks to concerted efforts from Makerere University and NARO researchers. The [ ... ]

New water harvesting project showers Marsabit farms

A high return project in Marsabit that stalled due to water shortages has inspired farmers in the area to embrace new ways of water harvesting in a venture that has now opened up new avenues of farmin [ ... ]

Farmers count more yields with localised soil fertility...

Over 1.8million smallholder farmers from sub Saharan Africa have embraced integrated soil fertility management in a bid to triple yields and foster food security in Africa,  after extensive train [ ... ]

Virtual warehouse allows farmers timely access to input...

A virtual warehouse is assisting agro input companies conveniently reach farmers saving them cost and time at a time when delayed farmer access to farming materials has been blamed for delayed plantin [ ... ]

New maize variety triples yields,withstands harsh weath...

Smallholder farmers over reliance on seed varieties from as early as 1930’s has been blamed for the continued yield dip which has further fanned the hunger cycle, but private companies are coming to [ ... ]

Smallholder irrigation plants seeds of hope in Kenya

As water resources become increasingly scarce and arable land dwindles thanks to competition from real estate and hunt for mineral resources, food security is bearing the brunt, with studies showing t [ ... ]

Private companies package fertilizers to tame deficit

As Kenyan yields become depressed due to poor soils that are nutritionally deprieved, Kenyan private companies are positioning themselves to rescue the situation with introduction of cheaper and minia [ ... ]

Farmers beat high seed prices with mini packs

After being a maize farmer for three decades, former high school teacher Athanus Kioko noticed that for the first time the harvests were dwindling at an alarming rate.  Before he used to harvest [ ... ]

Pigeon pea becomes farmers' silver bullet as rains fail

Farmers in Mbeere area Of Eastern Kenya have embraced drought resistant pigeon pea as rains become unreliable, a crop that also assisted them double incomes and yields due to growing markets. Traditi [ ... ]

Scientists use wild tomatoes to breed superior varietie...

Scientists have identified and published the genetic traits of African rice and wild tomatoes which they say is important in understanding their high yielding and drought resistant characteristics. Th [ ... ]

Radio show turns barren lands into arrowroot oases

Kathuiria Poverty Reduction Group, a Farmer Voice Radio (FVR) Listener Club based in the Central Province of Kenya, has enthusiastically followed FVR broadcasts on Coro FM since they first heard them. [ ... ]

New crop protection chemical tames voracious flower pes...

Kenya flowers are headed for good times with the introduction of a new crop protection chemical that controls plant eating pests within hours and continues to protect the flowers for a further one to  [ ... ]

Crop rotation becomes Bungoma farmer’s silver bullet

A radio program has been the spark that has changed the fortunes of a Western Kenya farmer who has doubled yields through crop rotation. Over the years, Agnes Khisa from Bungoma, Western Kenya, gre [ ... ]

Three layered bags stem post harvest losses, aflatoxin

An improved air tight three layered bag is promising Makueni grain farmers reduced post harvest losses and aflatoxin causing fungi at a time when the region has borne the brunt of poor drying that has [ ... ]

Fertilizer loan to fastrack smallholder farmers’ cro...

Western and Nyanza smallholder farmers are counting on a low cost agricultural input loan to boost their production and yields at a time when timely access to seeds, fertilizers and finance has slowed [ ... ]

Academy points farmers to ripe markets

An organization is helping agribusiness entrepreneurs in Uganda and neighbouring countries perfect farming and access markets, local and international, coming at a time when uncoordinated farm to folk [ ... ]

Baobab among first orphaned crops to undergo genetic ma...

Baobab, popularly known as the iconic tree of Africa will be the first of the 100 orphaned crops that will be genetically mapped by the Africa orphan crops academy, in a bid to create better and high  [ ... ]

Farmers speed sweet potato planting with multiplication...

Sweetpotato farmers in Kabondo area located in Homa Bay County and who produce over 60 percent of the crop to the county are managing to plant the crop in time using superior quality thanks to a rapid [ ... ]

Farmer field schools assist farmers modernize tea produ...

A school without wall programme is training tea farmers how to cushion themselves from weather changes while modernize and diversifying tea production at a time when a glut in the international market [ ... ]

Farmers count more yields without fertilizers

A farming method that doesn’t require fertilizer, uses a fraction of water and increases yields two to six times has lifted over 6500 farmers from subsistence to money oriented agriculture. Waither [ ... ]

Drought resistant maize seed rekindles hope in Machakos

Farmers in semi arid areas, knocked by weather patterns are learning new techniques to beat the weather vagaries like planting before the rains start and buying seeds suited for their climate. The tec [ ... ]

African farmers fix sick soils planting legumes

Depleted and tired soils have cost African farmers US$4 billion each year in lost productivity, with the region being a laggard in fertilizer use, but new farming techniques like planting soybean and  [ ... ]

Farmer goes tobacco way to beat pea pests

Janet Kinya a widow of two moves across her granary as she admires her well arranged sacks of beans and peas. She is among the major suppliers of these produce to schools in Embu county, a venture she [ ... ]

Potato farmers fly with cluster model

Over 5000 households in Njabini area of Nyandarua county are recording doubling of yields, income and easier access to potato farming inputs thanks to a new model that clusters them into groups to all [ ... ]

Farm grows water guzzling produce in desert

A farm in the arid Eastern Kenya has grown water guzzling fresh produce for export in the last seven years uninterrupted by the dry spells and has now become a model farm for its economic use of water [ ... ]

New wheat planting method tames weed spread

Timothy Wanjela is all smiles as he admires his acre of lush greening and well-arranged field of wheat. The crop used to be poor, strangled by grassy weeds that the farmer had been unable to control.  [ ... ]

Banana farmers count on unique fertilizer to increase b...

A fertilizer specifically targeting bananas which were introduced in the country two years ago has recorded impressive uptake among smallholder farmers who praise it for tripling yields and increases  [ ... ]

Fertilizer plant to produce 300,000tonnes yearly loweri...

Farmers in Uganda are set to enjoy reduced fertilizer prices with the launch of a mega fertilizer plant in Tororo as statistics indicate that the country’s agricultural productivity has shrunk to 1. [ ... ]

Maize like, poison free sorghum rekindles cultivation

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have launched a new type of the maize-like crop sorghum that no longer becomes toxic in prolonged drought, offering the hope that thousands of farmers may n [ ... ]

Farmers return to nuts as cure boosts crop’s immunity

At a time when Kenyan farmers are grappling with old and emerging macadamia diseases which have seen more farmers dump the once lucrative plant, a scientist is breathing new hope with a cure that once [ ... ]

The multimillion shilling tree empire that is the envy ...

Behind the 27 years toil, a national farmer’s award and a clientele base ranging from herbalists and supermarkets is the success story of Peter Nzioki who has defied nature to turn his 30 acre piece [ ... ]

Western farmers eye increased yields with training

Over 40,000 smallholder farmers from western Kenya are set to train on new age farming, in a move meant to spur more yields and incomes at a time when the climate change and poor soils have taken a to [ ... ]

‘Half moon’ contours turn Isiolo deserts into agric...

A low cost and innovative way that traps water and nutrients and concentrates them in an area that resembles a half moon is gaining popularity among farmers in the semi arid Isiolo area who have embra [ ... ]

Kenyan flower industry warms up to measuring carbon foo...

Kenya is positioning itself as a responsible flower grower with a new tool that measures carbon emissions in an international market that is increasingly concerned with emissions disclosure.   K [ ... ]

New fertilizer application technology triples yields

A new fertilizer application method that places fertilizer compartments deep into soil allowing the plant to fully absorb the nutrients is assisting rice farmers increase yields by 18 percent while re [ ... ]

Mucuna bean fertilizes degraded soils

A unique bean variety is helping fertilize degraded soils due to its nitrogen fixing traits with a crop of mucuna bean capable of fixing 150kgs of nitrogen per hectare. This coming at a time when Ken [ ... ]

Farmers scale up cassava preservation to remove poisono...

East African scientists are pushing for the third and safest way of removing cyanide, the poisonous component in cassava, which goes beyond peeling and harvesting to fermenting and milling, instead of [ ... ]

Private companies package own fertilizers to stem short...

Private agricultural companies are now delving into the distribution of fertilizers to Kenya farmers to stem biting shortage and uncoordinated distribution channels that have opened a tirade of effect [ ... ]

Horticultural farmers double yields with crop energizer

A new crop energizer and yield booster is proving popular among horticultural farmers who are recording more than doubling of their yields with the supplement being hailed for its ability to assist cr [ ... ]

New tomato variety battles wilt disease

A new tomato variety resistant to bacterial wilt disease has been unveiled to Western Kenya farmers who have traditionally suffered low yields due to tired soils that are also wilt laden. The need to [ ... ]

The app that is farmers’ accountant

A company is leveraging on the mobile boom in Kenya to entice farmers to move the phones from just communicating and entertainment to earning. Virtual City owned by John Waibochi has been through an  [ ... ]

Farmers count on video to boost yields

An innovative group has introduced mobile video lessons targeting Uganda farmers to bridge the acute undersupply of extension officers and boost yields. Strained by the need to better farmers livelih [ ... ]

Elephants tame Sodom apple spread, saving livestock

Farmers who have struggled with the poisonous and invasive Sodom Apple responsible for deaths of their livestock can now breathe easy after it was established that the wild animals’ appetite for the [ ... ]

Farmer earns from rearing red worms for organic manure

Peter Kanyagia a former accountant is earning upto Sh100,000 every three month rearing and breeding red worms which are in demand by farmers in organic farming who use them to create manure used to gr [ ... ]

Tired soils put future food availability at risk

The increasing degradation of earth’s peak soil through over cultivation and nutrient mining is putting pressure on food production with researchers warning that by 2050 agricultural production will [ ... ]

Organic vegetables over 6 times more nutritious, study

Organic fruits, vegetables and cereals are up to 69 percent more nutritious than conventionally grown ones according to a study, the first most comprehensive one on nutritional difference between the  [ ... ]

Conservation agriculture, intercropping breathes new li...

A combination of farming practices in areas where tired soils have depressed yields is reversing the sorry state of affairs with intercropping, conservation agriculture among others now more than doub [ ... ]

Green energy assists rural farmers stem post harvest lo...

Grain farmers in rural areas buffeted by rising cost and uneven distribution of electricity which has made it hard for them to access electricity powered storage facilities now have a reason to smile  [ ... ]

Solar powered mini silos tames grain loss

A solar powered mini silo designed for smallholder farmer is touted to reduce post harvest losses in grains which currently stands at 60 percent and attributed to poor storage facilities. Traditional [ ... ]

Project gives farmers unlimited access to patent free s...

Farmers and breeders can now have unlimited access to high yielding seed varieties that were traditionally a preserve of big seed companies thanks to an initiative that is breaking the intellectual pr [ ... ]

Rearing chicken and cows triple Kisii farmer’s earnin...

A decision to keep dairy cows in the same space with poultry is paying off for Edward Mainga with the cow dung providing worms for the chicken while the chicken turns the dung into manure that is used [ ... ]

Crop stimulant doubles horticultural yields

Horticultural and grain farmers in Kenya are set to cut the costs of expenditure on pesticides and double their output with the introduction of a crop growth stimulant and fortifier that enhances the  [ ... ]

Falling water tables frustrate Central Kenya farmers

Swamps are fast disappearing in Central Province, as farmers drain them to grow crops. Rice, arrowroot, sugarcane and vegetable farms have replaced wetlands that play a big role in cleaning rivers, st [ ... ]

Farmer field schools point farmers to right farming too...

Farmer field schools are emerging as the cheapest and quickest way of disseminating information to farmers with studies indicating an increase in yields, and improved farming techniques by more farmer [ ... ]

Radio assists disabled farmers to increase yields

A group of disabled farmers in Nyeri county are recording improved yields thanks to a radio program that is teaching them simple farming techniques at a time when shortage of extension officers has af [ ... ]

Tomato farmers count losses as European pest strikes

A tomato disease that wipes upto 100 percent yields in days has hit the country putting over Sh14billion annually that the crop brings to the economy at risk. Dubbed Tuta Absoluta the dangerous pest  [ ... ]

Vitamin A rich bananas to the rescue of E. Africans

A genetically engineered Vitamin A rich banana variety is being trialed in America that could offer relief to millions of East Africans who rely on it and could curb over 700,000 infant deaths blamed  [ ... ]

Bio bees triple yields in greenhouses

Greenhouse farmers in the country are set to triple yields and earn from honey with the introduction of bio bees expected to foster natural pollination process as opposed to the current manual vibrati [ ... ]

Organic farming provides alternatives to failed farm te...

Kenya’s organic farming has fast gained grounds with over 200,000 farmers practicing and over 15,000 exporters involved in sale of organically produced crops, a venture that has also seen partnershi [ ... ]

Sensors help farmers monitor greenhouses while miles aw...

Greenhouse farmers can now monitor temperature and soil conditions while far away thanks to an automated sensor gadget that communicates about the greenhouse conditions to the farmer via an SMS. This  [ ... ]

Scientists develop biopesticide to tame fruit fly

A bio pesticide that tames the spread of the voracious fruit fly has been developed by scientists at the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), a move that could save over 30  [ ... ]

Scientists develop biopesticide to tame fruit fly

A bio pesticide that tames the spread of the voracious fruit fly has been developed by scientists at the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), a move that could save over 30  [ ... ]

Company turns nuts to fuel creating wealthy farmers

Over 1500 farmers in Laikipia are earning a tidy income by supplying nuts from the croton canopy tree to a company that produces organic fertilizers and biofuels from the nuts, in ana arrangement that [ ... ]

Subukia farmers fight pests with neem leaves

Farmers in Subukia area of Nakuru are cutting the spread of pests by upto 40 percent at zero cost thanks to the freely available neem leaves and seeds that have proven more potent that conventional pe [ ... ]

Data system to tame animal to human diseases

A project to reduce incidences of diseases transmitted from animals to humans is in the offing in Kisumu at a time when poor animal handling methods is being blamed for the rising cases of such diseas [ ... ]

Scientist grows virus inside pest’s body taming its s...

A scientist has invented a biological pest control virus against the voracious African bollworm that attacks over 25 crop species, by growing the virus inside the body of the pest which assists the vi [ ... ]

Foot powered pumps set to monetize food growing

Two economists are studying the marketing, financing and impact of a human powered treadle irrigation pump among Kenya’s smallholder farmers as demand for more food by a growing population and chang [ ... ]

Horticultural farmers fight voracious pest with sex tra...

Vegetable and flower farmers are wiping out voracious pests through a unique sex trap that tricks the destructive male diamond moth pest and traps it, reducing cost on the prohibitive conventional pes [ ... ]

Breeders unveil superior French bean variety

The fortunes of French beans farmers in the country have been raised with the introduction of new varieties that have uniform maturity eliminating the tedious harvesting schedules that comes in stages [ ... ]

Heated human waste to heal Kenya’s sick soil

A researcher is exploring various methods of increasing soil nutrients to Kenya’s tired soil including burning human waste at higher degrees and mixing it with urine in what is seen as a cheaper alt [ ... ]

Agronomist steams soil to fight ‘the HIV of soil’

An agronomist has introduced a cheap way of steaming soil, killing over 90 percent of bacteria and other disease causing organisms in the soil which are responsible for the increasing wilt diseases am [ ... ]

Colonial furrows irrigate Yatta farms

A furrow that was used by the colonial administrators to punish the locals of Yatta area in Machakos is turning the semi arid area into an oasis, with irrigated farms supplying households with surplus [ ... ]

Mini tractors spur farmers into mechanized agriculture

The introduction of mini tractors and power tillers that are 50 percent cheaper than conventional tillers is birthing a new farming revolution, which is now seeing more smallholder farmers enter mecha [ ... ]

Moisture meters tame aflatoxin poisoning in Uganda

Ugandan cereal farmers have benefitted from moisture meters which measure the moisture content, preventing post harvest losses and taming aflatoxin poisoning which has been responsible for deaths acro [ ... ]

Low cost storage facility stems food waste

A low cost storage facility meant to preserve produce for upto two weeks is assisting smallholder farmers stem food waste and sell their produce at reasonable prices at a time when Kenya is losing upt [ ... ]

Farmers embrace chicken pea in short rains to boost yea...

As cropping seasons determine what yields farmers will get due to the amount of rain, farmers are alternating maize cultivation with chicken pea and ensuring bumper harvest throughout the year. While [ ... ]

Maize farmers reclaim lost yields with organic traps

Maize and sorghum farmers in western Kenya through the guidance from researchers are using organic traps to rid their crops of pests and the lethal witch weed which have robbed them off their yield fu [ ... ]

Online resource center quenches farmers’ thirst for i...

An electronic resource center is providing thousands of farmers with timely agricultural information thanks to the impressive internet penetration with upto 15,000 farmers accessing it daily. Launche [ ... ]

Stunt resistant grass to the rescue of East African fa...

Over 50,000 farmers from Kenya and Uganda are set to benefit from a new breed of Napier grass that is resistant to Napier Stunt Disease which has threatened extinction of the vital forage for farmers  [ ... ]

FAO sounds the alarm on world’s most destructive bana...

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world's most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium  [ ... ]

Layered storage bags choke pests, reducing post harvest...

Newly launched storage bags are saving farmers the use of expensive preservatives while helping them cut their post harvest losses at a time FAO indicate that Africa losses over $4 billion annually in [ ... ]

Sex trap tames voracious moth

An early warning system using traps that fake the smell of mating female moths has delivered a breakthrough in countering the spread of the armyworm, which can move into an area and devastate entire c [ ... ]

Researchers launch high yielding rice variety to tame i...

Researchers under the auspices of Africa Rice Center have introduced 6 new stress tolerant high yielding rice inspired by the need to tame the high dependence on imports, with statistics indicating th [ ... ]

Mobile soil testing trucks to the rescue of Ugandan far...

Ugandan farmers are set to benefit from free agricultural training and soil testing, thanks to the acquisition of a mobile soil testing and training laboratory truck which will tour the country’s ru [ ... ]

Researchers blend fertilizers to boost yields

Researchers are blending and customizing fertilizers to suit farmers needs as details emerge that the leading cause of soil infertility is wrong fertilizer application. Although most farmers from the  [ ... ]

Mobile soil testing kits salvage Western Kenya soils

Over 800 farmers in Trans-Nzoia have benefitted from a project where researchers are using mobile soil testing kits to detect acidity in soils and then giving the farmers lime free of charge to boost  [ ... ]

Researchers decry dismal uptake of purple tea

Researchers are decrying the low uptake of the superior purple tea among farmers despite its high yields and better pricing three years after it was released into the market. In the South Rift, for e [ ... ]

Seed grower targets farmers with Sh10 pack

The cost and scarcity of high quality seeds in Kenya has held back many smallholders in achieving the highest yields, as well as limiting them in trying out new crops. But the first moves by small, lo [ ... ]

Scientists unveil disease resistant napier to fight smu...

Scientists at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) have unveiled two superior, disease resistant napier grass varieties at a time when farmers especially in Western Kenya  [ ... ]

Farmers move to organic fertilizer as soil acidity take...

Kilifi farmers are slowly courting organic fertilizer in a move meant to shift them from conventional fertilizers that have been responsible for increasing soil acidity that is taking its toll on yiel [ ... ]

‘Super Grow’ stems water wastage, tripling yields

Kenyan farmers are using a new solution that reduces water and pesticides wastage by allowing faster absorption by the roots, translating into tripling of yields and reduction in farm expenses. The s [ ... ]

Crop insurance insulate thousands from weather vagaries

Over 180,000 smallholder farmers in East Africa have insured their crops, in a new move that is fuelled by the continued unpredictable weather patterns that has resulted in losses worth millions of sh [ ... ]

Company breeds low cost superior maize varieties amid s...

At a time when the changing climatic conditions are dictating what seeds to plant where, one Kenyan company has incessantly committed itself to breeding high yield seeds primarily maize, to small-scal [ ... ]

Kenyan maize finds its mojo in new labs

Researchers are teaming up to address the growing list of maize woes in the country as studies indicate that high yielding disease resistant varieties are the only solution for a crop relied by over t [ ... ]

Irrigation scheme nourishes arid Loitoktok farms

The landscape in the shadow of Africa's largest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is stunning. The climate is ideal and the soil is rich and deep. But until recently farmers in Kenya's Loitokitok district had st [ ... ]

Telcom firm launches information system for farmers

Mobile phone firm Airtel Kenya has launched an agribusiness information system meant to provide real time information to farmers on its network in a bid to increase yields and income from agribusiness [ ... ]

Soya bean fixes Mumias’ tired soils

Soya bean is positioning itself as a lucrative commercial crop in Mumias with over 1000 farmers cultivating it thanks to empowerment by research groups and ready market from Promassidor. The  leg [ ... ]

Plastic floating papyrus islands to clean L Naivasha

A project to create plastic floating islands containing papyrus plants known to clean dirty water is promising to not only clean Lake Naivasha but provide feeding options for aquatic animals in a lake [ ... ]

Seed companies warn of ‘Dubai seeds’

Seed companies are sounding the alarm on the circulation of fake and substandard seed commonly referred to as ‘Dubai seeds’, as farmers prepare for harvesting season with details emerging that in  [ ... ]

Livestock urine fights banana diseases in Uganda

Ugandan farmers are embracing a traditionally cheaper therapy of soaking banana buds in livestock urine before planting as banana diseases and pests take toll on a crop that provides income and food t [ ... ]

Farmers turn wild sunflowers into low cost fertilizer

A group of farmers in Gatanga have found a way to produce local fertilizer that is delivering a much cheaper and more effective alternative to synthetic fertliser and a new business opportunity at gra [ ... ]

Pollinator diseases threaten global crops

Scientists have warned of imminent new threats to agriculture and food security with discovery of two infectious diseases carried by honeybees which are now spilling over into wild bumblebees which ar [ ... ]

Project bets on organized farm to folk model to grow ho...

Some 100,000 smallholder farmers in Eastern Kenya are now a step away from doubling household incomes through access to high quality farm inputs, and access to structured markets thanks to a transform [ ... ]

Vanguard farmers turn to motorbikes to irrigate farms

A simple pump operated by a motorbike is the latest innovation for farmers keen on irrigation due to its cost effectiveness with the pump using one litre of petrol to push 40,000 litres of water to a  [ ... ]

Wheat farmers double yields with row planting

Kimani Warutara is all smiles as he admires the towering lush of his wheat farm. In the last three harvests he managed to get half of what his two acre piece originally produced, thanks to swathes of  [ ... ]

Napier grass woes birth formidable alliances

Napier grass cultivation in East Africa has been on an impressive rise in the last two decades as more farmers delve into dairy farming and as the dairying move from extensive to zero grazing and pric [ ... ]

School fights drought with low cost water harvesting mo...

Over 300 students from Father Makewa High School located in the arid Machakos district have never known hunger even as the school stands in an area that has experienced incessant hunger since time imm [ ... ]

Permaculture allows farmers to preserve forests and ear...

In a bid to preserve the environment, farmers in the country are adopting a new form of farming that advocate for combined crop cultivation and animal rearing in a symbiotic relationship that is prese [ ... ]

Tanzanian farmers cut overreliance on forests with mult...

A unique palm tree located in one of Tanzania’s endangered forests is providing people living in the forests with alternative source of income and assisting them spare felling of trees which have be [ ... ]

Liming heals western Kenya’s acidic soils, boost farm...

The chronically acidic soils of Western Kenya has meant endless woes to the farmers in the area, but a new method of applying lime to the tired soils is changing fortunes and rekindling hope to thousa [ ... ]

Farmers device new ways of produce preservation to beat...

As temperatures reach unprecedented levels bringing new challenges of post harvest preservation of produce, farmers are devising new ways of insulating themselves from the losses with farmers in the N [ ... ]

Mobile app assists farmers monitor soil and weather con...

A team of university students from Kenya has developed a software program to help farmers monitor and address weather and soil conditions, as a study by the University of Nairobi reveals that intensiv [ ... ]

Pest resistant coffee varieties rekindle coffee boom

Scientists have identified two disease resistant coffee varieties in India that are resistant to the coffee leaf rust and coffee berry disease(CBD) that are responsible for over 70 per cent of coffee  [ ... ]

Rising temperatures create mutating coffee pests

The rise in temperatures due to climate change is leading to the proliferation of the coffee berry borer, one of the crop's most devastating pests, leading to losses in coffee production at a time whe [ ... ]

Irrigation biggest threat to ecosystem, study

As Kenya gears to move away from rainfed agriculture and invest heavilly in alternatives mainly irrigation, reports have raised the red flag saying at long run such a move may cause more harm than goo [ ... ]

Machine spares coffee farmers hours of hard labour

Coffee farmers in the country can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a new machine that will now assist them in pulping coffee, a practice that is usually labour intensive. Dubbed the eco pulper the m [ ... ]

Dissapearing pollinators threaten food security

A global study has reported a 40 per cent drop, in the last decade, in the population of the insects that pollinate two-thirds of the world'sfood production crops, raising an additional specter in ach [ ... ]

Community granary spares farmers’ produce from floods

Farmers in the deluge prone Bunyala area of Budalangi who have traditionally lost their harvest due to incessant floods are now assured of safety of their harvests thanks to community granaries that a [ ... ]

Vihiga farmers adopt maize that kills ‘purple witch...

Vihiga farmers have intensified their efforts to curb the devastating ‘purple’ witch using ‘the new Striga killer’ maize variety in an effort to save over 70 percent of arable land that is inf [ ... ]

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