Crops

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 [ ... ]

Kenyan farmers turn to high value crops to grow profits

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

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 [ ... ]

Scientists target high yielding rice with new discovery

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 [ ... ]

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 triple earnings with networking

Kenyan farmers have increased production in selected crops by upto 50 percent and increased farm earnings to 30 percent thanks to professional networking which has facilitate information sharing and e [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Farmers find fortunes in arrow root cultivation

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. [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Refugee students fight food shortage with pawpaw garden...

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 [ ... ]

Bungoma farmer doubles yields with crop rotation

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, grew  [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]

Tea farmers triple yields with ‘school without wall...

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

000s of farmers double yields growing crops fertilizer ...

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Farmer groups redefine irrigation uptake

As erratic rainfall takes its toll on crops, smallholder farmers are joining hands to embrace irrigation with a group in Kilifi contributing about Sh350 each to buy irrigation equipment. “We realiz [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Miracle tree halves deforestation, provides household i...

A project that is using Moringa oleifera commonly referred to as miracle tree to replenish soil nutrients while improving food security is paying off with households producing their own oils and takin [ ... ]

Technology delivers timely services to forgotten farmer...

Hundreds of kilometers away from Kenya’s capital City Nairobi, 56 year old former stock broker Douglas Waireri sits in a men only investment club. He chairs the meeting which takes most of his time. [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]

High yield agriculture slows climate change, study

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

School sustains itself with tomato plants sale

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 [ ... ]

Harvests triple as farmers find friend in new trainings

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Newfound water harvesting venture turns dry Marsabit in...

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Farmer preserves peas with tobacco leaves and chilli, s...

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 [ ... ]

Rice farmers increase sowing speed with new technology

Rice farmers in Mwea area of Central Kenya have adopted a modest technology of sowing rice seeds which has cut costs by upto 60 percent while reducing seed wastage by 90 percent. One of their own Alb [ ... ]

Farmers find benefits in dreaded invasive weed

Pastoralists in the arid Baringo district have finally discovered a huge benefit to a weed that has for over two decades invaded their land at a fast rate and killed their livestock.  Prosopis ju [ ... ]

Drought resistant rice key to food security

Crop Scientists in Japan have discovered a gene in rice that could significantly improve its resistance to drought a move that signals a bright future for many rice farmers in Kenya who have for a lon [ ... ]

Irrigation scheme greens Kenya’s arid zone

The re launch of Jara jara irrigation scheme in Balambala division, Garissa district by United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) some years back as part of the organization’s bid to [ ... ]

Green beans to the rescue of Kenyan farmers

Spirited efforts by US and Kenyan scientist has birthed new varieties of green beans that thrive at lower altitudes and are resistant to rust even as it emerges that green beans are one of Kenya’s b [ ... ]

Farmers’ conversion to organic farming triples yields...

Kenya prides itself in having embraced organic farming, yet behind the glory is a rigorous conversion process from farming to registration but which has delivered 25 percent more yields and market pri [ ... ]

Seed shortage inspires innovative ventures

More than 1.3 million Kenyan farmers do not have any maize seeds to plant and around 3.7 million people in Kenya are food insecure. The demand for seeds in 13 countries in Africa combined is around 0. [ ... ]

Researchers tame ‘purple witch’ with unique traps

Concerted efforts between farmers and research institutions to keep the deadly striga weed at bay are finally paying off, after decades of disappointments and huge losses by farmers. Statistics indica [ ... ]

Low cost soil fertility techniques raise yields in West...

For long among arable areas of Kenya, the Western region has long been viewed as a model of soil degradation characterized by low food crop production.  On average a hectare there yields 0.5 tonn [ ... ]

‘Drop by drop’ funds farmers to access irrigation t...

Smallholder farmers in the country struggling to access finance to embrace new age farming can now be relieved after the introduction of a flexible bit by bit mode of payment to access Money maker irr [ ... ]

70m Africans to benefit from fast maturing cassava var...

Over 70 million people in developing countries who largely depend on Cassava are set to benefit from a new breed of the crop that can not only be bred on large scale to contain high contents of vitami [ ... ]

Farmers count on grafting for more yields and incomes

Ongoing poor yields has pushed scientists and farmers together to accelerate the uptake of grafting as a permanent solution. Grafting involves picking one part of a plant that is inferior and replacin [ ... ]

Indigenous fruit tree farming rises to fight malnutriti...

Peter Njeru a farmer from Siakago in Eastern Province is part of 27 farmers tapping the potential of indigenous fruit trees for economic benefits. Last year the farmers began adopting grafted indigeno [ ... ]

Flower farms count profits with a biological pest contr...

East African flower companies are cutting down on expenses they use in pest control, while preserving the environment thanks to a new and cheaper biological control method that chew the voracious mite [ ... ]

Kenyan scientist recognized for connecting insects’ r...

A Kenyan born scientist and his love for insects has shot him to international stardom winning him prestigious recognition in a study that he did that links the role of insects on food security in Ken [ ... ]

Demonstration plots raise farmers’ grain yields

Over 15,000 smallholder farmers in Western Kenya are recording a more than doubling of grain yields in a project that involves small demonstration plots and aimed at improving soil fertility in the re [ ... ]

Farmers a step away from owning greenhouses on loan

Farmers and youth who have traditionally been locked out of modern farming due to financial constraints can now breathe easy after a partnership between Amiran and Rafiki Deposit taking Microfinance,  [ ... ]

Farmers move to seed bulking creating banks for orphane...

Farmers in western Kenya have now moved to bulk their own legumes for their farms, cutting the over reliance on seed companies and taking pressure off research institutions which have predominantly be [ ... ]

New banana disease puts 85 percent of East Africans at ...

A destructive strain of a banana wilt disease which has devastated thousands of acres of plantations in Asia for the last two decades has been discovered on Cavendish bananas, also known as plaintain  [ ... ]

Farmer field schools spur on farm tree cultivation

Over 300 farmers in Kitale have learnt how to optimize their small pieces of land and raise yields by adding trees, shrubs and other crops in a classic complementary tree crop farming thanks to initia [ ... ]

Unique silos insulate farmers from weevil attacks

A funding scheme introduced ten years ago to assist farmers buy metal silos for storing grains and insulating them from weevil and other pest attacks has recorded fanatical uptake with over 90 percent [ ... ]

Mahogany farmers bet on pollen to save the endangered s...

Mahogany farmers in Kenya are counting on a new research that shows that the pollen from the leaf can help the globally threatened species. The researchers from the University of Adelaide studied the [ ... ]

Crop pest portal slashes attacks by upto 50 percent

A global information portal launched to provide information on crop pest and disease has assisted farmers cut farm losses by upto 50 percent as more farmers embrace it for timely interventions. This w [ ... ]

Urban gardens gobble up toxins, protecting city dweller...

Dorothy Kimakia a retired stock broker admires lush vegetation on a plot of land the size of a basketball pitch adjacent to her dwelling in Rongai. Talking over car horns and city bus engines, she sho [ ... ]

Kitui farmers fight food shortage, dry spells with sisa...

Smallholder farmers in Kitui West District are insulating themselves from failed rains with sisal farming, which has not only increased household incomes, but opened up a whole value addition market,  [ ... ]

Farmers triple yields, conserve soil moisture with fert...

Over 3000 farmers in Kenya have planted  a unique tree, introduced a few years ago, that thrives in dry areas, triples crop yields and regenerate Kenya’s poor soils at a time when studies show  [ ... ]

Strawberry emerges as fruit of choice as city gardens t...

An innovative programme aimed at beautifying households in the city has enabled city dwellers cut on the costs spent on buying fruits by being able to have fruit gardens in their living rooms thanks t [ ... ]

Kenyan pioneer drip manufacturing technology cuts kit...

The burgeoning demand for modern farming techniques like drip kits buoyed by rising appetite for farming for business by more Kenyans is now seeing manufacturers positioning themselves to sate rising  [ ... ]

Farmers bet on human urine to scare moles

Small scale farmers in Western Kenya are capitalising on a research that found human urine as a potent pesticide to repel moles that have been eating roots of crops, causing grief in the farms. Accord [ ... ]

000s of farmers reap from potato multiplication project

A project meant to produce potato minitubers through rapid multiplication which was introduced last year in the country has recorded impressive growth with more than 15,000 potato farmers across East  [ ... ]

Yields and income grow as intercropping takes shape amo...

Farmers across the country are reaping from growing different crops within the same area, a practice that is not only helping them double yields but is assisting the crops rely on each other in hedgin [ ... ]

Simple farming technique that contains coffee pest

A low cost pest control method against the voracious coffee thrip has worked for thousands of farmers who have lost tons of coffee berries translating into a 10 percent dip in the country’s coffee o [ ... ]

Farmers reclaim depleted soils growing crops in sloppy ...

As unpredictable heavy rainfall takes a toll on sloping land which has seen soils being swept away together with the nutrients, farmers are working with scientists to reclaim the land through terrace  [ ... ]

Researchers use fruit fly to understand diabetes transm...

Researchers at Maryland University have successfully used fruit fly to experiment the genetic transmission of Type 1 diabetes, in a breakthrough that could pave the way to discovering the genetic caus [ ... ]

Cover crops boost soil health for shillings

Vanguard farmers are halving pests in their farms and improving soil health at a minimum cost with cover crops, a unique breed of non-crops like grains, legumes and grasses that are fast growing and s [ ... ]

Farmers get smart with new grass to fight head smut dis...

A recently introduced nappier grass variety by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) is cushioning farmers from the devastating effects of the head smut disease which wipes between 40 to 10 [ ... ]

Kitui farmers delves to diversify food production with ...

A novel water harvesting method in Kitui County has changed the fortunes of over 70,000 farmers, leading to food diversification and job creations in an area traditionally at the mercy of the rain god [ ... ]

Nuts and legumes offer cheap fertilizer to farmers

Farmers growing traditional crops like maize side by side with legumes are recording more than double increase in yields and cutting down on fertilizer spend as legumes fertilize the soils at 20 perce [ ... ]

Scientists build resilience in beans with unique fungi

A new dose of friendly fungi could be the much awaited secret for boosting the resilience of beans and cassava to pest attacks scientists now say, a discovery that could free farmers from years of ove [ ... ]

Wonder grass halts soil erosion in Voi

Farmers in Voi have endlessly courted the woes of soil erosion with over half of their crops swept by raging waters every season until a unique multi purpose wonder grass was introduced to them which  [ ... ]

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