March 2014

Researchers launch high yielding rice variety to tame import gap

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 that the continent imports about 10 million metric tonnes  annually accounting for a third of the total global production. Rice is grown in more …

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Mobile soil testing trucks to the rescue of Ugandan farmers

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 rural areas with a team of researchers from National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). The initiative which is a private public partnership is geared towards …

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Farmers invest in homemade livestock feeds as prices skyrocket

Long buffeted by escalating prices of commercial feeds and unpredictable weather patterns, a group of farmers in Rift Valley are finding solace in alternative feeds and are reporting a halving of feed expenses from their ventures. Hellen Yego, a dairy farmer in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County, began producing her own feed after she realised the …

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Zero grazing reduces tick diseases by upto 8 times study

A study by the International Livestock Research Institute ILRI is advocating for zero grazing system to contain tick borne diseases as it emerged that free range systems exposes livestock to ticks-increasing the chances of contracting diseases.  “Animals subjected to zero-grazing systems had 80 per cent lower chance of contracting ECF than in farms where there …

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Project creates lowcost greenhouses for East African farmers

A project by US students is helping East African farmers move beyond subsistence farming by developing affordable, inexpensive greenhouses at a time when the pricey greenhouses have locked majority of farmers from greenhouse farming. “The project aims to bring subsistence farmers to small-scale farming,” explained Arianna De Reus, a project team member and a junior …

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