May 2014

horticultural farming kenya

Horticultural farmers fight voracious pest with sex trap

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 pesticides. This comes at a time when horticultural farmers are struggling accessing the lucrative European market due to allegations of their produce having pesticides …

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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 among greenhouse farmers costing them fortunes. The steaming doesn’t affect the nutrients in the soil. The introduction of the greenhouses which are famously …

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Kenyan mum finds market in German’s love for Kenyan tea

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 becoming a favourite in meetings, corporate and casual. Rachel Mwakazi has had more than two decades experience selling different commodities to Germans but at …

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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 mechanized agriculture, traditionally a preserve of their large scale counterparts. Depending on the user speed, on average, a mini tractor is able to plough about …

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Continental competition entices youth with Sh2million grant

A continental agribusiness competition is seeking to reward youth with ideas on how to improve productivity of certain crops, and is seen as a way of enticing youth to a sector capable of bridging the yawning gap between the employed and unemployed. The Africa Agribusiness Competition is targeting youth between 18-30 years from Sub Saharan …

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