January 2016

KSh700 insemination for Nyandarua farmers as vets get motorbikes

Nyandarua County government has rolled out a cheap artificial insemination programme targeting to improve the quality of livestock products of more than 5,000 farmers. Ol Joro Orok  Sub-County Head Dr Karanja Muiruri said it would improve the quality of animals, especially dairy, to empower farmers in meeting the ever rising demand of milk in the …

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Meru farmer selling mature mango plants in small pots

Urban farming enthusiasts, and especially those living in rented spaces, can dabble in fruit farming after the introduction of potted miniature mango plants by prominent orchard manager, Henry M’Tiiri. Mr. M’Tiiri, whose nursery is in Meru County, but supplies seedlings to all of East Africa, is selling ready-to-fruit mango plants, that come in neat pots, …

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Kenyan wheat farmers urge government to increase import tax

Farmers have urged the government to increase the import duty on wheat as a way of enabling Kenyan producers to effectively market their products locally. The chairman of the Cereal Growers Association (CGA) Farnie Kruger lamented the low returns from the crop are dissuading farmers from cultivating it. Currently, a 90Kg bag of wheat fetches …

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GMO maize promises to triple farmers’ yields

Maize farmers in Kenya could produce 3.7 tonnes of maize per hectare (2.5 acre), almost three times the current capacity immediately the government approves commercialization of Bacillus Thuringiensis maize (BT maize), a  type of genetically modified organism (GMO) variety. Currently, Kenya produces a paltry 1.6 tonnes per hectare which is more than three times below the …

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UKaid providing low-interest loans to Kenyan farmers

Farmers from various counties have reported increased income after improving their enterprise using low-interest loans from UKaid.  UKaid allows farmers access to funding through its Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund (FICCF), which is provide to those who specialise in dairy (Bomet, Embu, Nyandarua and Nakuru), sorghum/cassava – Homa Bay, Siaya and other counties bordering Lake …

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