July 2018

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Village based advisors transforming agriculture and economies in Kiambu-AGRA

It is not farming as usual for more than 4,000 farmers in Kiambu County on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The farmers have embraced the use of high yielding maize varieties, use of fertilizer and correct seed spacing which has doubled their yields. This is thanks to an innovative approach of using     Village Based …

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KEPHIS launches drought resistant and fast maturing crops in Siaya

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has launched drought resistant and fast maturing crops in Rarieda, Siaya County to benefit smallholder farmers. The crops which were on display at Rarieda Farmers Field day in July included finger millet, sorghum, groundnuts, cassava, soya beans, nerica rice, cotton and orange fleshed sweet potatoes. Nerica rice for …

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Indian company introduces air-tight grains storage bags for Kenya farmers

SaveGrain Bag, photo courtesy. SaveGrain Bags,  part of Panama Group, an Indian firm which provides scientific food grain storage services has introduced in the Kenyan market  grains storage bags which can be used to store food grains, seeds, beans and nuts among others for up to two years without using any harmful chemicals. SaveGrain Bags …

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Early planting and farmyard manure control bean stem maggot pest that causes wilting to the crop

Beans farming in Kenya. Phpto courtesy. Kenyan farmers can cheaply control bean stem maggot, a disease which attacks beans stems further blocking the movement of water and nutrients from the roots to the upper parts of the plant causing wilting and death of plants by use of farmyard manure and planting early before the rains. …

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Samburu County launches pasture production project to improve farmers’ income

Samburu County has set aside 5,000 acres for pasture production in a bid to improve farmers’ income by training them on hay farming then purchasing their produce for storage to be used during the dry season. In 2017 for instance 1,500 livestock died in Baringo due to drought that led to insufficient pasture and water. …

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New cost free method increases shelf life of potatoes from one week to seven months

With research showing that sweet potatoes are going bad within a week, a new cost-free method is increasing the shelf-life of the produce for up to seven months. This innovative way of increasing the freshness of the produce allows for more time for commercial farmers to access far-flung markets while improving food security for subsistence …

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Government to sponsor 118 fresh agriculture graduates to undertake internship in Israel

The Government of Kenya will sponsor118 fresh agriculture graduates to undergo an internship programme in Israel where they will be taught on the use water and irrigation in farming. This follows the Israeli government’s pledge to train Kenyan youth on agricultural innovations as part of technology transfer in the sector. Ministry of agriculture, livestock and …

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Why dairy production in Kenya is 60 per cent more expensive than in the neighboring countries

Kenyan farmers spend about 60 per cent more money in milk and other dairy production as compared to their colleagues in the East African region. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the cost of producing one litre of milk range from Sh20 to Sh25 compared to Sh10 in neighboring countries; Tanzania and …

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