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The Sh50 scratchcard pioneering microsinsurance for Kenyan farmers

By George Munene Kenyan insurance surveyor Acre Africa, has developed a pioneering micro-insurance product tailored to help guard smallholder farmers against climate change. Dubbed Bima Pima (‘insurance in affordable bits’) farmers buy a scratchcard that is activated with as little as Sh 50. Only three per cent of small-scale Sub-Saharan African farmers are insured. This …

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Kilifi farmers unlock mbuyu (baobab) tree potential through value addition

By George Munene Over 800 farmers in Ganze constituency, Kilifi County are unlocking and benefiting from mabuyu/baobab tree’s great potential by adding value to its fruit, using it to make cooking and cosmetic oils as well as baking flour. The Sh5 million United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded project has helped them acquire a specialised …

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Vetiver grass—most cost-efficient soil erosion control doubles crop yield

By George Munene Vetiver grass is classed as the most cost-efficient living barrier in controlling soil erosion with semi-arid farmers reporting 40-50 per cent yield increases when using vetiver hedges on their farms.  Vetiver, which translates to ‘root that is dug deep’, penetrates to depths in excess of three meters in some soil types. These …

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New miraa act demands registration for nursery operators & dealers

By George Munene The Crops (miraa) Regulations Act, 2021 will demand that farmers looking to operate a commercial miraa (khat) nursery obtain an annual license from their county government. The license will be issued within five working days if the farmer has complied with Regulations and Miraa (Khat) industry- Code of Practice. These include supplying …

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