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February 2023

Farmers improve yield lowering fertilizers, embracing organic forward agriculture

  A farming method that doesn’t require fertilizer, uses a fraction of water and increases yields two to six times has lifted over 6500 farmers from subsistence to money oriented agriculture. Waithera Kimotho beams as she shows off her farm, irrigated with her family’s new water pump. The mother of seven kids no longer has …

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Poisoning invasive wildlife brings negative consequences to farmers

  Human-wildlife conflict has become a thorny issue especially now that farmers are opening up more forests for economic benefits. Threatened wild animals attack humans as they invade farms for livestock or crops for food because of the shrinking land resource. Farmers bordering conservancies, for example those in the counties of Nyeri, Meru, Kajiado, Taita-Taveta, …

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Kuroiler chicken brooder finds fortunes from in-demand breed

An en­ter­pris­ing farmer is cash­ing in on the pent up de­mand for su­per­ior chicken vari­ety, Kur­oiler, in Uganda to brood eggs for farm­ers with poor brood­ing prac­tices ham­per­ing avail­ab­il­ity of chicks. Des­pite the fact that the rare bird has be­come more pop­u­lar among wealth seek­ing farm­ers and youths, there is major set­back sur­round­ing the breed. …

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Mumias farmers find sweet returns in soya after abandoning sugarcane

Farm­ers who have tra­di­tion­ally grown sug­ar­cane are find­ing sweeter days re­pla­cing cane with maize and Soya beans in a move boost­ing house­hold food se­cur­ity and in­come. Since the set up of the once giant miller in Kenya in 1970s, many farm­ers have re­lied on it as a sole source for sur­vival by cul­tiv­at­ing and de­liv­er­ing …

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5,000 Nyeri farmers earn & fertilise soils from legume & flower growing scheme

Over 5,500 women farmers in Nyeri farmers are correcting decades of pesticide misuse that depressed soils nutrients and left them impoverished with a new legume and flower growing venture now pointing them to international markets. This is why Kevin Gallagher, a researcher recently found himself in a field in Nyeri, in central Kenya, surrounded by …

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Farmers reap double growing trees with crops

Small­holder farm­ers in Kenya are em­bra­cing plant­ing trees that do not com­pete with crops for nu­tri­ents a ven­ture that is pay­ing off with some of the trees even fer­til­iz­ing the soils while of­fer­ing the farm­ers extra in­come. The prac­tice known as agro­forestry has been cham­pioned by gov­ern­ment and other ag­ri­cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions as hav­ing re­turned im­press­ive …

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