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Busia looks to 5X maize production through subsidised tractor services

Busia County has unveiled new state-of-the-art tractors which will subsidize the cost of land ploughing at a rate of Sh2500 per acre, which will help increase grain production from the normal 2-5 bags per acre to 15-25 bags. This will help achieve the goal of economic revitalization through agriculture mechanization. Speaking during the official unveiling …

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Moisture meters enable cereal farmers avert post-harvest losses, tame aflatoxin

Ugandan cereal farmers have benefitted from moisture meters which measure the moisture content, preventing post-harvest losses and taming aflatoxin poisoning which has been responsible for deaths across East Africa. Aflatoxin mold contamination that occurs in stored grain destroys up to 40 percent of East Africa’s annual grain production and is responsible for hundreds of deaths …

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Equity & John Deere agreement to improve farm equipment quality

Equity Group Holdings and farm equipment maker John Deere have signed a comprehensive agreement to offer tractors to the Kenyan market through affordable finance programs for both large-scale and small-scale farmers. The deal was signed during US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman’s investment roadshow series to the United States by John Deere Head of Business …

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Ultra-low-energy drip irrigation saves farmers up to 31% in capital costs

According to breakthrough field research, the use of ultra-low-energy drip irrigation is capable of saving 22–31 per cent in the capital cost of pumps and emitters. In turn, this would make drip irrigation systems more accessible to smallholder farmers. Drip Irrigation: Effective but costly for smallholders Drip Irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method achieving …

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IRRI Empowers Kenya’s Rice Seed Production with Modern Seed Dressing Machine

In a significant development aimed at boosting rice seed production and scaling up improved rice varieties in Kenya, the Mwea Rice Growers Multipurpose Cooperative Society (MRGM) – the largest farmers’ cooperative in East and Southern Africa (ESA) – has received a state-of-the-art seed dressing machine from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). This donation marks …

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Mobile app assists Ugandan stakeholders access reliable fisheries data in real-time

By George Munene Through the mobile app electronic Catch Assessment Survey (e-CAS), over 670 Ugandan stakeholders of the fish value chain are accessing comprehensive fisheries data from Lakes Albert and Victoria, in real time.   Lake management officials, researchers, and policymakers, among others, can freely access this information to make informed decisions around fisheries management. Trained …

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KALRO to host free workshop on ‘Advances in Technology for Avocado Production’

By George Munene The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), Kenya Horticulture Crops Directorate (HCD), New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (PFR) in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and Olivado EPZ Ltd would like to welcome Kenyan avocado farmers to a workshop on ‘Advances …

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Naivasha farm offers Africa’s only tractor operation vocational training

By George Munene Located in Naivasha, Manera farm offers Africa’s only tractor vocational course. Through a three-day theoretical and practical course, learners are taught how to operate tractors, service and maintain them as well as safety precautions to take when handling them. The birth child of Claudia Torres, who is also a horticulture farmer, the …

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