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cross border trades

How Kenya- Uganda border small-scale farmers are cutting the cost of transporting their produce across the border

A man pulling a cart full of goods towards Busia border point. Photo courtesy. Small-scale farmers at Busia, Kenya- Uganda border have teamed up with smalls scale traders to share the cost of transporting their produce to various towns in the interior parts of the countries using hired trucks. The move has seen individual farmers …

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GRAFTED AVOCADO

An 82-year-old Machakos farmer who grows different varieties of fruits from single stem tree

Mr. Kusenga, in a flat cap, talking to Farmbiz africa reporter at his farm in Mutitu Village, Machakos County. He rides on the grafting principle that the scion determines the variety of the fruit. Photo: Laban Robert. An 82-year-old farmer is harvesting different varieties of fruits such as palms, pears, bananas and avocados among others from a …

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twiga foods mobile app

Kenyan startup develops mobile-based service to save farmers the difficulty in dealing with brokers

Twiga Foods, a mobile-based startup, launched B2B mobile platform to be used by small and medium scale businesses to purchase fruit and vegetable stock from local and regional farmers in Kenya saving the farmers the challenges they face with brokers. Before the platform was established, farmers in the country faced a major challenge in dealing …

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Banana giant kubwa

How to achieve high yields in bananas

Banana farmers, who maintain less than eight suckers at a time, are more likely to harvest bunches of more than 80 kilos than those allowing every sprouting stem to grow to maturity. Nyamira County farmer Vincent Oyaro said other farmers allow all the emerging suckers to grow, leading to overpopulation. “Competition highly affects the quality …

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