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Mobile app gives farmers tips on crop and livestock, market prices and weather updates

Before the invention of mobile phones, smallholder farmers had to rely on traditional methods for generations to predict events such as rains. With the rise in technology, apps such as iShamba have been launched to help farmers get tips on crops and livestock, market prices and weather updates at the comfort of their homes. According …

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Researchers discover new edible cricket species with 60 per cent protein content in Kenya

Scientists at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) have discovered a new cricket species with protein content of 60 per cent higher than that of chicken which is 30 per cent to enhance nutrition in both human and livestock. The insect which is known as Scapsipedus was collected and reared for experimental …

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Kenya launches framework to implement climate-smart agriculture

The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation (MoALF&I) on 31 October 2018 launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework 2018-2027 at Kilimo Grounds, Nairobi. The framework sets guidelines for implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches, strategies, practices and technologies in Kenya. The purpose is to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon growth sustainable agriculture that …

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Narok County to construct Sh1.2bn leather tannery to offer market for farmers

Workers at a tannery in Kenya. Narok County government to build a tannery to offer market hides and skins. Photo courtesy. The county government of Narok is planning to construct leather tannery to process hides and skins. The Sh1.2bn tannery will offer a market for hides and skins for farmers from Nakuru, Nyandarua, Narok and …

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Armed pastoralists hinder IGAD’s proposal of free across borders movement

An armed herder from a village in Baringo County drives his cattle to grazing fields. Armed pastoralists are threatening proposal by IGAD to have them move with their animals freely across borders. Photo: Anthony Langat/Al Jazeera. The proposal by Inter-Gov­ern­mental Au­thor­ity on De­vel­op­ment (IGAD) to allow easy migration of livestock and herders across borders is …

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Bill seeking to protect farmers against losses in harsh weather introduced to parliament

James Kipkoech inspects his dying maize crop (Photo: Wesley Langat) National Assembly Finance Committee through its chairperson, Joeph Limo has submitted a bill in the August House which if passed will see farmers protected against severe weather conditions such as drought and flood that have over the years caused losses to the agricultural producers. In …

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