Secrets of better yields in growing potatoes

Many Kenyan farmers harvest five to seven tonnes from an acre, according to available statistics. This is by far short of the optimal yield of between 16 and  20 tonnes or up to 400 sacks of 50 kilos. At a cost of Ksh1,500 per bag, one is sure of Ksh600,000 per acre within only  three […]

By |April 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Secrets of better yields in growing potatoes

Mango factory springs hope in 4,000 farmers

Large swathes of mango farms with trees weighed down by huge fruits line up the Kawanjara-Ishiara road off Embu town. Large fruits of the Tommy Atkins variety which hang on thin branches, a few inches off the ground, are an appealing spectacle.Read more…

By |April 6th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Mango factory springs hope in 4,000 farmers

Ministry starts registering farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture has started the process of registering all farmers digitally to enable it project yields. The initiative also aims at curbing the stealing of subsidised fertiliser and seeds meant for farmers.Read more…

By |March 27th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Ministry starts registering farmers

Technologies for higher yields

The Eldoret Agricultural Society of Kenya show, which was held last week, was the place to be for any discerning farmer. The show attracted throngs for the four days it was on, from students, farmers to agro-dealers. Read more…

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Kilifi County launches agricultural mechanization to improve food security

Kilifi County launches agricultural mechanization to improve food security.Read more…

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Secrets of getting higher yields taught at the farm clinic

The hunger for agricultural knowledge was evident at the eighth edition of the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic held at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation in Kitale last week on Friday and Saturday.Read more…

By |March 5th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Secrets of getting higher yields taught at the farm clinic

World Bank starts project to boost agriculture

The World Bank has announced plans to fund a five-year Sh20 billion agriculture project in 21 counties.The bank’s lead agriculture economist Ladisy Komba on Sunday said the institution would fund 80 per cent of the programme.Read more…

By |February 28th, 2018|News|Comments Off on World Bank starts project to boost agriculture

Surviving the current dry spell

Dairy farmers share what they are doing to survive the tough time caused by the ongoing drought, and how they are preparing for the coming rainy season to ensure they have adequate fodder.Read more…

By |February 26th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Surviving the current dry spell

Disease-resistant cassava that takes less than 10 years to breed.

Dr Teresia Munga said they are breeding varieties that are resistant to cassava mosaic disease and cassava brown streak disease. She is a cassava breeder at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation. The conventional cassava takes 10 years to breed, but scientists hope the new variety will take half the time. Read more…

By |February 23rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Disease-resistant cassava that takes less than 10 years to breed.

Potato processors contract 23,000 farmers to meet consumer demand

Some 23,000 farmers in 13 potato-producing counties have signed contracts with various processors in Kenya to buy the produce to supply enough food to consumers. Grow Africa’s Leah Kasera said, “Potato processors have committed to purchase 2,650 metric tonnes per month to meet consumer demand and this is expected to streamline the potato value chain […]

By |February 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Potato processors contract 23,000 farmers to meet consumer demand