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Most East Africans knows them as matunda ya damu. But they are known as Tamarillo tree tomato, a fruit that is gaining acceptance in many households. Farming these fruits is easy and the market is not saturated. Ask the retailers...
It is one of those stories that few farmers talk about. But, believe it or not, farmers using rabbit urine in production of their food are now saving on pesticide and fertiliser costs as the liquid offer major nutrients...
Farmers, who cannot afford to purchase high milk yielding exotic cows, can use their indigenous breeds in carrying and giving birth to their desired dairy animals. Through the implantation of an embryo resulting from a superior sperm and ovum, the...
In a bid to finish cartels in the potato sector who had made farming of the crop unprofitable, the Rwandese government has come up with radical measures – and they are working. Under the new regulations, traders can only buy...
With the exit of plastic bags, some farmers in Kirinyaga are already cashing in on banana fibres to make bags. In the recent past, banana fibre was only used to make items like ropes, mats and other composite materials. While...
Makueni County’s  Kikima dairy processing plant is now operational – giving other counties a challenge on how to revitalise dairy farming. The brainchild of Makueni governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana, the plant was opened on Thursday January 11 and saw the...
In what appears to be a case of sabotage, another fire has destroyed the second maize dryer at the National Cereals and Produce Board depot in Eldoret. The fire on Thursday, January 11, came just a week after the first...
The once famous Brade Gate poultry farm is being auctioned after the owner, Mr Thuo Mathenge, failed to repay a Sh50 million loan owed to Jamii Bora Bank. The auction is an indicator of the tough times that the poultry...
Professor Richard Mulwa knows his way around scientifically modified seeds—also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In his laboratory at Egerton University in Kenya, the professor, who has genetically modified grapes, is currently researching ways to curtail naturally occurring...
It is the dream of every farmer to export their produce for higher returns. However, many face phytosanitary and technical challenges that lead to rejection of their produce by exporters. In the last few weeks, the European Union has been...
The death of Kenyan-born biotechnology and innovation scholar Calestous Juma has robbed the world of one of the brightest academics championing for agricultural innovation. He was 64. Prof Juma also championed the cause of innovation and technology in transforming African...
Kenya is set to host a climate smart agriculture congress in Nairobi in March next year which will bring in various stakeholders. The inaugural congress will take place on 6-7 March 2018 and is organised by the Aid & International Development Forum...
A  Sh20 billion Thiba Dam to irrigate expansive rice fields in Kirinyaga County has been commissioned to help double rice production from the current 80,000 to 160,000 tonnes a year. The dam will see the doubling of production seasons of...
One of Kenya's listed coffee grower and trader Eaagads has registered a Sh20 million (USD 200,000) loss after tax thanks to prolonged drought in the East African nation. The loss signifies the nature of coffee business in Kenya, regarded as...
Ireland and Kenya have signed bilateral agreements and grants aimed at boosting the agricultural sector. Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who also visited Somalia and Ethiopia earlier in the week, presented a five-year plan on Ireland and Kenya to...
The African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org) has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) initiative – a knowledge and innovation-based response to the recognized need of scaling up proven technologies across Africa. Already, 25 African...
In the middle of a dry village in Kajuki, Tharaka Nithi County, a growing fruit and vegetable processing factory is proving Kenya can add value to fresh produce, increase farmer’s earnings and reduce post harvest losses. A confident Mercy Mwende,...
The World Food Prize Foundation has announced that it will be partnering with President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, to establish the World Food Prize Africa Institute. This follows the recent awarding of the 2017 World Food...
I first met Memory in Kasungu, in the Northern part of Malawi. Memory, a mother of six, farmed on a one acre piece of land alongside her husband. Every year, they planted maize and beans, often from seed that...