Kenya is mourning the death of one  of its leading dairy researcher Dr Titus P. Lanyasunya. Dr Lanyasunya  had more than 20 years of experience in research and has been the head of dairy research programme in Kenya Agriculture Livestock...
Tales from Makasa Farm, Makueni By Chris Lati Listen to me my dear farmers. Excellent rearing of replacement heifers between six months to calving is a great future investment. From my experience, farmers tend to neglect heifers at this stage and...
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even during the dry season, Venanzio Njiru’s farm stands out as a rare patch of lush greenery in this arid part of east Kenya. The former Mombasa street hawker’s fields are a mosaic of fruit trees,...
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climbing the steep slope by his house, Fernando Solis Arguedas examined a leaf on one of his 50-year-old trees that produces arabica beans for the world’s first officially certified carbon neutral coffee. Blaming an increasingly unpredictable...
Livestock farmers have a reason to smile after the government unveiled plans to set up Kenya’s first export slaughterhouse within the next two years. Before the export abattoir can come up, Kenya will start with the export of live animals...
If you have a small farm, chances are that you think you can’t make it in agriculture. Now, discard those thoughts and get down to business. Farmers work non-stop and get very little money because they think inside the box;...
The auditor general Edward Ouko has discovered massive wastage and theft at the National Irrigation Board, where cartels have made farming sector the country’s playground. Edward Ouko reveals in his 2015-2016 report that Sh20 billion expenditure allocated to NIB for...
Nobody knows their face. They don’t seem familiar even to prominent maize farmers in Kenya.But three family members - Celestine Chepchirchir, Caroline Chepchumba and Rodney Kimutai – appear to have supplied National Cereal and Produce Board with maize worth...
Some Western countries have now started using robots on the farms – in place of human labour. That is what technology is doing. The University of Sydney as show in the video here has already tested some. But the question...
By Chris Warren Joshua Okundi’s five-acre farm is his classroom. A longtime schoolteacher who left his job to become a farmer in 2013, Okundi is an instructor to the constant stream of visitors who arrive at his home in...
Nesta (www.Nesta.org.uk), on behalf of Feed the Future (https://goo.gl/dsQfx6), has announced that 228 applications were received, mostly from Africa, for the global Fall Armyworm Tech Prize (http://FallArmyWormTech.Challenges.org). The Prize aims to find digital solutions to identify, track and protect...
Fertiliser worth billions of shillings meant for Kenya farmers disappeared with a few unscrupulous businessmen, taking advantage of the distribution of government subsidised fertiliser and payment for maize supplies to farmers to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB). It...
Kenya will host the 5th AGRITEC AFRICA, an International Exhibition & Conference on Agriculture Technologies from June 20 to June 22 in at the Kenyatta International Exhibition Center. Regarded as one of the best agricultural exhibitions in the region, it...
The exit of National Cereal and Produce Board chief executive, Newton Terer, is the first pointer that all is not well at the corporation mandated to buy produce from farmers. At the heart of it are cartels that have turned...
A leading global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment has opened a new African office in South Africa, signalling its entrance into the continent. AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, recently entered a partnership with Kenya’s Strathmore University for a training program...
In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe...
By Denis Bollo Agriculture is the backbone of the Kenya economy and food security is part of the big four agenda of President Kenyatta’s government. To achieve food security, we must streamline all aspects in the value chain from production to...
Smallholder farmers in Kenya are increasing maize yields and have reduced production risk by 30 per cent thanks to a conservation agriculture project. Declining soil fertility in recent years, increasing soil erosion and droughts due to climate change, have dipped...
With their farms devastated by Fall Army worms, Kenyan farmers have turned to traditional concoctions that are keeping the pests at bay. In the Mt Kenya region, farmers are using a concoction of red pepper, ash and tobacco to kill...
By Donna Nkatha Mastitis is a common, devastating disease affecting the dairy cows in many farms. The ailment results in enormous economic losses to the farmers whose cows are affected. Losses result from the cost of veterinary care, discarded milk,...