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New GMO Maize Ready for Kenya

July 30th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Scientists are lobbying for approval to commercialise a genetically modified maize variety. “Globally, Bt maize has been proven to effectively control stem borer and improve maize grain yield and quality due to reduced pest damage,” said Eliud Kireger, the director general of the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation  Read …

Ready onion market brings tears of joy

July 27th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Kamulu, a peri-urban settlement off Kangundo Road on the outskirts of Nairobi, is characterised by tall acacia trees and vast savannah grassland. River Athi, which snakes through the area, adds to its richness that members of Kamulu Youth Self-Empowerment Project (KYSEP) are cashing in on. The 11-member group, that has …

Giving agricultural skills to school pupils

July 23rd, 2015 / FarmBiz, Africa

Mwangaza Farmers Group Organization (MFAGRO) a local organization in Vihiga County has introduced practical agriculture lessons in public primary schools in the region in a bid to impart farming skills to the young generation, making them to actively participate in food production.  Read …

Scientists close to finding MLN resistant seeds

July 21st, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Scientists are on verge of finding a Maize lethal necrosis (MNL) resistant seed, a move that will see Kenya save 10 per cent of national maize production per year lost to the deadly virus that first surfaced in Kenya in 2011 according to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center …

Kenya: Mushroom farmer sets up school to boost exports

July 8th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A farmer in Eldoret is earning Sh70,000 daily from mushroom cultivation, and is calling on farmers to be trained on cultivation as the export market grows. Mr. Daniel Rotich, who also works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute, worked with a fungi culture and mushroom cultivation agronomist to assist …

Citrus farmers eye juicy future

June 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Citrus farmers in Kenya and Tanzania are set to benefit from a project that seeks to embrace alternative pest control methods and identifying suitable areas for its plantation, a move key in spurring citrus farming at a time when demand has failed to match supply leading to imports. Read …

Intercropping potato and peas, earning year round income

June 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A farmer in Molo is growing potato seeds and intercropping with garden peas, in a classic crop rotation model that not only improves soil fertility but also ensures her of an year round source of income. Having traditionally relied on potato seeds from the previous harvest for planting, Ann Chepngeno …

Soiless seed germination technology tames disease spread

June 26th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A company in Kenya is pioneering the planting of seeds without using soil by using an organic planting medium made from coconut husk, ridding the seeds off diseases, ensuring transplanting is done with all roots intact and guaranteeing a 90 per cent germination rate. Read …

Nairobi farmer champions vegetable farming with soilless medium

June 19th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Box-farmer Victor Barasa mixed a soilless medium of dry leaves, charcoal dust and other ingredients that will be made available after patenting process. According to Barasa the medium is highly nutritious and one does not need any fertilizer. The Soilless medium is ideal for a number of leafy green …

Kenya: With GMOs, we can easily feed ourselves

June 8th, 2015 / The Daily Nation, Kenya

As Africa falls behind the rest of the world on agricultural technology, Kenya is falling behind the rest of Africa, a group of scientists in Nairobi has warned. “Other East African countries are proceeding at full speed to commercialise a number of genetically modified crops while Kenya’s progress has …