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Kenya: New hope for mango farmers as destructive bug meets its foe

August 11th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

The fruit fly, a pest that has plagued mango farmers for years, has an unlikely foe – its own species. A new technology uses the pest as a host to a fungus that ensures the fruit fly’s own destruction. See …

Kenya: Cotton farmers to access quality seeds

August 4th, 2015 / The Star

The cotton industry in Kenya has been grappling with many challenges which has lead to low production. Currently there are only six companies dealing with cotton in the country, but this could change as the government plans to distribute seeds to farmers in the cotton growing areas. Afred Busolo, interim …

Kenyan loan rates linked to soil quality

August 3rd, 2015 / BBC, UK

Watch BBC’s Hannah McNeish’s report on a Kenyan company offering loans to farmers where the interest rates charged are linked to the quality of the soil, providing an incentive for soil preservation.  See …

Kenya steps up to UN year of soils

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Kenya is among countries rolling out transformatory soil conservation and fertility exercises following years of degradation and nutrient mining that has taken a toll on yields as the World marks 2015 as the United Nations international year of soils.  Read …

Sorghum value addition opens new frontiers for Kenyan farmers

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Sorghum has been one of the most successful crops in adoption across the country, especially in the arid and semi arid areas. The Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization, KALRO, is championing the value addition of sorghum, especially making of sorghum sausages as farmers record success in growth and market …

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 …