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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Supplying Supermarkets in Kenya

Buying fresh vegetables and fruits in supermarkets is now the trend. Love them or hate them the supermarkets are taking over the fresh produce markets. The establishment of shopping malls across major cities is quickly transforming the fresh produce marketing. The distribution of these commodities seem to be moving towards fewer and large, centralized packaging and distribution centres. The development …

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Walking Tractor will make life easier for smallscale farmers in Kenya

The Ministry of Agriculture through the Agriculture Development Corporation Kenya (ADC) has recently rolled out an affordable hand-pushed multipurpose tractor that has the power of 3 bulls in tilling . The walking tractor has been designed to target farmers in Kenya who cannot afford to buy the big, expensive tractors. These new tractors will help farmers practice modern farming and …

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Rearing Dairy Goats in Kenya

Throughout Kenya pressure on land is increasing. Average farm size is decreasing as plots are sub-divided and farmers in Kenya struggle to find space on their farms to grow subsistence and cash crops as well as keep livestock. Many farmers in Kenya would like to keep dairy cows but do not have the money to buy animals and build zero-grazing units …

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Tea Farmers Get KES 5 per Kilo in Mini Pay

Tea farms in Central Kenya are slowly recovering from a prolonged dry spell that hit the region since last year. The farmers will receive a mini bonus of Sh5 for every kilogramme of green tea leaf supplied so far, up from Sh3 paid last year. Announcing the new rates yesterday, KTDA Board Chairman Peter Kanyago also had some bad news …

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New Pest (Fall Army Worm Moth) on Cereals and Pasture in Kenya

Fall Army Worm Moth; is a migratory pest native to North and South America. This pest occurs in large numbers and its caterpillars cause severe damage to more than 80 plant species especially cereal crops such as: maize and rice. Government Efforts to Manage the Pest The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries constituted a multi- institutional technical team with …

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Bull Rearing: Fattening Cattle as a Business

A group of four skinny animals on the farm in Nyeri saunter inside an enclosure as others, also skeletal, feed on grains from a trough. Looking at the animals, one may wonder why they are too skinny that you can count their ribs from far, yet the owner Dr James Gakuo has invested a lot in the farm including by …

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Vote for Graduate Farmer Best Agricultural Blog in Kenya 2017

We would like to thank all our readers for nominating us [www.graduatefarmer.co.ke] for the Best Agricultural Blog in Kenya 2017. Since 2012, the BAKE Awards has recognized and awarded exceptional Kenyan bloggers in different categories every year. It is organized by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE). The competition is the only one that honours and showcases the best in …

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Food security worries grow as Kenyan farmers chop maize for cattle feed

Dressed in a green hat and black mud boots, Gilbert Gitonga is busy tending his 3-acre (1.2-hectare) farm in Kenya’s Meru County. Moving among rows of maize plants, he pulls weeds and reaches for the maize heads, squeezing them to see if they are mature enough to harvest. But Gitonga’s crop, which covers one-third of his land, is not destined …

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