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Kenyans rejoice as Government removes taxes on maize and wheat

Thursday was a good day for ugali lovers after the Government proposed to bring down the cost of maize significantly. This is good news for the ordinary mwananchi for whom the cost of maize flour – used to prepare Kenya’s staple dish, ugali – has gone through the roof. Reading the budget speech in Parliament, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry …

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Relief for Fish Farmers as 5000 Metric Tonne Extruded Fish Feed Plant launches in Nairobi

  Late last week the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Hon Ntiba Mitcheni, officially opened the Unga Farm Care (EA) Limited extruded fish feed production facility in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside the Board Chair of Unga Holdings Limited and His Excellency Frans Makken, the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya. Amidst the growing demand for fish protein to improve food …

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North rift farmers want easy access to seeds and fertilizers

Maize farmers in North Rift Kenya have called for the decentralisation of fertiliser and seed distribution depots. They said this would help them cut down the cost of transportation. The farmers said despite the subsidies offered by the national government for the fertiliser, transporting it was still costly from the depots to their farms. Currently, farmers who opt for seeds …

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Chicken production systems

Free-range chicken production system This chicken production system is practiced in most rural areas of the country and objectives of production are for household consumption and as source of additional income for the household. It covers 95-98% of the chicken production system in Kenya and  it is not profitable since it is not market oriented. It contains small flock size (5-20 …

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How grains could lift the gloom for Africa’s farmers

This is because smallholder farmers have limited financial resources to buy fertilizer. Nitrogen is one of the most essential nutrients needed by plants for their growth, development and reproduction, yet it is depleted in most African soils. Soil depletion over the years has led farmers to open new land to maintain production. This has often led to increased deforestation and …

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5 Agribusiness Tips For Beginner Farmers

The economy stinks right now. The unemployment rate in Kenya is very high especially for the youth. If you are one of them, should you start your own business? What kind of business would you start? If you are on this page then it seems you have made your mind on getting into farming. From all the newspaper and TV …

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4 tips to save money for farming

Starting your own farm in Kenya is a good idea. We all want to own our own farms and enjoy the independence and profits that comes from running your own agribusiness venture. Not only do you get to put your entrepreneurial skills to use, it allows you to be your own boss, set your own schedule, and earn money based …

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Basic Chicken Care and Requirements

Chickens can take as much time and money as you care to spend, but you need to recognize the minimum time and space commitments required to keep chickens. Time When we speak about time here, we’re referring to the daily care-taking chores. Naturally, getting housing set up for your birds will take some time.    If you’re building a chicken coop, …

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Graduate Farmer Drip Irrigation Kit

Through strategic partnership Graduate Farmer is now able to provide affordable drip irrigation kits to empower young farmers in Kenya. The Graduate Farmer drip irrigation kits are tailor made to fit standard pieces of land which have been listed below. This is a move to ensure that young farmers in Kenya get access to affordable irrigation systems which are usually …

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How to Know if a Watermelon is Ready for Harvest

Kenyans love watermelons! During the dry season you will find most people buying and eating watermelons from vendors along the road. For most beginner watermelon farmers in Kenya it is really hard to know if a watermelon is ready for harvest or not without cutting it. Here are a few tips to help beginner farmers in Kenya identify and select …

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