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Solar irrigation system that can detect when the soil is dry developed by MUST

Students and a lecturer at Meru University of Science and Technology have developed a sensor-based automatic irrigation system. The innovation is aimed at reducing the labour cost and amount of water wasted in overhead and furrow irrigation methods. James Karuri, Samuel Lalai and lecturer Daniel Maitethia developed the idea and finalized it towards the end of last year, and are …

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State identifies South African exporter behind maize import

The Government has disclosed that Inter Africa Grains PTY of Johannersburg, South Africa, sold the 29,900 metric tonnes of white maize being offloaded at the Port of Mombasa. The Jubilee administration summoned all millers to help deal with cartels that have been creating a false maize shortage to raise the prices. The Central Millers Association (CMA) in a statement before …

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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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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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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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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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