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British Airways partners with DSWT to provide a natural solution to human – wildlife conflict in Mtito Andei

Monday 09 January 2017, Kenya; Farmers in Mtito Andei have a reason to smile following an initiative by British Airways and David Sheldrick Widlife Trust to construct beehive fences to act as a boundary for agricultural land. The fences not only keep away elephants but also a source of income for the farmers harvesting honey along the Tsavo East National …

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Do you have what it takes to become a farm apprentice?

Graduate Farmer offers an opportunity for young men and women interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture in Kenya to learn through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers. It’s never easy to start your own farm even if you have all the capital, land and resources at your disposal. You need to learn from the …

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Practical Horticulture Training Program

Mercy Corps Kenya is sponsoring a horticulture training program which will be facilitated by Graduate Farmer to train 50 women from Uasin Gishu and Nandi County between the age of 18-35 on vegetable farming. The training will be held on 21st,22nd and 23rd September 2016 at Kapsuswa Farm. Benefits include mentorship, financial linkages, networking and manuals. NO training charges incurred. …

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Mercy Corps Kenya and Graduate Farmer Youth Training Program

A surge of young people in Kenya have become interested in starting careers in farming but they face tremendous obstacles on their paths to operating viable farm businesses. They have seen the success stories, visited modern farms but still they cannot duplicate what is done out there on their farms. Graduate Farmer in partnership with Mercy Corps Kenya have come together through …

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Kenya’s Tea Industry Compromised By Labour Cost Infalation

On Monday 20th June 2016, the Employment and Labour Relations Court made a judgment order to increase   employees’ wages in the membership of the Kenya Tea Growers Association in the commercial tea sector by 15% and 15% respectively for the period 2014 – 2015 alongside the upward adjustment of other perks. The net effect of the ruling has been to …

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Affordable loans for young farmers are nowhere to be seen

Are you finding it hard to get a loan to start your farming business in Kenya? Smart Harvest found out the following below; Nearly none of the loan facilities available to farmers in Kenya is convenient. Majority of farmers who take agricultural loans have a bad experience to tell. Muturi Njoroge (Dairy farmer in Ruiru, Kiambu County) Muturi Njoroge has taken …

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Male Tilapia fish achieves market size faster than the female

Mostly eaten fish in Kenya is the Male Tilapia The male fish can achieve the market size faster than the female, which consumes a lot of food to help it in reproduction and development of eggs. Most consumers of the popular tilapia fish in Kenya are not aware that the meal on their plate is mostly from a male fish. …

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International markets warm up to Nakuru farmers’ multipurpose herb

A burgeoning European appetite for basil, a versatile aromatic herb in the mint family, has opened a window of opportunity for farmers in Nakuru County who are now earning up to Sh200, 000 a month in exports. Working with Premier Seeds Limited, a vegetable seed company, the farmers, who have traditionally relied on the overcrowded cereal farming, have now found …

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