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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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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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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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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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