Agribusiness in KenyaSuccess Stories

Growing Apples in Kenya: The Story of Wambugu

If you want a bumper harvest as a farmer, the secret is being innovative. Peter Wambugu Kago, an apple farmer from Nyeri County, can attest to this fact. Wambugu creates his own apple varieties. So far, he has created eight apple varieties, which he grows on his 20-acre farm in Ihwa village nestled between Kinunga…

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Farmer enjoys honey from Stingless Bee Honey

This weeks success story from Smart Harvest Stanley Imbusi’s grandfather Lumbasio was a traditional medicine man whose trick for curing varied ailments was centred on honey from stingless bees found in Kakamega tropical rain forest. Often, the grandfather would tag him along to comb the forest for the rare medicinal honey. Today, Imbusi is a…

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A plastic fused soil slab that does wonders in fish farming

SUMMARY The thick slab is made from sand particles mixed with melted waste plastics, which form a solid and non-porous mass. The beauty about this innovation, says Chirchir, is that it is a good replacement for the more expensive polythene linings. Are you in an area with porous soil (the one which is horrible holding…

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You should do this when when your birds are always fighting and pecking

Mr Njenga has been keeping poultry for the last four years. One of the challenges he has constantly faced is cannibalism — a bad habit (vice) mostly manifested as vent picking, picking of un-feathered skin on the head, toes, comb or wattle. I paid a visit to his farm in Kandara, Murang’a County to see…

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Profitable farming career after dropping out of school

While many youth in Kenya sink into despair when they are forced to drop out of school, this seemingly grim fate marked the beginning of a successful farming career for Silas Murithi, a resident of Gituri Village in Meru County. Lack of school fees saw Mr Murithi, now 40-years-old, drop out of secondary school in 1994…

Dairy FarmingSuccess Stories

Be determined in dairy farming and you will succeed

In Taita Taveta County, about 2km from Wundanyi town we find Kambale, a dairy farmer who keeps eight cows, two of which are in-calf, two are calves while four are lactating, offering him an average of 100 litres of milk a day. Kambale claims he left his job as a surveyor in 1999 and invested Sh50,…