Guest Features

Farmer Stories from around Kenya and the world, of farmers earning a living through agribusiness.

Kabete Organics: How we do organic farming

I recently had the opportunity to connect with the co-owner of Kabete Organics Farm through social media, specifically Twitter. What intrigued me about this particular farm was their commitment to organic farming. As I browsed through their social media profiles, I couldn't help but notice...
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Kienyeji chicken farming is the way to go

What best thing would you wish to happen to you in your early 30’s? Well despite the normal expectations with most of us, things were different, but with better yields for then 31-year-old Caleb Karuga. Mr. Karuga, an ex-TV journalist at K24 Media house, lost...

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...

A plastic fused soil slab that does wonders in fish farming

In a breakthrough development, a team of three students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has successfully engineered a cost-effective solution for fish farmers struggling with porous soil and water seepage. Brian Chirchir, Betty Maeda, and Marlene Saina, all pursuing a Bachelor of...

Do you know about yams?

Summary Yams need fertile clay soil which should be cultivated well for it to be loose. I normally dig a hole of about 2ft by 2ft and covers the seed loosely with soil. Earthing up involves covering the crop that if exposed to the sun...

School drop out earning big from farming

Farming in Kenya is profitable. Geoffrey Walumbe Musungu dropped out of school in Form One when his father died in 1992. With nothing much to do, he worked as a casual labourer due to his minimal education, saving Sh120, 000 over a period of time. With...

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...

Farmer opts for Tree Tomato Farming over Tea

SUMMARY Tree Tomato Seedling goes for Ksh 300 It takes a tree tomato 18 months to mature. A kilo of tree tomato fetches between Sh100 and Sh150 John Githigia Kigo uprooted his tea bushes when he discovered he could make more money from fast maturing tree tomatoes. He had...