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Kenya | 24 August 2016
Should agriculture be a required school subject?

Despite the grumbling of many frustrated American school kids taking math tests, the broad subjects required in public schools each have firm arguments for their respective inclusion. But that does...

Kenya | 3 June 2016
Invest in modern Agriculture, Ruto tells governors

Counties should allocate more resources towards mechanization of the agricultural sector so as to increase productivity , DP William Ruto has said. Ruto said the only way to make agriculture profit...

Kenya | 4 January 2016
Wheat farmers want higher taxes on imports

Wheat farmers in Narok want the government to raise import duty to 35 per cent to stabilise the grain market. They say the Kenyan market has been flooded with imports, leading to compromise on quality...

Kenya | 2 June 2015
Kenya's 2nd richest man sells dairy firm

Brookside Dairy Limited, Kenya’s largest milk processor, has acquired Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited (SALL), an Ugandan dairy company. Brookside Dairy is majority-owned by the Kenyatta Fa...

Kenya | 3 March 2015
Poor farmers lose income when milk spoils during delivery

In Kenya alone, 80 percent of the milk is produced by small-scale farmers who helplessly watched their income source spill and spoil during delivery. For dairy farmers in developing countries, one ...

Kenya | 20 February 2015
Kenya's small-scale farmers borrow seeds to grow potential

Dozens of schoolchildren sprint through the lush hills of Webuye, a small farming town in western Kenya, scurrying home for lunch past a sign adorned with children’s drawings that reads “Discipline pr...

Kenya | 13 February 2015
Sustainable cattle in Kenya pay off

For thousands of years the pastoralist communities of northern Kenya have herded their cattle alongside elephants and zebras, the grass of the rangelands shared between livestock and wildlife in relat...

Kenya | 15 May 2014
Kenyan MPs' bid to evict UK farmers over khat ban

A group of MPs in Kenya has tabled a motion in parliament calling for British farmers to be ejected from the khat-growing Meru region. They are angry about moves by the British government to ban th...

Kenya | 22 April 2014
Underfunding agriculture poses wider food security risk

Inadequate allocations by some county governments to agriculture poses food security risk to the country, a top researcher has warned. Most counties allocated low revenue to agriculture — ranging from...

Kenya | 6 February 2014
Cattle thieves kill man in raid

A man was shot dead by cattle raiders at his home in Wangwachi village, on Monday night. The man and his family were asleep when the raiders stormed at around midnight. Laikipia West police boss Fr...

Kenya | 22 January 2014
Kenya first to earn carbon credits from sustainable farming

A project bringing together thousands of small farmers in western Kenya has become the first to earn carbon credits using a new sustainable farming accounting system, the World Bank said on Tuesday. ...

Kenya | 4 November 2013
Livestock, timber and sand targeted in new laws

Residents of West Pokot and Elgeyo/Marakwet counties will have to pay more in levies to sell their livestock in auctions. Locals in the two counties who rely mostly on livestock to earn income will...

Kenya | 21 August 2013
Russia promises to help Kenya's farmers

Russia is feeling generous: During a recent visit to Kenya, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has vowed to help the African country's agricultural industry by supplying lost of fertilizer at...

Kenya | 18 July 2013
Fertiliser wars and run-down corporations threat to farming

So far it has been a busy 100 days for Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei, who has been traversing the country on sector familiarisation tours. His first significant call of duty was at the...

Kenya | 16 July 2013
Narok farmers count losses as birds destroy wheat fields

Farmers in Narok County are counting heavy losses following the invasion of their wheat fields by hundreds of Quelea birds. Farmers say more than 400 acres have been already been destroyed by the b...

Kenya | 8 July 2013
New age agriculture, the hanging fruit for the unemployed

Every year, about 800,000 young Kenyans reach working age. The job market can only accommodate 50,000 of them. It is a situation aptly captured in the numerous studies that show five out of every t...

Kenya | 24 June 2013
Dairy farmers milk higher yields

A new cattle breed, which matures faster and has high yields compared to others, is causing sensation among farmers. The breed named Fleckvieh was introduced in Kenya four years ago and has since b...

Kenya | 14 June 2013
Elephants destroy crops in Mwatate

Hundreds of elephants have invaded farms in Mwatate constituency where they have destroyed crops. The areas most affected are Aaaliya, Maktau, Mwashuma, Godoma and Bura. Maktau ward representative ...

Kenya | 24 May 2013
Agriculture key driver as economy grows by 4.6pc

The economy last year grew by 4.6 per cent, a modest improvement from 4.4 per cent recorded in 2011, buoyed by strong performance in the agriculture, retail and transport sectors. According to the ...

Kenya | 22 May 2013
Fresh viral maize disease worries farmers

Farmers are a worried lot after the resurgence of a maize virus in Kakamega. The disease, which ruined crops in the North Rift last year, has broken out in Lugari where maize stalks and leaves bare...

Kenya | 10 May 2013
New agriculture, fishing law retrogressive

The Constitution of Kenya stands out shoulder to shoulder among the most progressive in the world. Since its enactment in 2010, this beautiful piece of governance is among the most searched documents...

Kenya | 3 May 2013
Treasury proposes Sh38.9 billion for agriculture sector

The Treasury has proposed to allocate Sh38.9 billion to the agriculture, livestock and fisheries ministry, with the bulk of the sector’s disbursement for the first time being earmarked for development...

Kenya | 2 May 2013
Kenya: Appy Agriculture

John Mwangi stands in his wooden shed counting bags of maize neatly bundled in burlap. The 90kg bags sit on slats raised two feet off the earthen floor, protecting the maize from damp and rodents. ...

Kenya | 24 April 2013
Kenya: Italy Gives Kenya One Billion for Kerio Farm Irrigation

THE Italian government has released Sh1 billion to ensure food security in West Pokot and Turkana. The money was given to the Kerio Valley Development Authority to expand irrigation projects in Pok...

Kenya | 1 February 2013
Shortage of extension services hurts goat milk production

Dairy goat farming has been hit hard by lack of training for farmers and this is likely to reduce milk production, a Dairy Goat Association of Kenya official has said. The Nyeri branch assistant of...

Kenya | 30 January 2013
Over 2,000 goats lost to new livestock disease

Veterinary officer says they have done tests and are still waiting for results, but vaccination is being done. Pastoralists in Marigat District have suffered heavy losses from a disease outbreak th...

Kenya | 8 January 2013
Maize farmers diversify crops to net in the extra income

Farmers in Rift Valley are diversifying from maize production due to the length of time that it takes before harvesting. It takes almost a year between planting and harvesting the grain. Due to the...

Kenya | 12 November 2012
Cattle raiders kill 12 Kenyan police

Kenyan police say cattle rustlers have ambushed police in the country's remote north, killing at least 12 officers. Local television stations put the death toll at 30.

Kenya | 1 November 2012
New methods help Kenyan farmers become self-sufficient

After her husband died three years ago, Celine was forced to work on other people’s land for just 50 Kenyan shillings (about 36p) a day. Today, her life has been transformed by a farmer field school e...

Kenya | 31 October 2012
13 feared dead in gun battle with cattle rustlers

Thirteen people are feared dead after two warring communities turned against each other in Samburu County. Three others are nursing serious gunshot injuries from the Monday night incident.