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Monday 06 January 2014

Kenya

Three-year Bees Abroad project in Kenya wins Government funding

Bees Abroad has secured major funding from the UK Department for International Aid (DFID) for a three-year project to alleviate poverty through advancing beekeeping skills and supporting bio-conservation and bio-enterprise in the arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) in the Kenyan district of Laikipia.

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Friday 05 July 2013

Kenya

Farming and Malaria

Raising agricultural productivity is a priority in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of people live in rural areas and rely on farming.

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Wednesday 03 July 2013

Kenya

A new cattle breed named Fleckvieh

A new cattle breed, which matures faster and has high yields compared to others, is causing sensation among farmer.

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Thursday 27 June 2013

Kenya

Dairy farming

A new cattle breed, which matures faster and has high yields compared to others, is causing sensation among farmers.

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Wednesday 26 June 2013

Kenya

Farming and malaria

Raising agricultural productivity is a priority in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of people live in rural areas and rely on farming.

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Wednesday 19 June 2013

Kenya

Elephants destroy crops in Mwatate

Hundreds of elephants have invaded farms in Mwatate constituency where they have destroyed crops.

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Saturday 01 June 2013

Kenya

Problems with Maize plantings

Farmers are a worried lot after the resurgence of a maize virus in Kakamega.

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Wednesday 29 May 2013

Kenya

Farming drives the economy

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.

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Tuesday 14 May 2013

Kenya

New farming and fishing laws

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, as informed by thousands of hits daily on Internet search engines.

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Saturday 11 May 2013

Kenya

Farmers and mobile phones

John Mwangi stands in his wooden shed counting bags of maize neatly bundled in burlap.

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Kenya

Government help for the farm 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 projects.

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Wednesday 01 May 2013

Kenya

Italians finance farm irragation

THE Italian government has released Sh1 billion to ensure food security in West Pokot and Turkana.

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Monday 11 March 2013

Kenya

Farmers and their phones

Farmers and veterinarians across Africa are increasingly using cell phones to issue alerts quickly about possible animal disease outbreaks at a very early stage and to track wide-scale vaccination campaigns.

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Friday 22 February 2013

Kenya

Poultry farming with Chinese help

A Chinese firm manufacturing hatchery equipment has partnered with a local establishment to tap into the promising opportunities at the county level in Kenya.

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Sunday 03 February 2013

Kenya

Egg production

Young Kenyans interested in poultry farming can now apply for egg hatching incubators on credit from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

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Kenya

Farm minister walks from court

Kenyan court acquitted a former junior minister of inciting violence for lack of evidence following the killing of over 100 people in politically-instigated fighting in the Tana River coastal region, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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Friday 01 February 2013

Kenya

Poultry farming

Young Kenyans interested in poultry farming can now apply for egg hatching incubators on credit from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

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Saturday 19 January 2013

Kenya

Maize production

Farmers in Rift Valley are diversifying from maize production due to the length of time that it takes before harvesting.

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Wednesday 07 November 2012

Kenya

Farming for independence

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.

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Friday 12 October 2012

Kenya

Poultry feed

Kenyan flour miller, Unga Group has announced an 18.7% drop in full-year pretax profit to US$6m.

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Tuesday 09 October 2012

Kenya

Poultry feed

Kenyan flour miller, Unga Group has announced an 18.7% drop in full-year pretax profit to US$6m.

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Thursday 27 September 2012

Kenya

Hundreds killed in land clash

Hundreds of armed raiders killed at least 38 villagers and torched more than 150 houses on Monday in the latest fighting between rival tribes in a dispute over land and water in Kenya's coastal region.

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Monday 24 September 2012

Kenya

Farm minister charged

Farm minister charged

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Friday 21 September 2012

Kenya

Government minister sacked over farm dispute

A government minister pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges he had incited violence in a dispute over land and water in Kenya's coastal region in which over 100 people have been killed, but was later sacked from the cabinet anyway.

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Sunday 01 July 2012

Kenya

Poultry farmers making good money

Kenya’s poultry farmers located in Central province made €37.96 million in 2011, a strong indicator of a growing sector now second only to dairy.

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Sunday 24 June 2012

Kenya

Pork production

Kenyan Vice president, Kalonzo Musyoka’s China tour has brought investors to Kenya, among them Yurun Food International, the pig producer.

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Saturday 23 June 2012

Kenya

Problems in the maize crop

Researchers and scientists have identified the strange disease which has destroyed thousands of acres of maize crops in South Rift as maize lethal necrotic.

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Sunday 06 May 2012

Kenya

Less rain this season

Two weeks after the start of long rains season, which had delayed for about a month, Kenya is experiencing reduction in rainfall amount in most parts of the country.

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Friday 27 April 2012

Kenya

Farm worker problems

The agricultural workers' union has secured the return of more than 3,000 workers to work.

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Tuesday 24 April 2012

Kenya

Dairy farming

Milk production in North Rift drops as cash-strapped farmers cannot adopt better farming technology.

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Wednesday 18 April 2012

Kenya

Problems for dairy farmers

Milk production in North Rift drops as cash-strapped farmers cannot adopt better farming technology

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Saturday 14 April 2012

Kenya

Brucellosis in cattle

Cattle keepers in Kigali have lost stock worth Rwf 167 million to Brucellosis, a cattle disease caused by the brucella abortus bacteria which leads to miscarriages in the animals.

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Friday 20 January 2012

Kenya

Imported eggs

Kenyan traders who have battled increased production costs, have been pushed across the borders to Uganda to buy cheaper eggs for consumption and re-sale in Kenya. As the cost of poultry feeds increased it forced many farmers interested in the egg business to go hunting for cheaper eggs.

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Sunday 25 December 2011

Kenya

Dairy farmers in trouble

The Limuru Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society is on the verge of collapse because of heightened competition in milk processing and a sharp increase in middlemen, who take over 60 per cent of the firm's daily milk supply.

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Wednesday 30 November 2011

Kenya

US help for farmers

A team of Michigan State University researchers secured a $700,000 grant to help farmers in Zambia and Kenya overcome the challenges faced from changes in climate.

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Thursday 24 November 2011

Kenya

Poultry vaccines

A Swiss-funded NGO has embarked on vaccinate of 50,000 chicken in Likuyani district, reports The Star of Nairobi. SCC-VI Agro Forestry, operating in Kitale, hopes to save farmers from losses caused by poultry diseases. The organisation has funded a community based organisation – Kongoni agricultural community – and is targeting 50 CBOs within the district.

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Wednesday 23 November 2011

Kenya

Poultry industry problems

Poultry farmers in the North Rift are slowly but steadily looking for other options due to increased cost of eggs production, reports All Africa, citing an item in Daily Nation of Kenya.

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Thursday 17 November 2011

Kenya

Poultry farmers hit by feed costs

Animal feed manufacturers all over Kenya are shutting their doors and many others are operating at half capacity and struggling cover their costs, according to the Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers (Akefema).

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Sunday 13 November 2011

Kenya

Kenya - Vaccine in development for East Coast fever

A vaccine to protect cattle from East Coast fever, a destructive disease in eastern and central Africa, is being developed in Kenya.

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Tuesday 08 November 2011

Kenya

Wheat breakthrough

Two wheat varieties resistant to the deadly Ug99 strain of stem rust are set for release in Kenya, says a report from United Nations' Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (IRIN).

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Thursday 20 October 2011

Kenya

Farm irrigation

ABOUT 1.2million hectares will be irrigated in the next five years as part of the government plan to eradicate drought-related hunger in the country, President Kibaki has said.

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Wednesday 19 October 2011

Kenya

Vaccinating cattle

Entomologist Glen Scoles, veterinary medical officer Massaro Ueti and research leader Don Knowles at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Animal Disease Research Unit (ADRU) in Pullman, Washington, have been working on the collaborative project for more than five years.

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Saturday 01 October 2011

Kenya

Drought payment scheme

The scheme, which has been piloted in northern Kenya since early 2010, uses freely-available satellite data to assess the state of pastures. When the images show that pastures have dried up, farmers can claim compensation for animals that have died as a result — without insurers having to verify the deaths in person.

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Friday 30 September 2011

Kenya

Concerns over sugar prices

Lack of duty-free sugar from the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa member states is to blame for the current sugar crisis.

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Thursday 29 September 2011

Kenya

Sugarcane farming

Sugarcane farmers are now demanding sugar companies review cane prices upwards to ensure that farmers also benefit from sugar price hikes.

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Wednesday 28 September 2011

Kenya

New farm land schemes

Biodiversity conservation among pastoral communities is increasingly researched as an area that could hold the key to helping pastoralists deal with the challenges of climate change and land use policy changes by allowing them to diversify their incomes.

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Friday 23 September 2011

Kenya

Drought payments for farmers

The scheme, which has been piloted in northern Kenya since early 2010, uses freely-available satellite data to assess the state of pastures. When the images show that pastures have dried up, farmers can claim compensation for animals that have died as a result — without insurers having to verify the deaths in person.

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Thursday 15 September 2011

Kenya

Poultry farming problems

Poultry farmers countrywide are scaling back chicken production, driven by the soaring costs of feed made principally from maize, which is now at all-time high prices, according to Business Daily Africa. But for some, the soaring prices have forced a search for alternative feed that scientists claim are cheaper and more nutritious for poultry, and end competition for mainstream human food.

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Tuesday 06 September 2011

Kenya

Pig farming

A number of farmers in Central Kenya have turned to pig breeding as a profitable cottage industry, owing to high demand and good prices.

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Kenya

Pig farming

A number of farmers in Central Kenya have turned to pig breeding as a profitable cottage industry, owing to high demand and good prices.

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