Entries by Cropnuts

Government Banks On Crop Insurance To Boost Agricultural Output

This article originally appeared in The Business Daily Newspaper Boosting Food Security The government is banking on crops insurance to achieve food security in the country, a senior s officer in the Agriculture ministry has said. John Mwaniki, policy director in charge of crop insurance, said after successful implementation with livestock keepers, the ministry had […]

Recent Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)

By Ruth Vaughan March 2018 A number of changes to EC regulations have been published. These regulations will become active in the 1st quarter of 2018 and the 3rd quarter of 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs).   Regulation EC 2018/73 is an amendment to annexes […]

Benefits of Early Planting in Arid & Semi Arid Lands (ASALs)

By Anne Munene After wearing out our knees offering supplications for rains – they are finally here and then they are not. Even with floods that have brought loss of life and property, there is a brigade of farmers that believe that the rains are not enough to warrant planting. Because, proper rains always start kitu […]

JULIANI: Youth Can Change The Face Of Agriculture

By JULIANI Talk has been rife of empowering and encouraging youth, many of whom suffer silently under the weight of food insecurity and the high cost of living, to participate in agriculture. Numerous workshops and seminars have been held in the hope of fostering a generation of productive and prosperous young farmers. But are these […]

Setting Up For Top Yields In 2018: Soil Sampling

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist This week in THINK AGRONOMY… Why soil sampling improves profitability How to sample properly Grid vs zone sampling It’s The Planting Season As we approach planting in many areas of Kenya, we are also approaching one of the largest expenditures of the year for most growers. Our costings […]

Women Shine At the Cropnuts Kitale Golf Tournament

Women shone at the Cropnuts golf tournament that was held on Saturday Feb 24th at the Kitale golf club. The tournament is a build up to the TransNzoia Open by the Kenya Golf Union which produces Kenya’s best amateur golfers. Tournament Winners During the Cropnuts golf tournament, Sandhya Shah of handicap 13 emerged winner with […]

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 2)

By Ruth Vaughan In Part 1 of our newsletter, we explored the various farming practices that improve the soil and the environment. In this second issue, we discuss various useful tips on how to maintain flower production over time (without slipping into a dip in production). Be sure to have your thinking cap on and soak […]

Wheat Varieties: What Our Current Research Shows

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist This week I take a look at wheat varieties in anticipation of planting Our latest trials results highlight importance of Nitrogen and Sulphur in Canola Robin Still a solid variety. First registered in 2009, Robin is never going to set the world alight but it has one key […]

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 1)

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director European flower importers are pushing for their suppliers to be able to demonstrate sustainable policies and practices. The pressure is on.. In order to continue to be economically sustainable one must comply with the market demands and trends or find a new market. From a horticultural view we must […]