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Anne Muturi: How Soil Analysis Has Helped Me Farm With Information

Ann has won many hats in the past from being a student of math and chemistry at university level, an IT professional and an NGO practitioner to her now current occupation which is farming. She’s been farming for the last 3 years and decided…
smallscale farming

Meru Farmer Doubles His Onion Yield With Daktari Wa Udongo

By Oscar “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” - Xenophon, Oeconomicus, 400 B.C. James Mbogo is a farmer at heart. For 7 seven years now he's been tilling his one acre farm at Ngare Ndare in Meru County.…
mwihaki daktari wa udongo

Mwihaki Ndung'u Success Story: It Always Starts With The Soil

By Oscar Adika In the misty rolling landscape of Kinale in Kiambu County, lies two potato farms. One belongs to Ms. Mwihaki and right next is her's - is her cousin's Jane potato farm. Potato is a common crop in Kinale and Mwihaki has grown…
Miaze Lethal Necrosis Disease MLND

Crescent Joya: My Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease Story

Maize farmers dread it Understandably so, because it causes total crop failure And it has no cure.. The only way to handle it is to prevent it. What are we talking about? Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease aka MLND. A lethal viral…
Green house farming Kenya

Wamagata Ng'ang'a: Why More Fertilizer Isn't Always Better

By Oscar Adika   "More isn't better. It's just more. And if directed at the wrong things, it's actually worse." - anonymous Tucked in the middle of ever bustling and busy Kinoo area, lies a 3 acre farm. 2 small greenhouses, a cow/goat/chicken/rabbit…
Dairy Cow Milk Production

Ken Chemngorem: How I Improved My Milk Production With A Simple Soil Test

Deep in the heart of Nakuru county in Kenya, Ken Chemngorem is managing an impressive 20-acre modern farm. 14 dairy cows and 6 calves graze peacefully in the green terrain of the farm. For Ken, these cows mean a lot since they provide upto around…
Nyumbani Childrens Home

Nyumbani Karen Organic Farm: Starting With The Basics

By Oscar Adika   "To get a good production in farming, there are basics you cannot ignore in farming. One of them is irrigation water analysis.." - Paul Ndirangu Paul Ndirangu is the Farm Manager at Nyumbani Children's Home. Paul…
Crop Insurance

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…

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…
Youth in Agriculture

Agriculture Needs a Makeover to Lure Young People Back to Farming

By Oscar Adika Rural youth are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future? The Young Farmer: An Endangered Species? Africa has the youngest population in…