Entries by Cropnuts

Eldoret Farmer Maize Farming Success Story

Maize Farming Success Story We visited maize farmer Tim in Eldoret. His maize farming success story is, to say the least, inspirational. Despite the drought & fall army worm challenge, Tim – Owner of Makongi Farm in Eldoret – harvested his maize and he has every reason to smile.. In Eldoret county lies an expansive […]

Kibera Man Grabs A Flower Exporting Opportunity To Eke A Living

When Talib Ibrahim from Makina, Kibera travelled to Egypt to pursue further studies in Nautical Technology at the Maritime Academy, he had no prior knowledge of what was to befall him which later became a game changer in his life.. At the university, an opportunity for exporting flowers from Kenya to Egypt came forth and […]

Agrobacterium – The Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid it’s a nightmare, and causes large ugly cankers called crown galls, and […]

Healthy Soils: Key to Unlocking the Grass Potential In Arid Lands

By Anne Munene When Kenya’s President Uhuru was inaugurated for his second and final term on Nov 26th, those of us in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), were gratified when President painted the broad picture on how his government will go about ensuring that Kenya can get out of the drought cycles through  a re-engineered […]

Critical Issues in Plant Nutrition in Floriculture

By Ruth Vaughan <Scroll down to subscribe to this newsletter> In my line of work I visit hundreds of flower farms a year; the flourishing, the ticking over, and the ones in dire straits. A lot of my hard work is dealing with farms that suddenly run into problems. “Ruth, please come and visit our […]

The Influence of Plant Nutrition on Pests and Diseases

Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts There is increasing pressure on us to grow healthy flowers, fruit and vegetables with less and less chemical pesticides.  The export markets we supply to check pesticide residues in the produce and high levels can limit market access.  With the new Horticultural Standards in Kenya being gazetted – there is […]

ISO 17025 Accreditation: Our Journey

By Grace Nderitu Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited is now ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited by Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS). ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the internationally-accepted quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories. This standard specifies general requirements for competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations.  The standard includes explicit requirements for continual improvement of the management system […]