Entries by Cropnuts

OPINION: To Impose 16% VAT On Pesticides Is Baffling And Self-defeating

By Evelyn Lusenaka The Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2018 ought to be properly interrogated to avoid killing agriculture, the goose that lays the golden egg for the economy. It threatens food security and jobs. The proposal to apply 16% VAT on Pesticides is baffling. It may yet come to haunt the nation through its deleterious […]

Conservation Agriculture: Benefits Of Leaving Crop Residue On Your Fields

By Jacopo Parigiani, Msc. Water & Land Management As defined by FAO, Conservation Agriculture (CA) aims to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture and subsequently aims at improved livelihoods of farmers through the application of the three CA principles: minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations. Permanent soil cover can only be achieved if […]

The NCPB Maize Scandal: What’s The Way Forward?

By Agatha Ngotho, Cereal Growers Association The NCPB Maize Scandal in a single quote: “There are traders that just drive in lorries of maize to the depots and intimidate officers at the depots claiming they have a letter of authorization from the ministry of agriculture.” Traders Vs Farmers A maize farmer from the North Rift who […]

OPINION: The Food We Eat Should Inspire Joy, Not Fear

By Jonathan Bardzik Food brings joy. Although lately it feels like food also brings a lot of fear and confusion. What should and shouldn’t we eat? There are seemingly endless new rules and opinions about what will make you healthy and what will kill you. Eat this. Don’t eat that! I’m making it my mission […]

Hugo Wood: How I Rose From a Ksh. 25 Million Wheat Loss

By Julius Sigei, Daily Nation In Part one of this series, we skimmed through the incredible 40 -year farming career of Mr. Hugo Wood. What is worth noting is that in 1984, Mr Wood faced an unexpected severe drought  which threatened his young hopes of becoming the legendary farmer that he is today. How did […]

Roseto Flowers Invest In Ultra Modern Irrigation Water Management System

FLOWER INDUSTRY NEWS 17th August 2018 In the flower farming industry, high sodium levels in water has been a menace to most growers. Common irrigation water management systems such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) have come in handy to most flower growers. Most farms have invested in RO but Roseto Flowers in Rongai, Nakuru County has […]

Hugo Wood: My 40-Year Journey In Large scale Farming

FEATURE STORY Driving through Narok county in the month of June guarantees beautiful sceneries thanks to the massive trackfields of wheat whose sight comes close to a beautiful green Persian carpet. Narok is the hub of wheat growing in Kenya. If you enjoy bread, cake or cereal for breakfast, then you have a lot of […]

The Big Fall Armyworm Experiment: We Have The Results

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, MSc. Agriculture 10th August 2018 Earlier in the year in #ThinkAgronomy I presented the results from a study of Fall Armyworm that I undertook, examining the effectiveness of different insecticides. One of the major challenges I found last year was how to obtain reliable and meaningful results from a […]