Benson Mbithi

Pixie farmers soldier on despite setbacks

Producing pixie fruits comes with a myriad of challenges.

  1. Promoting mushroom growing in Kenya

    Verah Mburugu quit her job in 2019 and went fully into mushroom production.

    Verah Mburugu
  2. Leasing document promotes agribusiness in Homa Bay

    Document allows one to sue a landowner who breaches a lease agreement.

    Linda Owako
  3. New sorghum type to help battle alcoholism

    The white sorghum, known as Jasiri, is among the three newly unveiled varieties.

    Rael Kisilu
  4. Waste management solutions

    Effective green waste management solutions are important in combating climate change.

  5. Kenya to gain from Sh1.7bn pest control options

    CropLife is a global trade association of agrochemical firms based in Belgium.

  6. Sigey: I have left a mark at New KCC

    Outgoing New KICC CEO Nixon Sigey says he took over the organisation when it owed dairy farmers Sh500 million.

    Nixon Sigey
  7. For better yields, city farmer goes organic

    Farmer seeks to change the narrative of depending on artificial fertiliser for great yields.

    Emmanuel Juma
  8. The fishing families of Kajiado

    Residents of Kajiado reap the rewards of embracing fish farming.

    Fish harvesting
  9. Why law requires seizing suspected rabies animals

    I have previously reported on cases of rabies in cattle and dogs, each from a different perspective that helps to understand the different aspects of this deadly disease.

     animal health service provider
  10. Pastoralists embrace crops to beat climate change effects griculture

    Experts want agro-pastoralists given practical training to make them understand the new environment and realities of global warming.

    alka Bisanadi Cultural Village
  11. Young farmer puts smile on dairy and poultry keepers

    The organisation in Gatundu South constituency boasts of 70 members that Peter Ng'ang'a trains

    Peter Ng’ang’a
  12. Fake fertiliser: Federation calls for compensation

    The fake fertiliser scandal is seen in some quarters as the greatest threat to Kenya’s food agenda.

     Mwenda M’Mailutha
  13. What to do when lumpy skin disease hits your animals

    LSD, whose vaccines are readily available, is caused by a virus that is spread by mosquitoes and biting flies.

    lumpy skin disease
  14. When your heifer limps on all fours

    Bovine ephemeral fever rarely kills and most deaths are due to injury if the animal attempts too hard to stand up

    A cow getting vaccinated.
  15. PREMIUM Egg, chicken empire of Nyandarua that targets 300,000 layers

    The farm began with 8,000 birds but the figure could soon rise to 300,000.

    Jane Ndiritu
  16. Upcycling post-harvest fish waste into animal protein

    The first step in quality assurance after Sea Ventures receives the waste is checking it for potentially dangerous substances like microbes.

    Faith Mwende
  17. Synthetic fertiliser kills soils, harms health says AFSA

    Soil degradation is increasing in Africa, with over 20 per cent of land in most countries in the region degraded

    Million Belay
  18. How to strengthen extension services

    The adoption of modern technologies, innovations and management practices plays an important role in linking farmers, with other economic actors.

    A dairy farmer
  19. Potential of dairy societies: A story of transformation

    After getting help from NARIGP, the Kaptama Dairy Cooperative Society purchased a fleet of motorcycles to revolutionise milk transport.

    Kaptama Dairy Farmers Cooperative
  20. Kicopo Poultry Sacco yields millions to farmers in Kitui

    Launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, the main objective was to help improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

    KICOPO Poultry Traders Society
  21. Banana farmers’ resilience in face of global warming

    Kenya has witnessed climate change shocks affecting dry and wet regions.

  22. From failure to success: The story of Narok potato farmers

    Armed with certified seeds and state of the art equipment, Lanyuak Cooperative Society members embarked on ambitious dream, planting vast tracks of land.

  23. How NARIGP programme helped me to boost sales through digital platforms 

    Harnessing the power of social media, Gathura embarked on a digital marketing crusade as he shared captivating continent showcasing his seedlings and avocado fruits.

  24. Seed firms push information to rural farmers to improve yields

    Kenya has an estimated 7.5 million smallholder farmers, who account for 80 per cent of the country's total agricultural production

    Maize farm
  25. Pyrethrum remains safe organic pesticide, study reveals

    Kenyan farmers are using pesticides containing Imidacloprid, a substance recognised for its detrimental effects on bees.

    Workers harvest pyrethrum at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (Kalro) in Molo, Nakuru County
  26. Remote diagnosis and prescription is rarely helpful

    Prescription or treatment for a wrong diagnosis is useless.

    Tsangasini Livestock sales yard
  27. City youth transform a bar into a thriving vegetable garden

    A group made up of 22 members began the venture which they called Cute Garden, in 2022, having realised that Nairobi residents needed safe food.

  28. EU to promote modern agriculture using tech in Homa Bay

    A total OF 6,000 farmers will acquire climate-resilient agricultural practices through the innovative programme.

     Henriette Geiger
  29. Centres of excellence established to empower farmers

    The centres will be used as information dissemination hubs to promote sustainable farming practices.

    Maize farm