Sugarcane farming no longer sweet
FEATURE Hundreds of farmers in Migori County who have been growing sugarcane since 1979 as a cash crop are having second thoughts. From being ‘green gold’ to a lazy man’s crop, sugarcane has now acquired the tag of a poor man’s crop, thanks to abysmal returns from a cash crop...
An MP tells farmers beans and potatoes are juicier than mangoes
Through the programme, interested farmers will be given seedlings during rainy seasons and helped in the management of the crops.
Farmers in western Kenya ditch sugarcane for coffee farming
“We have installed two coffee milling plant at Musese and Chesikaki to improve coffee farming and processing,” Ndirangu explains.
County registers farmers for a databank of agricultural activities
“We are assisting our farmers to have value for their products by helping them plant certified seeds that take less time to mature and this can only be done if we know the numbers we are dealing with,” he said.
Long orphaned, sorghum farming finds a new home in economy
Mrs Ndirangu says, there are plans to invite flour milling companies to set up shop in the county to enhance the status of sorghum to a cash crop.
Kenya’s cotton industry on the rebound
At present, Kenya produces 25,000 bales of cotton against a demand of 200,000 bales annually. The 1,750,000 bales deficit is met with imports from Tanzania, Uganda, and India.
Sorghum no longer an ‘orphaned’ crop in parts Kenya
Siaya County’s climate is among the most conducive for sorghum and millet production and its proximity to the Sh15 billion refurbished EABL plant in Kisumu means local farmers are poised to benefit more.
Food security: Arid Baringo has high potential for irrigated farming
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa wants residents of arid and semi-arid areas to invest more in intensive irrigation farming to become food secure. With only a fifth of landmass suitable for agriculture, Kenya is turning to irrigation to address perennial food shortages. However, investment in irrigation is yet to gain...
Farmers in central Kenya decry AFA ban on macadamia
Farmers in Mt Kenya region want the ban imposed on harvesting macadamia rescinded, citing imminent losses if they are prevented from disposing of their produce as they regularly do between November and February. The complaint follows a move by the Agricultural Food Authority (AFA), which in October 2018 imposed the...