News from Kenya

15-05-2014 01:10 AM
Kenyan MPs' bid to evict UK farmers over khat ban
A group of MPs in Kenya has tabled a motion in parliament calling for British farmers to be ejected from the khat-growing Meru region. They are ang...
22-04-2014 01:39 AM
Underfunding agriculture poses wider food security risk
Inadequate allocations by some county governments to agriculture poses food security risk to the country, a top researcher has warned. Most counties a...
06-02-2014 05:36 AM
Cattle thieves kill man in raid
A man was shot dead by cattle raiders at his home in Wangwachi village, on Monday night. The man and his family were asleep when the raiders stormed a...
22-01-2014 01:28 AM
Kenya first to earn carbon credits from sustainable farming
A project bringing together thousands of small farmers in western Kenya has become the first to earn carbon credits using a new sustainable farming ac...
04-11-2013 02:19 AM
Livestock, timber and sand targeted in new laws
Residents of West Pokot and Elgeyo/Marakwet counties will have to pay more in levies to sell their livestock in auctions. Locals in the two countie...
21-08-2013 02:07 AM
Russia promises to help Kenya's farmers
Russia is feeling generous: During a recent visit to Kenya, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has vowed to help the African country's agricu...
18-07-2013 03:53 AM
Fertiliser wars and run-down corporations threat to farming
So far it has been a busy 100 days for Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei, who has been traversing the country on sector familiarisation tours...
16-07-2013 02:48 AM
Narok farmers count losses as birds destroy wheat fields
Farmers in Narok County are counting heavy losses following the invasion of their wheat fields by hundreds of Quelea birds. Farmers say more than 4...
08-07-2013 01:48 AM
New age agriculture, the hanging fruit for the unemployed
Every year, about 800,000 young Kenyans reach working age. The job market can only accommodate 50,000 of them. It is a situation aptly captured in ...
24-06-2013 10:19 AM
Dairy farmers milk higher yields
A new cattle breed, which matures faster and has high yields compared to others, is causing sensation among farmers. The breed named Fleckvieh was ...
14-06-2013 12:05 PM
Elephants destroy crops in Mwatate
Hundreds of elephants have invaded farms in Mwatate constituency where they have destroyed crops. The areas most affected are Aaaliya, Maktau, Mwashum...
24-05-2013 09:13 AM
Agriculture key driver as economy grows by 4.6pc
The economy last year grew by 4.6 per cent, a modest improvement from 4.4 per cent recorded in 2011, buoyed by strong performance in the agriculture, ...
22-05-2013 09:30 AM
Fresh viral maize disease worries farmers
Farmers are a worried lot after the resurgence of a maize virus in Kakamega. The disease, which ruined crops in the North Rift last year, has broke...
10-05-2013 10:55 AM
New agriculture, fishing law retrogressive
The Constitution of Kenya stands out shoulder to shoulder among the most progressive in the world. Since its enactment in 2010, this beautiful piece ...
03-05-2013 09:32 AM
Treasury proposes Sh38.9 billion for agriculture sector
The Treasury has proposed to allocate Sh38.9 billion to the agriculture, livestock and fisheries ministry, with the bulk of the sector’s disbursement ...
02-05-2013 09:14 AM
Kenya: Appy Agriculture
John Mwangi stands in his wooden shed counting bags of maize neatly bundled in burlap. The 90kg bags sit on slats raised two feet off the earthen f...
24-04-2013 09:34 AM
Kenya: Italy Gives Kenya One Billion for Kerio Farm Irrigation
THE Italian government has released Sh1 billion to ensure food security in West Pokot and Turkana. The money was given to the Kerio Valley Developm...
01-02-2013 09:31 AM
Shortage of extension services hurts goat milk production
Dairy goat farming has been hit hard by lack of training for farmers and this is likely to reduce milk production, a Dairy Goat Association of Kenya o...
30-01-2013 10:00 AM
Over 2,000 goats lost to new livestock disease
Veterinary officer says they have done tests and are still waiting for results, but vaccination is being done. Pastoralists in Marigat District hav...
08-01-2013 09:02 AM
Maize farmers diversify crops to net in the extra income
Farmers in Rift Valley are diversifying from maize production due to the length of time that it takes before harvesting. It takes almost a year betwee...
12-11-2012 09:15 AM
Cattle raiders kill 12 Kenyan police
Kenyan police say cattle rustlers have ambushed police in the country's remote north, killing at least 12 officers. Local television stations put t...
01-11-2012 09:28 AM
New methods help Kenyan farmers become self-sufficient
After her husband died three years ago, Celine was forced to work on other people’s land for just 50 Kenyan shillings (about 36p) a day. Today, her li...
31-10-2012 09:28 AM
13 feared dead in gun battle with cattle rustlers
Thirteen people are feared dead after two warring communities turned against each other in Samburu County. Three others are nursing serious gunshot...
14-09-2012 09:09 AM
Kenyan govt minister charged over deadly land clashes
A government minister pleaded innocent in court on Wednesday to charges of inciting violence in which over 100 people have been shot, hacked and burnt...
06-06-2012 09:04 AM
Strange disease hits maize in south rift
Researchers and scientists have identified the strange disease which has destroyed thousands of acres of maize crops in South Rift as maize lethal nec...
29-05-2012 07:14 AM
Maize disease exposes Kenyans to starvation
At least three million people in South Rift and parts of Nyamira County risk starvation after their maize crops were destroyed by a strange disease.
19-04-2012 08:06 AM
Parliament blocks Kenyan dairy privatisation
The Kenyan Parliament has approved a motion to block the government from proceeding with its plans to privatise the new Kenya Co-operative Creameries ...
16-04-2012 07:46 AM
Kenyan meat may lose Middle East market
Kenya risks losing its key Middle East meat export market due to unscrupulous traders who forge Kenya Meat Commission stamps to export poor quality me...
13-04-2012 08:49 AM
Reduced rainfall raises fears of crop failure
Two weeks after the start of long rains season, which had delayed for about a month, Kenya is experiencing reduction in rainfall amount in most parts ...
08-04-2012 09:53 AM
Farming union sees return of 3000 workers
The agricultural workers’ union has secured the return of more than 3,000 workers to work.
08-04-2012 09:46 AM
Dairy farmers unable to get loans
Dairy farmers in the North Rift say they are unable get loans to enable them to adopt better farming technology.
04-10-2011 08:38 AM
Kenya 1.2m hectares to be irrigated
About 1.2million hectares will be irrigated in the next five years as part of the government plan to eradicate drought-related hunger in the country, ...
01-09-2011 08:20 AM
Women launch drive to curb cattle rustling
Women from North Rift pastoral communities have launched a joint venture to contain cattle rustling.
01-09-2011 08:18 AM
Kenya 'imported 3m bags of GMO maize'
Three million bags of genetically modified maize were cleared for import from South Africa last year.
30-08-2011 08:41 AM
Sugar Crisis Blamed On Low Imports
Lack of duty-free sugar from the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa member states is to blame for the current sugar crisis.
29-08-2011 08:02 AM
Farmers now demand higher cane prices
Sugarcane farmers are now demanding sugar companies review cane prices upwards to ensure that farmers also benefit from sugar price hikes.
08-08-2011 09:37 AM
Kenyan drought kills livestock worth $690m
A drought in Kenya killed livestock worth 64.2 billion shillings ($690 million), including 3.5 million head of Zebu cattle...
25-07-2011 09:11 AM
Seed farmers want price hike on their produce
Maize seed farmers in Trans Nzoia County want the Government to increase the prices of the commodity to cushion them from high costs of production.
22-07-2011 09:09 AM
Farmers to benefit from fertiliser deal
Small scale tea farmers will benefit from 65,000 metric tonnes of imported fertiliser.
15-06-2011 08:51 AM
Banks coaxed to lend more to agriculture
he Ministry of Finance has launched a programme in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) aimed at spurring len...
24-05-2011 07:54 AM
Tea earnings set to drop as low rainfall hits
Farmers and exporters of tea this year stand to lose Sh7 billion in foreign exchange earnings due to an unexpected drop in production, the latest repo...
14-04-2011 09:28 AM
Govt moves to stem seed shortage
The Ministry of Agriculture is developing a National Seed Policy that will seek to increase the production of seeds in the country.
24-03-2011 08:57 AM
Kenya's agriculture needs merged exchanges
Kenya needs to consolidate its separate agricultural exchanges to increase the commodities...
06-03-2011 09:28 AM
Kenya coffee eyes new golden era
Kenyan coffee producers are hoping that soaring global prices will end years of neglect...
02-03-2011 08:55 AM
Lake communities told to support fish farming
Fishing communities have been urged to diversify their economic activities in order to sustain fish resources in Lake Victoria.
03-01-2011 10:44 AM
Rising prices could sour sweet potatoes
The price of sweet potatoes has risen by about 21 per cent in the past three months, driven by high demand...
19-12-2010 14:51 PM
Kenya now region's fish farming centre
Kenya is increasingly becoming a learning centre for development of aquaculture in East Africa.
14-12-2010 12:16 PM
Crop raiding elephants 'stressed'
Elephants that invade farmers’ crops have higher levels of stress hormones.
10-12-2010 07:40 AM
Kenya wheat imports loom after fungus hit grain
A deadly fungus has wiped out some of Kenya’s wheat due for harvesting in December, and a researcher said on Thursday the east African country c...
08-12-2010 08:50 AM
Kakamega group's venture into rare farming pays off
Kakamega group’s venture into rare farming pays off - After two taxing years, effort by a group of youths in Kakamega Central District to divers...