Coffee drops to 4th foreign exchange earner

Coffee has been ranked as the fourth leading foreign exchange earner for Kenya after tea, tourism and horticulture. Speaking on Monday during breakfast meeting with Global Coffee buyers, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, said that the volume and value of coffee exported to the United States of America ...

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Potato brokers chopped off

Farmers selling potatoes on OLX using mobile phones without internet connection Online classifieds company OLX is targeting trade in potatoes, a popular staple food mong urban Kenyans, with its new SMS service. Farmers who do not own smart phones will now be able access the platform by use of code *887# on ...

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Tea farmers to earn Ksh84 billion

Tea farmers are set for improved earnings after sales for the year 2015/2016 jumped 32 per cent on higher production and a stable currency.  The farmers’ marketing agency, Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has announced Ksh84 billion in revenue this year from Ksh63.5 billion last year, a move that would ...

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KCB and Tuskys partner to lift youth in farming   

Tuskys KCB

The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities. The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset ...

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Technology seen to lift tea earnings

Last week Kenya hosted the first ever African Tea Science Symposium and 22nd session of the FAO/IGG conference on Tea at the Enashipai Resort in Naivasha. This presented a huge opportunity for the country to influence the agenda and trends of global tea business for the next two years. The industry continues ...

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Dairy farm that runs on high-tech software

Biko Kithinji Green Dairy farm 1

 Biko Kithinji shares tricks of milking a fortune from dairy cows  Dairy farming is not everyone’s glass of milk. Policy-related challenges abound in the sub-sector and its performance has been dwindling over the past few years. Yet those bold enough to get in and do things right are savouring its lucre. ...

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Western Kenya to host rabbit urine fertilizer factory

Rabbit in kenya

Western Kenya will be the first region to host a unique factory that will utilise rabbit urine in manufacturing fertilizer. The construction of the Ksh6 million factory in Vihiga County that is set to begin next month following approval of the site by relevant authorities. County Woman Representative Dorcas Kedogo says the factory ...

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APA Insurance gets Ksh252m to fund rural farmers

APA Insurance has received a Ksh252 million ($2.5 million) funding from the MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity to increase incomes and well-being of smallholder farmers in Kenya through targeted micro-insurance products.  APA is the first insurance company to receive such funding in Kenya. The funding, which was announced today ...

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EAGC in tour to assess North Rift farmers support projects

Cheptarit Star Women Group

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and its partners conducted an assessment visit for the ongoing grain farmer support programmes in North Rift region on 9th and 10th March 2016. The tour was aimed at assessing the impact of the programmes on the farmer groups and warehouse operators in the grain ...

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