Monthly Archives: June 2017

Why did Tanzanian farmers demand growing GM crops?

By Michael J. Ssali An online weekly newsletter, Crop Biotech Update, reported on June 6, 2017, that farmers in Mwanza Province, North Eastern Tanzania urged their government to hasten delivery of GM crops which they said would save them from … Continue reading

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TEGO is our financial shield, says Robert Matete from Western Kenya

By Evelyn Situma Robert Matete — a farmer from Kakamega county, Kenya — glances at his maize field, and as if submerged in deep thought, straightens up his face and makes a wish amidst our conversation. “I wish my children … Continue reading

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Farmers bemoan losses caused by Fall Armyworm in Busia, Kenya

By Nancy Juma What do you say to a farmer whose crop is being gobbled up by the Fall Armyworm as he literally watches? Charles Weko, a small scale farmer from Busia county depends on farming to pay for his … Continue reading

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Nigerian farmer mentors youth on cassava farming

By Grace Muinga Pastor Felix Afolabi, owner and founder of Afolabi Agro Divine Ventures (AADV), has been a farmer since 2014 — farming on 360 hectares of land — 300 of which he intends to set aside for growing cassava. … Continue reading

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Efforts towards saving maize farmers $300million yield loss caused by MLN Disease

By Evelyn Situma Five years ago when the first case of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) in Africa was reported in the lower parts of Longisa, Bomet County,  seed companies and seed out-growers in Kenya were a worried lot. They … Continue reading

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Fifteen new varieties of rice are set to be released to farmers to boost the production of the local crop.

By Anita Chepkoech Fifteen new varieties of rice are set to be released to farmers to boost the production of the local crop which is performing dismally at the moment. One of the hybrids can do well under irrigation, while … Continue reading

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