Ruto is the cause of current food crisis – Former Agriculture Minister Kipruto Arap Kirwa says

William Ruto - Photo file

Former Agriculture Minister Kipruto Arap Kirwa has come out saying that the current food crisis in the country is linked Ruto’s mishandling of the Agriculture docked when he headed it. Mr. Kirwa served as Agriculture Minister after being appointed by Mwai Kibaki in 2003 up until 2008 after which William Ruto was appointed to the docket.  Kirwa says that it is during this time that the Agriculture sector in the country was messed up when Ruto colluded with cartels and ‘funny millers’ to carry out shoddy deals. “When I left…

Maize flour price reduced by half – 2kg to retail at Ksh 100 from ksh200

A big relief to Kenyans after the government announce subsidize of maize flour prices.   A memo signed by Agriculture PS Francis Owino stated that the Ministry of agriculture shall subsidize the price of maize flour being produced and sold by millers for a period of four weeks.  Following the directive, the prize of 2kg Maize flour will retail at Ksh 100 from Ksh 230. Kenyans have been experiencing high cost of living with other commodities whose prices have increased being bread, milk, tissues paper, sugar and cooking oil. Reasons…

Homa Bay youths to benefit from 1.5 Million Youth Enterprise Development Fund

Entrepreneurial youths from Homa Bay County undertaking agricultural project on insect production will benefit from 1.5 million Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) as a startup capital. The Black Soldier Fly Insect which has over the years been neglected has since been identified as a cheap source of protein for both poultry and fish farming hence the need for it in high quantity. Each group will receive ksh 100,000 as seed capital for production of the black soldier fly. Mr Daniel Mathenge who is the YEDF Senior commercial infrastructure officer said…

Agroecology a pathway to building sustainable food sytems-Scientists

As millions of smallholder farmers in Kenya struggle to respond to changing climate and the global COVID-19 pandemic, scientists are fronting agroecological farming approaches as a pathway to build affordable and resilient food systems.Climate risks pose serious threats to Kenya’s sustainable development goals. According to estimates from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by 2030, climate variability and extremes will lead to losses in the agriculture sector equivalent to 2.6 percent of GDP annually.  Now scientists say small holder farmers can buffer impacts from erratic weather patterns if they…

Farmer develops organic fertilizer to protect soil and environment

Nicholas Njoroge is a farmer in Kinangop, Nyandarua County. Attempting to make a difference, he ventures into organic fertilizer production to increase his yields, a goal at the heart of every farmer. His bid is to let go the costly chemical fertilizers. The need to protect soils and the environment continues to emerge even as farmers seek to improve on food production to meet rising demand and fill the shortages. Tracing his farming journey from childhood seeing the farther buying different chemicals to spray his crops, Nicholas decided to venture…

Yellow-fleshed sweet potato variety offers better option for a Migori farmer

Meet Marcel Odera, a career farmer in Migori, a County located in South Nyanza region and is widely known for small scale gold mining activities. He has been making different farming ventures for over three decades only to find fortune in sweet potatoes which he has now grown for the last seven years. He shares his story with Hortfresh Journal. ”I was doing all kinds or types of farming activities. I started with growing trees, went to crop farming and later went to livestock till 2013 when I began to…

Kenyan farmers are yet to harness their potential- Agronomist

By Malachi Motano Peter Kariuki is freelance agronomist based in Nairobi with bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Karatina University, with passion for farming. With ten years’ experience with farmers and the industry at large, he shares with the writer on the challenges they face and possible way forward for the sector in a Question (Q) and Answer (A) interview. Q. Describe farming in Kenya A. Kenya is a farm lover’s dream: abundant uncultivated arable land, tropical climates that permit long growing seasons; a young labor force; and an expanding population…

Endeavoring Indian passion hybrid variety- Kaveri

By Malachi Motano Whereas the two major passion fruits grown in Kenya are Yellow and Purple varieties, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) over the years has developed a few more commercial hybrid varieties with superior qualities. They include KPF4-very sweet, KPF11 – yielding much higher than KPF4 and KPF12 – also yielding higher than KPF4 however, James Njeru Ndirangu a farmer in Nyeri is attempting another variety, still a hybrid but popular in India. Dubbed Kaveri, is a cross between purple and yellow varieties, an F1 high yielding…