Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
By FT News Writer and PPS
The Government will initiate an agricultural revolution that will transform farming in the country into a commercial enterprise.
President Uhuru kenyatta says although Kenyan farmers make meagre profits from their labour, the committed to ensure all farmers irrespective of landholding make a decent income out of agricultural activity.
China has offered to train Kenyan rice farmers in modern large-scale production techniques to raise their yield five-fold from the current paltry 50 tonnes per acre.
During President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of the China National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI) in the southern Chinese city of Hangzhou, the Institute said that it was prepared to set up a model farm and research facility to assist Kenya meet its food security goals.
By Ben Kinyanjui
Education, Science and Technology cabinet secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi want import ban on GMOs imposed by the former government last year lifted.
Prof Kaimenyi says the ban was not supported by scientific evidence and should be reviewed the soonest possible.
By Magali Moreau
States of emergency have been declared across Central America this year as coffee plants are being devastated by an aggressive fungal leaf disease.
The disease known as la roya del café (coffee rust), has inflicted losses of nearly 3 million bags of coffee, representing over $500 million in market value.
By Ben Kinyanjui
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for total ban on highly hazardous pesticides because it has proven very difficult to ensure proper handling.
FAO says the tragic incident in Bihar, India, where 23 school children died after eating a school meal contaminated with monocrotophos, is an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from markets in developing countries.
By TF News Reporter
Kenya is among countries with the lowest number of land surveyors despite the numerous unresolved land cases, a new report by the World Bank now says.
The report, “Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity,” finds that Ghana, Kenya and Uganda each have fewer than 10 professional land surveyors per one million people, compared to 197 in Malaysia and 150 in Sri Lanka.