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Kenya ban use of dimethoate in fruits and vegetables as exports to Europe remain high despite financial crisis

By Today Financial News Reporter

Horticultural exporters are optimistic that the industry will survive the unfolding eurozone crisis that threatens to dampen exports into the European Union (EU) countries.

Kenya cannot afford to lose EU marketKenya cannot afford to lose EU market

The Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) says that exports for vegetables, fruits and flowers remained robust in the last quarter of last year despite crisis.

Tea earnings rose to Sh109 billion but production declined by five percent

By Ben Kinyanjui

Tea earnings rose to Sh109 billion last year from Sh97 billion in 2010, due to high prices in the international market and a weaker shilling against the dollar. Production however declined due to unfavourable weatherTea Board of Kenya CEO Sicily Kariuki spearheading efforts to get more export marketsTea Board of Kenya CEO Sicily Kariuki spearheading efforts to get more export markets

Kenya also secured new markets in China, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and North America as well as licensing of new factories in the tea growing areas.

Ministry of Agriculture set high targets as it become ISO certified

By Ben Kinyanjui

It is often associated with frequent famines that cause untold sufferings to the millions of people. It is often criticised for all manner of ills affecting the sector including high cost of farm inputs, poor seeds and extension services. President Mwai Kibaki (centre) display ISO certification given to ministry of AgriculturePresident Mwai Kibaki (centre) display ISO certification given to ministry of Agriculture

The ministry is also home to numerous poor performing state-owned enterprises that suffer bad press due to the many scandals that keep on surfacing. It is also home to the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, (KARI) that is one of the best known research institutions in Africa.

New Kenya Tea Development Agency chairman faces daunting task to move the industry to the next level

By Ben Kinyanjui

For the last 40 years, Patrick Kinyua has seen his living standards improve courtesy of his 5,000 tea buses he tenders and delivers to Mununga tea factory in Kirinyaga County.Newly appointed KTDA board chairman Mr Peter Kanyago faces a big task aheadNewly appointed KTDA board chairman Mr Peter Kanyago faces a big task ahead

Though the earnings have not met his expectations all the time, Kinyua is glad that he has never missed his monthly payment for as long as he can remember. Through the meager earnings, the farmer has been able to put all of his seven children through secondary education.

Kenya’s food situation improves but effects of drought still felt in arid and semi arid areas

By Ben Kinyanjui

Kenya expects to harvest 15 million bags of maize in the next seven months as food situation improve after a severe drought that left 3.7 million people in need of emergency food relief.Maize harvest set to improve due to good rainsMaize harvest set to improve due to good rains

The country also expects to import 500,000 bags to boost the local production that is facing strains from effects of climate change, high costs of inputs and reducing arable land.

Ministries of agriculture, fisheries and livestock to merge ahead of next year's election

By Ben Kinyanjui

Ms Margeret Kithii was sure that she had passed the interview. She had prepared for it and she had tackled all the questions and issues raised professionally and calmly. She could read the mood and the game was over.Livestock contributes significantly to economic developmentLivestock contributes significantly to economic development

But she was wrong. All that confidence was shattered when one panelist out of the blues asked her who the current minister for higher Education is. She was shocked and her mind went blank.

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