SMAP Offers Window For Beef Exports From Kenya

Sunrise view at Tugen Hills in Marigat town, Baringo County leaves a lasting impression on one’s mind. The sun resembles a chick coming out of an eggshell as it emerges from the clouds and casts its rays across the town. It is Thursday, the market day, as I saunter in this small town about 350km

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Dairy and Aquaculture Training of Trainers

It has been a bee-busy week for stakeholders in the dairy and fish industries as they separately converged in Nakuru for Trainers of Trainees trainings gearing towards market expansion. The two trainings brought together twenty trainees in each of the two sectors at separate hotels within Nakuru, 150 Kilometers West of Nairobi. These are part

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Young Kenyan Farmer Reaps From Export Market

Some 80km from Kenya’s capital Nairobi off the Thika-Garissa highway sits Ngoliba, a rural outpost in Murang’a County that is slowly turning to be a horticulture hub. Ordinarily, Ngoliba is a dry place and many farmers who grow crops for export and local market in the region rely on irrigation by taping water from the

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SMAP Offers Hope to Kenya’s Horticultural Farmers

In the populous JB Estate on the outskirts of Nakuru town, about 150km from Nairobi, the capital, Cecily Karimi runs a horticultural farm at a girls’ rescue centre. The farm sits on part of Jacarada Girls Rescue Centre, and hosts several crops including carrots, and spinach. I find Karimi harvesting carrots that she was to supply to

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Small-Scale Bee Farmer Innovates, Dreams of Export Market

A visit to Permenous Kongo’s home in Mwingi, Eastern Kenya, gives one two impressions. First is his determination to make some money from honey harvesting and second his creativity in the agribusiness. He rears stingless bees at his home, and produces honey, most of which is sold to neighbours. Reaching his home, about 200km east

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Steering Committee Meeting

The second SMAP Steering Committee meeting held in Nairobi on 28 September brought together stakeholders, from the ministries of agriculture, industrialisation and enterprise development and the ministry of health. Also represented were government agencies including the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate services and the Department of Veterinary Services. The European Union, Read More

A Day at a Fish Farm in Nakuru

We drive through winding dusty roads to get to James Kiruki’s farm, about 10km just outside Nakuru town. He has best use of space, growing bananas and vegetables, keeping livestock and just enough space left for eight ponds for fish farming. Kiruki is one of the beneficiaries of a government initiated economic stimulus programme which

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