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Crop Industry News: Kenya

31 March 2015
Crop Industry News from Kenya Improved Seed Varieties to Aid African Farmers
KENYA - Cornell University in the US has announced a new initiative to ensure that next-generation seed varieties with higher yields can reach farmers in Africa....
11 June 2014
Crop Industry News from Kenya Below-average Production Expected for Kenya 'Long Rain' Crops
KENYA - The 2014 “long-rains” season (March to May) started on time during the second and third weeks of March, supporting land preparation and planting activities in the western uni-modal...
15 October 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Boost for Farmers as Brewer Increases Barley Price
KENYA - East African Breweries Ltd has increased the price with which it buys a 90kg bag of barley by 17 per cent....
14 October 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Maize Disease Creates Panic in East Africa
KENYA - The East African Grain Council has warned that the increased spread of the maize disease within the Nairobi region will negatively impact the traded volumes....
11 October 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Sets Aside Sh3bn to Buy Maize from Farmers
KENYA - The government of Kenya plans to spend Sh3 billion to buy maize from farmers for the strategic grain reserve....
10 September 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Disease Resistant Wheat Varieties Debut in Kenya
KENYA - A multinational effort supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency and FAO marked a key milestone when a Kenyan university debuted two new varieties of disease-resistant wheat...
12 July 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Maize Disease Creating Poverty Trap for Farmers in Eastern Africa
KENYA - Spreading from Kenya across the rest of East and Central Africa, the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) is a serious risk to food security in the region. ...
05 July 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenyan Govt Unveils Plan to Fight Deadly Maize Disease
KENYA - The Kenyan Government has called on farmers to plant maize once a year to break the cycle of a viral maize disease....
10 June 2013
Crop Industry News from Kenya Food Security Improves in Kenya
KENYA - Successive above-average rainfall seasons in pastoral and agropastoral areas of Kenya have led to improvements in crop and livestock production. ...
12 July 2012
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Wheat Products Affected by Market Confusion
KENYA - EAC consumers have not yet developed a preference for wheat products, in particular high-quality products such as pan breads and pastries, leaving importers and millers to source lower-quality...
27 April 2012
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya to Import 250,000 tons of Refined Sugar in 2012
KENYA - Kenya will likely import about 250,000 tons of refined sugar during calendar year (CY) 2012, when compared with 300,000 tons imported during CY 2011, in spite of record setting cane,...
07 February 2012
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya to Import Maize
KENYA - In partnership with the private sector, Kenya is set to import at least 700,000 bags of maize by June - in a bid to ensure the country's food security, according to a report from the...
20 December 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya After-Harvest Losses Worsen Food Insecurity
KENYA - Poor post-harvest handling of food crops poses a grave challenge to the country's efforts to curb food insecurity....
12 December 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Rift Farmers Sell Maize At Low Prices Fearing Rot
KENYA - Maize harvests may drop by a million bags because of the heavy rains and floods which have caused crops to rot in some parts....
17 November 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Agriculture Maintains Growth Trend
KENYA - Kenya's agriculture sector continued to grow in the second quarter of the financial year 2011- 2012 despite less than expected rainfall signalling possible increase in food production...
08 November 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Sugar Miller Offers 13 Per Cent Increase in Cane Prices
KENYA - Butali Sugar Mills Ltd (BSML) has increased its cane prices to Sh4,300, from Sh3,800 a ton effective next Thursday. ...
19 October 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Sugar Shortage Locally Internationally to Keep Prices High
KENYA - Sugar prices are likely to remain high due to shortage locally and in the international market....
18 October 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Allow For Yellow Maize Imports Urge Farmers
KENYA - The Government should allow for importation of yellow maize to be used for chicken feed production and reduce competition for local maize, poultry producers have said....
05 October 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya to Boost Wheat Production With Disease-Resistant Varieties
KENYA - Kenya hopes to contain the wheat rust, which destroys about a tenth of the wheat crop, through introduction of two disease-resistant varieties next year....
26 September 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Farmers Adopt New Method to Grow More Rice With Less Water
KENYA - Kenyan rice farmers are switching to a new technology that is set to double production and help bridge supply deficit for the country's domestic consumption....
20 September 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya's Scientists Urged to Engage in GM Debate
KENYA - Kenya's agriculture secretary is urging researchers to join the debate on genetically modified (GM) foods — and not leave the issues to politicians....
16 August 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya GM Maize Imports Are Now Legal
KENYA - Kenyans can now legally import genetically modified maize after the guidelines were gazetted on Friday....
02 August 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Experts Allay GMO Fears
KENYA - Scientific experts say there is no cause for alarm on the consumption of Genetic Modified Organisms-GMOs since they are fit for human consumption. ...
27 July 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Pushes Ahead with GM Cotton
KENYA - Kenya will have its first commercial genetically modified cotton crop in 2014 when seeds are released to farmers. ...
18 July 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Approves Import of GM Maize for Food Use
KENYA - Kenya's Cabinet has approved the importation of genetically modified maize as it seeks to curb a biting food shortage ravaging most parts of the country. ...
12 July 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Budget Cushions Agricultural Sector Amidst Inflation
KENYA - As Nairobi's inflation rate hits a staggering 14.5 per cent - compared to 4.5 per cent in December 2010 - Kenyans are struggling to afford basic commodities like maize, amid a shortage...
11 July 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Kenya Approves Production and Import of GMOs
KENYA - Kenya becomes the fourth country in Africa to approve laws allowing the production and importation of genetically modified foods. ...
28 June 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Maize Imports Not Answer to Short Supply
KENYA - The duty has been waived on imported maize for six months, so now it's important for the government publish the rules under which millers and others licensed to bring in the grain would...
23 May 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya New Sorghum Variety Gives Farmers Hope
KENYA - With the introduction of a new sorghum variety that is drought resistant and contains special carbohydrates ideal for brewers, farmers in Kenya have a chance to maximise their earnings....
12 May 2011
Crop Industry News from Kenya Maize Farmers Grapple with Erratic Rainfall
KENYA - Shortage would greatly affect production, says Agriculture ministry official. Erratic rains this month have put farmers at a crossroads over whether or not to weed and top-dress their...
 
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