Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has already given the green light for open field trials of the of Genetically Modified Bt Maize. The decision is likely to have far reaching consequences on consumers and the future of small-scale farmers in the country. No other debate has polarised agricultural stakeholders in the country the way the GMO debate has, and with good reason. For one, the stakes are very high from whatever side one sits on this debate.Read More
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” This statement from former US president Franklin Roosevelt, made in 1937 is very relevant to what is happening in Kenya at the moment. We have been busy destroying our soils in the last three decades and we are now reaping the results.
On February 26, 2015, Agricultural PS Felix Koskei launched the draftRead More
That the bio-physical environment in Western Kenya is wired for commercial agriculture is not in doubt. The climate is truly tropical with warm and wet conditions distributed uniformly in time and space. Farming is the main economic activity on the local landscape and the communities here have subsisted on farming for centuries.
Prices of agricultural produce continue to be very low affecting the income of small-scale farmers across Africa. One main reason for the low prices is that farmers sell their produce in raw form. If only farmers managed to add value to their produce, they could earn very good prices, up to four times what they currently earn when they sell their produce unprocessed.
The attitude that farmers cannot be able to add value to what they produce since they lack the necessary technologyRead More
Organic farming is now a catch phrase in agricultural circles across the country and the world; yet many farmers do not know what it entails. I will try to explain in the simplest terms possible, what organic farming is all about.
In the past, our forefather practiced a form of agriculture that worked in harmony with nature. They did not cut down trees indiscriminately as we do today and they did not clear the land forRead More