Sorghum becomes the new cash crop for Meru farmers

Sorghum becomes the new cash crop for Meru farmers Sorghum is the fifth most important grain after maize. It is considered as the continent’s food for the poor and is grown mostly by poor families for home consumption. Sorghum may, however, hold the answers to Kenya’s arid and semi arid areas low returns, malnutrition and food insecurity. Traditionally, sorghum has been used in the preparation of porridge, ugali, biscuits and sausages. Sorghum has great potential for income generation and diversification for farmers in arid and semi-arid areas which account for more than 70 per cent of Kenya’s land mass. The only human activity in these regions is nomadic pastoralism. Sorghum now a cash crop Farmers in Meru have started to enjoy the benefits of adding value to their sorghum crop which has the potential to change their livelihoods through increased income. With the help of home grown agri-business enterprises called Shalem Investments, a sorghum purchasing and processing company based in Meru; sorghum farmers in the three Counties: Meru, Tharaka-Nithi and […]

Making A Strong Case For Organic Farming

Dr David Amudavi, the Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), an organization based at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) that promotes Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) has been elected to the World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), also called IFOAM Organics International to represent Africa in the global body. He was elected by the General Assembly that took place in New Delhi, India, recently. IFOAM Organics International promotes adoption of organic agriculture in 129 countries. Dr Amudavi sat down with Peter Kamau and had a candid chat on Organic Agriculture & the role of IFOAM in propelling Organic farming. [show_avatar email=2 align=left user_link=last_post show_name=true show_email=true show_biography=true show_last_post=true]

Farming On The Slopes Of Kilimanjaro

Taita taveta is best known for hosting the world reknown Tsavo East and West National park.A traveler visiting the area for the first time is awed by the hills and mountains that seem to be a touching distance away.We are here to meet Bakari Mbise Mwololo a large scale  tomato and onion farmer.Bakari has been farming since 1991, initially he was farming in  a one and half acres piece of land in oloitoktok  but later moved to Taita taveta in 2009 where he has become a respected farmer. Currently he farms in 25hectares where he alternates between Tomatoes and onions. To help him run the farm he has employed a farm manager who helps in the day to day running of the farms. Numbers Don’t Lie Anyone who undertakes Tomato and onion Farming can attest to the fact that its capital and labour intensive. In 2016 Bakari managed to make a profit of 300,000 from his onion  plant and 700,000 from his tomato plant Climatic Conditons Climatic conditions Tomato grows […]