Agribusiness

Fresh Produce Consortium wants the government to improve ease of doing business

Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPCK) has urged the government to provide conducive business environment to help make the horticultural competitive. Speaking during the launch of their Strategic Plan at a Nairobi hotel, Chief Executive Officer Okisegere Ojepat said the sector has faced stringent and lengthy clearance processes, multiple taxations and levies, high energy costs, […]

Agribusiness Technology

Liquid Telecom to enable fish farmers monitor ponds through AquaRech App

Atleast 5,000 fish farmers from the western Kenya region are set to benefit from Liquid Telecom Kenya’s Internet of Things (IoT) network that will monitor and protect freshwater fish populations. The company will use sensors that monitor water temperature and pH values in ponds then sends information and feeding instructions to farmers through an Android […]

Agribusiness BUSINESS

Kenya’s horticulture industry thrives despite of challenges

Kenya’s horticulture industry has not been affected by acute shortage of soluble fertilizer and imposition of 16% VAT on pest control products as it has recorded a 33 per cent  increase over 2017 earnings. According to statistics released by the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), and Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPCK), […]

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Tea farmers cry foul as prices fall by 17 percent

By Malachi Motano The increased tea volumes and economic sanction imposed on Iran has seen saw prices reduce by 17 percent between July and December last year, leaving tea farmers starring at lower earnings. Data with Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) indicates that  average price of KTDA teas between July and December 2018 sharply dropped […]

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Kenya to issue farmers with e-fertilizer voucher to access subsidized fertilizer

By Malachi Motano The Government will  now issue farmers with an e-fertilizer voucher to enable them access the subsidized fertilizer in future. According to Agriculture Cabinet Administrative Secretary Andrew Tuimor, ther move is part of the government’s ambitious 10 year ambitious 400 billion shillings agriculture transformation strategy that is expected to eliminate traders from the […]

Agribusiness

Sugar farmers attack draft industry regulations as anti-constitutional and illegal

An advocacy group has laid out multiple legal breaches within Kenya’s draft sugar regulations. The sugar campaign for change SUCAM, has urged the Ministry of Agriculture’s Sugar Industry Task Force to observe Kenya’s constitution, trade agreements, and existing legal framework. In one of multiple legal breaches, SUCAM drew attention to the requirement in the existing […]