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By Kizito Makoye
MAKUTUPORA, Tanzania (AlertNet) – Balisidya Jacob has been farming for many years, but it’s the novelty and size of his new crop of maize that is making him smile.
The 56-year-old, who is sole breadwinner for an extended family of 17 children, is happy at the prospect of being able... more
By Jacob Ng'etich
23 February 2012: Genetically modified maize varieties will be available in Kenyan shops in the next two years.
Scientists were conducting field trials on the drought-resistant maize seeds before they could be released to the local market, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute... more
With drought frequency and severity increasing across the region, scientists warn that maize yields could drop dramatically. Yet preliminary evidence reveals that WEMA varieties could provide yields 24-35 per cent higher under moderate drought, compared to varieties available to farmers today."For... more
By Ben Omondi
NAIROBI---Three East African Community (EAC) member states – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – are among five sub-Saharan Africa countries set to benefit from a five-year $ 49 million project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop maize varieties that can grow using... more
By Lominda Afedraru, 21 September 2011
Inflation is not only affecting at consumers but farmers as well. Farmers in Kasese district, growing various food items at Mubuku irrigation scheme and elsewhere, have been forced to increase prices of their produce by Shs200 from an already agreed price as a... more
By JAMES MPINGA recently in Dodoma, 29th September 2011 @ 16:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 637
AT a remote research centre in Dodoma, villagers recently brought down huge cobs of corn right in the middle of September, the most unlikely place and time for any crop harvests let alone maize.
The story... more
By Jacob D.H. Mignouna
For many smallholder farmers in Africa, maize is life. Since its introduction onto the continent several centuries ago, maize has become a staple crop in many parts of Africa.
Today, more than 300 million Africans depend on it as their main food source providing carbohydrates... more
By JAMES MPINGA
On July 1, the government of Kenya announced plans to open its borders to genetically modified (GM) crops for the time. Having thus cleared her decks, Kenya is now rooting for cotton that uses the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis to fight pests (hence the name Bt Cotton).
The... more
Studies on maize and cassava cultivation projects are set to make progress, thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledge to continue supporting them.
The support for the two projects as well as other scientific researches under the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), were... more
Global warming has already reduced the global yields of key crops, say scientists.
Maize and wheat production have been 3.8 and 5.5 per cent lower, respectively, than they would have been without the temperature rises associated with climate change since the 1980s, according to the statistical... more

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