Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wholesale Commodity prices for 31st May 2012

Wholesale Commodity prices for 30th May 2012

Kenya: NCPB imports more fertiliser

30 May 2012

Additional subsidised fertiliser has been imported to ease the acute shortage of the input among small-scale farmers.

The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has brought in 400,000 bags of Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) for top dressing and 600,000 bags of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) for late planting.

“The imported fertiliser is in addition to the 210,000 bags of CAN the board imported early this year,” NCPB communications manager Evans Wasike said on Tuesday.

This was inadequate, hence the acute shortage experienced when farmers were planting their maize crop.

Sparking protests

The shortage of the subsidised input, which is distributed by the NCPB, sparked protests from growers.

A bag of DAP costs Sh2,800 while CAN costs Sh1,600 in most parts of the North Rift region, which most farmers say they cannot afford.

Mr Wasike also said some management changes had been made at the NCPB. Former Agriculture permanent secretary Wilfred Mwangi has replaced Mr Jimnah Mbaru as board chairman.

Prof Mwangi, who was a member of the team appointed to implement reforms in the economy, took over last week after Mr Mbaru’s term expired.

“The introduction of the warehouse receipt system and trading on the commodity exchange are some of the reforms that have transformed the board,” said Mr Wasike.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture ministry has warned of an acute food crisis in arid and semi-arid parts of Rift Valley.

Most parts of Laikipia, Turkana, Pokot, Baringo, Kajiado and Samburu face food shortages due to erratic weather.

“Although food security improved slightly recently, there is a risk of drifting back to food insecurity this season due to sporadic rainfall,” says a report by the ministry.

The report says parts of Central and Western Rift are on the brink of food insecurity as a result of a combination of drought and floods.

Unlike last year when the long rains came early in most parts of Rift Valley, the region experienced a dry spell during the planting period.

The region did not receive rains between the second and third week of March as predicted by the weatherman.

Floods occasioned by heavy rains in parts of the country have added to the farmers’ misery after hundreds of hectares of crops were either swept away or submerged.

Source: Daily Nation:

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Wholesale Commodity prices for 29th May 2012

Passion Fruit Farming in Kenya:

Passion Fruits is changing the lives of a small village in Nandi Kenya. Thanks to SNV – Netherlands Development Organization and partners, local farmers have teamed up to form an association where they grow and export the produce to Uganda.

Mbeere North Farmers Earn from Peas and Mangoes:

Small scale mango farming in Mbeere north remains the largest employment opportunity in the region and is central to the empowerment of youth and women who form the bulk of the workforce.
Farmers from highland regions who own fertile and productive lands will now have to borrow a leaf from farmers in semi-arid regions who have learnt various ways of productive farming in the arid areas.

Mango Farming as a Business:

This a farmer who started mango farming from picking of seeds from the market, he was later trained by IFAD, a wing of the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture on how he could improve on the quality and the quantity of his production.

Sustainable Agricultural Project for MKFG, Kenya:

Here is some footage from Aug 2011 at Kithito farm in Syengoni (outside Makindu) here is where VoDA got it’s inspiration for developing a sustainable agriculture project for the Makindu Friends Women’s group. There is some captions since it’s hard to hear sometimes with the wind.

Average commodity prices for Week ending 25th May 2012

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