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English, Finance, 1 seasons, 29 episodes, 12 hours 40 minutes
This is a weekly podcast on both animal and crop production with in-depth conversation on issues affecting both farmers and players in the agricultural value chain.
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Lift of the ban on GMOs | Agritalk Podcast

Following the ban on GMOs by the Government there has been mixed reactions across the country. This has led to different opinions from stakeholders, experts and farmers in the agricultural value chain.​ On today's podcast to discuss this we have Dr. Francis Nangayo, Senior Manager and Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at AATF Compact together with Adams Amenya who is the Commercial Director at Sistema Bio Kenya.
07/11/202216 minutes 20 seconds
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Lift of the ban on GMOs | Agritalk Podcast

Following the ban on GMOs by the Government there has been mixed reactions across the country. This has led to different opinions from stakeholders, experts and farmers in the agricultural value chain.​ On today's podcast to discuss this we have Dr. Francis Nangayo, Senior Manager and Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at AATF Compact together with Adams Amenya who is the Commercial Director at Sistema Bio Kenya.
01/11/202234 minutes 6 seconds
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Food production magic in W. Pokot | Farming Podcast

David Tanui an agronomist working with the Kerio Valley Development Authority, KVDA has been spearheading crop production at the Wei Wei Irrigation Sheme in West Pokot County. The irrigation scheme has been very beneficial to the residents who were known before as pastrolists, falling short of food after long periods of drought. Some of the crops grown in the area are green grams, sorghum, maize for seed production, mangoes among Taynuilt fruits. On an interview with Faith Kutere, Tanui discloses that despite Wei Wei and its environs being an ASAL region, the available water when used appropriately in farming, will boost food production and ensure the residents have enough food throughout the year.
26/09/202215 minutes 35 seconds
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Rabies-like disease in sheep & goats | Farming Podcast

Coenurosis is a disease of the central nervous system in sheep, caused by Coenurus cerebralis, the larval stage of Taenia multiceps, a tapeworm, which infests the small intestine of carnivores.
15/09/202228 minutes 15 seconds
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Climate Conversations | Episode 1

What is Climate Change? To answer this question listen to this episode as Hellen Miseda The Smart Harvest Sub-Editor and Marion Munyao, Farm Kenya's Producer discuss in detail.
01/09/202224 minutes 10 seconds
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Agritalk Podcast: Agri-MEs contribution to Africa’s economy

While Kenya’s small and medium enterprises continue to create numerous jobs and boost the country’s GDP, Agri- SMEs are also part of the major contributors in SME growth in Africa. On Agritalk Podcast, Kelvin Nyakundi speaks to Valentine Miheso who is an agribusiness expert from AGRA about the role of Agri-SMEs in growing Africa’s economy and how to support the business environment.
22/04/202223 minutes 57 seconds
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Agritalk Podcast: Organic vegetable farming in a greenhouse

Karren Misoy is a young organic farmer in Uasin Gishu County planting yellow and red capsicums and tomatoes in her small piece of land. Misoy opted for organic farming as a way of maintaining healthy eating habits and reducing the cost of production. She does farming in a green house to ensure that she controls the environment in which the plants grow and increase production as compared to open field farming. Faith Kutere engages her on organic farming and managing a green house on todays AgriTalk Episode.
01/04/202217 minutes 50 seconds
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Agritalk Podcast: Coffee farming changed my life, retired teacher

After retiring as a teacher, Joseph Barsulai decided to venture into coffee farming, something that he has never regretted doing. He started harvesting coffee in 2017 and now owns almost 900 coffee trees as he strives to plant more in his piece of land at Turesia, Elgeyo Marakwet County. Barsulai claims that coffee farming has greatly changed his life and thus has been encouraging farmers in his area to join Turesia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society and venture into coffee farming to earn better income as compared to other farming ventures. Faith Kutere interviews him on todays AgriTalk show episode.
26/01/202217 minutes 4 seconds
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Farmers Podcast: Animal feeds; managing high costs

Japheth Kimtai has been rearing chicken for the past 3 years and keeping dairy cows for ten years now. Before, the cost of dairy meal and chicken feed were low, he would benefit hugely on the venture until recently when the cost has been going up gradually. In his farm at Kipkenyo in Uasin Gishu County, Kimtai has found an alternative to manage the high cost of animal feed by producing his own for dairy cows and rearing chicken on a free range. Faith Kutere talks to Kimtai in today's episode.
23/12/202114 minutes 19 seconds
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Agritalk Podcast; Silk Farming (Sericure)

On this episode, we discuss sericulture, or silk farming. 51 Capital Company has been sensitizing farmers in Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia counties, Western and parts of Central Kenya to embrace silkworm and mulberry farming as another way of diversification. The company has also been supplying mulberry trees for planting as they prepare to rear the common commercial silkworms species, which mainly feed on mulberry leaves only. Faith Kutere interviews Jared Lagat on how silkworms are reared to produce silk.
18/11/202112 minutes 36 seconds
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Climate Conversations Podcast; Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture - Episode 2

This podcast is a voice for farmers to know about Climate Smart Agriculture, and benefits of doing CSA. We shall talk to Njoki Thuo, an Agronomist and Team Lead at FarmKenya Initiative from Standard Group PLC. Climate Smart Agriculture entails having background information to navigate through it. The host is Hellen Miseda, guesting Njoki Thuo, produced by Marion Munyao. You can get more informative content on YouTube @farmkenya, Facebook @farmkenya, Twitter @farmkenya254 and website
13/09/202116 minutes 58 seconds
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Agritalk Podcast: Animal Feed Crisis

Kenyan farmers and animal feed manufacturers are struggling to keep their businesses running in what they term as high cost of feed and raw materials, with a number of chicken farmers in Kiambu County having closed down with small feed manufacturers facing the same dilemma. Join Philip Keitany and Martin Kinoti, the Secretary General of the association of the Kenya Feed Manufactures as they discuss the unfolding feed crisis in Kenya.
09/09/202129 minutes 14 seconds
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Climate Conversations Podcast: Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture - Episode 1

This podcast is a guide and a manual to every farmer to be aware of the changing climatic patterns – aiding to know what to plant and when. The world is estimated to have an increase of 70% of more mouths to feed by 2050. Will the world hit the target by 2050? We shall talk to Monicah Njoki, an Agronomist and Team Lead at FarmKenya Initiative from Standard Group PLC. Knowing the impact of climate change is half way through succeeding in planting the right crop at the right season. By so doing, farmers will be practicing Climate Smart Agriculture. The host is Hellen Miseda, guesting Monicah Njoki, produced by Marion Munyao. You can get more informative content on Youtube @farmkenya, Facebook @farmkenya, Twitter @farmkenya254 and website
07/09/20218 minutes 22 seconds
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Feeding Africa Podcast: Model practices in transboundary disease control & eradication

This podcast is important to every farmer who has had challenges dealing with animal diseases in their stock. In this episode we shall talk to Dr. Henry Wamwayi who is a Micro-biologist and veterinarian with the AU-IBAR. We shall focus on a livestock disease of economic importance, PPR - Peste des Petits Ruminants also known as sheep and goat plague. PPR infected and at risk countries are home to approximately 1.7 billion heads – around 80 percent – of the global population of sheep and goats. It is estimated that this disease causes annual economic losses of up to USD 2.1 billion. Looking beyond this figure, 300 million families are at risk of losing their livelihoods, food security, and employment opportunities. Hopefully at the end of this episode you our audience will have a better understanding of the disease, how to identify and control it in your flock once it is affected. Njoki Thuo and Wayne Wafula are the hosts.
25/08/202133 minutes 11 seconds
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Veteran athlete, also an MCA running a successful coffee farm

Leah Malot, a veteran athlete and now a Nominated Member of the County Assembly of Uasin Gishu has been encouraging farmers to venture into coffee farming to boost their income. As a result, she decided to embrace coffee farming in 3 acres of her Kaptagat farm to set an example to the farmers. She started coffee farming in 2019 and is about to start harvesting her crop. In today's Agritalk show, she talks to Faith Kutere on the steps of coffee farming and the input needed to produce the best coffee quality.
11/08/202114 minutes 40 seconds
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FEEDING AFRICA PODCAST: Youth as Change Agents in Livestock Development

In this episode we talk about youth in agriculture with a focus on the livestock sub-sector. It is estimated that 1.8 billion of the world’s population are people between the ages 10-24, the largest young population ever. With this number growing steadily, there is need to engage the youth in different agricultural activities. Agriculture has enormous potential for eradicating poverty, it takes youthful energy and passionate team players to make this a reality. This will not only secure the continents food supply and quality but has great potential to increase the contribution of Agriculture to the GDP of most African states economy and the rest of the world. Our guest today is Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, a young person with an impressive career portfolio. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Stewardship Agribusiness Incubation Center (SAIC) and President of African Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubators’ Network (AYL-FAIN), a continental network set up
05/07/202129 minutes
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Disasters & climate change; it's real & happening right now

Climate change and disasters such as wild fires, floods and rising lakes have been on the rise in the recent past. On today's podcast, Phillip Keitany hosts Prof. Shem Wandiga to discuss the cause and impact of climate change and disasters.
05/07/202129 minutes 54 seconds
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Feeding Africa: Strengthening the Fisheries Governance in Africa

Fisheries play significant social and nutritional roles in Africa. The sector contributes to food and nutrition security, and provides jobs, in particular for coastal populations, which are often among the poorest and most vulnerable. On average globally, fish and fish products account for 18% of animal protein intake. Due to the growing population and per capita income, demand for fish is expected to increase by 30% by 2030. If the current trend continues without management, the poorest countries will suffer the most. To change this narrative there’s need for efforts towards sustainable use of the marine resources, governance of the sector and deep engagement with coastal communities to bring about transformative interventions that will give new hope to coastal communities. Our guest in this episode is Ms. Malebo Hellen Moepi, an expert in the Aquaculture field, from her experience we shall learn about the status of fisheries in the African continent and address issues related to gove
04/07/202152 minutes 54 seconds
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FEEDING AFRICA PODCAST: Monitoring & Evaluation Systems in Continental Strategy Development & implementation

This podcast focuses on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as critical functions in building a strong, global evidence in any organization’s efforts to achieve set objectives. It is the tool that enables different organizations measure the success of their measures and approaches. At the programme level, the purpose of monitoring and evaluation is to track implementation and outputs systematically, and measure the effectiveness of programmes. It helps determine exactly when a programme is on track and when changes may be needed. It forms the basis for modification of interventions and assessing the quality of activities being conducted. Our guests who are Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists expound on AU-IBAR monitoring and Evaluation activities as a key component in the success of their various strategies in the animal resources sector.
02/07/202141 minutes 25 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Coffee farming & trading; the love for coffee & quotes

Over the years the mismanagement of Kenya's coffee sector saw a number of farmers abandon the crop, a move that saw Kenya's coffee production dropping from 130,000 metric tons to the current 40,000 metric tons. But now a new generation of young players in the sector are trying to improve the fortunes of small scale farmers, by introducing them to contract farming and specialty markets. Join Philip Keitany and Sammy Wachieni to learn more about this efforts.
29/06/202135 minutes 36 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: VERMICULTURE; the use of red worms to produce compost (vermicompost)

Worms are good for the garden soil for many reasons. Unparalleled as soil excavators, earthworms spend their lives ingesting, grinding, digesting and excreting soil–as much as 15 tons per acre goes through earthworms bodies in a year. These “worm castings” are richer in nutrients and bacteria than the surrounding soil. Their underground burrows also create channels in the soils, which makes the soil more porous, allowing water to move to greater depths in the soil column. Worm burrows also allows for drainage after heavy rains reducing erosion. Join Philip Keitany and Peter Kanyagia to understand more about Vermiculture.
24/06/202129 minutes 11 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Public health & food safety; preventing foodborne illnesses

Food safety in the food market is one of the key areas of focus in public health, because it affects people of every age, race, gender, and income levels around the world. The local and international food marketing continues to have significant impacts on food safety and health of the public. Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders which increase the internationalization of health risks. Here is a discussion between Phillip Keitany and Prof. Peter Gathura, a Senior Lecturer at the department of Health Science at the University of Nairobi.
24/06/202128 minutes 54 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Maintaining large scale maize production; hybrid seeds

Dr. Alice Chesire has been producing maize seeds in her Makongi Farm in Uasin Gishu County for 38 years. Her husband, the late former Eldoret North MP, Rueben Chesire had already started producing maize seeds when she got married. 11 years ago, her husband died and Alice was left alone to manage the big farm with a number of employees. Dr. Alice Chesire says whilst maize seed production involves a lot of labour and a high cost of production, with adequate rain, quality seeds and farm preparation, seed production can be very profitable. Here is an interview by Faith Kutere.
22/06/202124 minutes 58 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST; Biogas; invest in a biogas digester…cut energy cost

The cost of energy has been on the rise with those in rural areas being the most affected as the cost production as well as the cost of living being on the rise. However, if we can invest in technologies like the biogas we can bring down our energy cost to almost zero. Join Philip Keitany and Dr. Jacinta Mwirigi, a biogas expert discussing all you need to know about biogas production.
03/06/202127 minutes 4 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Avocado Farming; Good global prices & high demand - Kenyans taking part in avocado value chain

Avocado farming is a long-term project, with initial high costs at planting, followed by a 3-5 year wait for the trees to come into production. To reap healthy rewards, it is essential to do a full risk assessment before you start and maintain a healthy plantation that gives top yields for many years.
03/06/202139 minutes 46 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Food Safety; if food isn't safe, that's not food

Food safety issues have been on the rise. The World Food Safety Day is celebrated the 7th day of June every year to discuss this and many other issues about food. Join Philip Keitany and Dr. Joyce Thaiya as they discuss why food safety is important
03/06/202133 minutes 2 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Aquaculture; scarcity of fish, an opportunity to invest

The fisheries sector plays an important role in the country's economic and social development, and includes the aquaculture and the capture fisheries. Besides generating foreign revenue, aquaculture provides a source of subsistence and livelihood to the rural poor. That’s why we are encouraging young people to take up fish farming as a business, and on this podcast we are tell you how to go about it.
28/05/202130 minutes 16 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST; Pollinators. You owe your existence on earth to the humble bee

For every plate of food or fruits that lands on your table is often made possible by the tireless effort of the humble bee. Bees play a critical role in the production of food in our farms as agents of pollination. That is why the United Nation has singled out the honey bee one of the most important insects on earth. Here is a conversation between Phillip Keitany and Dr. Eliud Muli, A Senior Lecturer at SEKU University, department of Life Science, School of Pure and Applied Sciences.
21/05/202124 minutes 53 seconds
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AGRITALK PODCAST: Parasites Control Tips in Livestock Farming

Parasites can pose a serious threat to your livestock business. They range from fleas to ticks, mites, worms, flukes among others. Apart from sucking blood from your animals they can also spread terrible diseases. Knowing how to control them goes a long way in safeguarding your farm from loss. Join Phillip Keitany and Dr. David Obiero from Maasai Mara University as they discuss this in depth.
19/05/202126 minutes 53 seconds