Maize and wheat farmers in the Rift Valley have appealed to the newly-appointed Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett to intervene and improve the prices of their produce. The farmers, under Ng’ombe and Mahindi, a lobby group that advocates for the plight of small-scale cereal farmers in the region, said the CS is capable of solving the maize prices’ crisis as he understands farming better. Led by their chairman Philip Barno, they said most farmers were demoralised over failure by the Government to increase maize prices from the current Sh2,300 per 90kg to Sh3,000. Speaking during a farmers...
The Government has promised that the Galana Kulalu Food Security Project in Kilifi and Tana River counties will not be abandoned. The newly appointed irrigation PS said this during a familiarisation tour of the 10,000-acre model farm in Malindi sub-county, where he observed that the project had already identified six high yielding maize varieties best suited for the region. "This project will go on despite the challenges it is facing in its infancy," the PS said. The Galana Kulalu Food Security Project is the largest irrigation project in the country.
Farmers have threatened to abandon wheat growing, accusing the national government of favouring importers.Cereal Growers Association National Chairman Farnie Kruger said the Kenyan market had been flooded with imported wheat, which he added, compromised quality. "Drastic measures should be taken as the wheat and maize sector is the backbone of this country's economy. We need to preserve the future of these crops for the sake of the country and farmers," the association's chairman said.
It does not matter if you call it posho, sadza, nshima, or simply ugali.
It will not matter whether you are in a café in downtown Harare or Capital Centre in Uptown Lilongwe. The language at mealtime across the Eastern and Southern Africa region is virtually the same. The consistency of the meal may vary from a thick porridge if you are eating at Garwe Restaurant in Harare to a hard mix if you are enjoying your fish and ugali at Ranalo on Kimathi Street in Nairobi.What does not change is that maize and its variations form the meal of choice in this part of the world. Politics of this crop