The Masai Mara ecosystem, in south-western Kenya, is home to an important elephant population of about 2,500 individuals. Elephants need large amounts of space to roam in search of food and water. Because of this, they often move outside the boundaries of protected areas – such as the Masai Mara National Reserve and wildlife conservancies – into areas where people live.
Grub worms have invaded Kirinyaga and Embu counties and they are wreaking havoc on Muguka farms. Farmers from the two counties are worried that the worms will wipe out thousands of acres of their crop if urgent measures are not taken. In Kirinyaga, they have infested Mugambaciura, Kanjinji, Murinduko and Ngucui where muguka is grown in large scale.
The Horn of Africa has been experiencing its worst locust crisis in more than 25 years. In Kenya, the swarms of insects are the worst they've been in 70 years. But things might be looking up. The current locust upsurge began in 2018 when tropical cyclones Luban and Mekunu drenched the Arabian Peninsula, creating the perfect conditions for the hatching of desert locusts.
Allianz experts estimate that the value of the agriculture insurance segment to stand at $10 million but say it holds the potential to grow to $30 million. They aim at partnering with aggregators such as banks, cooperatives, agro-dealers, and commodity Associations to deploy the solution, said Lovemore Forichi, Senior Underwriter of Agriculture at Allianz Re.
New research published today by scientists at CABI and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) confirms that the apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) has been discovered in Kenya for the first time. Widely considered to be one of the most invasive invertebrates of waterways and irrigation systems, the apple snail threatens Kenya's rice production and raises the questions: How much damage will it cause in Kenya, and will it spread further?
Kenya’s agriculture ministry has opened bids for crop insurance providers to cover more smallholder farmers from the risks and shocks of climate change, under a government program. Companies have until March 16 to submit bids for the subsidized crop insurance initiative that seeks to increase the amount of counties covered to 37 from 33, according to the statement. Sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest economy has 47 regional units.
Thousands of farmers in Meru county are counting huge losses as desert locusts are ravaging their farms daily. The locusts come at a time when most of the produce grown in eastern Kenya is ready to be harvested. These farmers are among hundreds of thousands from 14 other Kenyan counties who are affected by a second wave of the locust plague that is two times deadlier than the one that hit Kenya in 2020.
A new study led by the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has found that elephants living around the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, are crop-raiding closer to the protected area, more frequently and throughout the year but are causing less damage when doing so.
Pula, a Kenyan insurtech startup that specialises in digital and agricultural insurance to derisk millions of smallholder farmers across Africa, has closed a Series A investment of $6 million. The round was led by Pan-African early-stage venture capital firm, TLcom Capital, with participation from nonprofit Women’s World Banking.
According to the residents, the pachyderms were said to have sneaked out of Rimoi National Game Reserve on New Year’s Eve and have been camping in Cheptargok, Kapkoitum, Chemale, Chesawany, Koisser and Seron villages ravaging, eating and trampling on food crops like bananas, paw paws, oranges, cowpeas, cotton plantation, mangoes as well as destroying fences.
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