James Karuga is an award winning journalist based in Nairobi Kenya. He is passionate covering issues on green energy, agriculture, climate change, entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in Eastern Africa. Reuters, Spore Magazine, Business Daily Africa, Mindsky, NextBillion, How We Made it in Africa, UNIDO’s Making It Magazine, are some publications he has written for. Karuga also does video coverage of East Africa youth in agriculture for Agribusiness TV. He holds a degree in Computing Information Systems from London Metropolitan University.
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In Kenya, a solution to counter the menace of fruit flies rampant among small holder farmers is now available. Dubbed the Fruit Fly Mania, this protein bait is made from brewer’s yeast was developed through the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology research, and is being commercially produced for farmers, by Kenya Biologics.
In Kenya’s semi arid regions grappling with climate change, rural communities are turning their attention to growing the drought tolerant melia volkensii (mukau) tree. This fast maturing hardwood tree dubbed the mahogany of the dry lands, has many uses, and its timber is lucrative and in demand. A hectare of mature melia volkensii trees, can earn a farmer over Kshs3 million (USD $30,000) and harvesting can begin at 10 years in ideal weather conditions.