Shoprite ends Kenya expansion, plans retreat from the country

    Leaving the East African country after opening its first store there more than two years ago. By Nqobile Dludla, Reuters 8 Sep 2020  08:43 Image: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg Shoprite Holdings plans to sell or close its remaining two stores in Kenya by the end of December, leaving the East African country two years after entering it. The supermarket group has been reviewing its long-term options in Africa as currency devaluations, supply problems and weak consumer spending in Angola, Nigeria and Zambia have weighed on earnings. “Kenya has continued to underperform relative to…

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Kenyan farmers embrace mushroom cultivation amid rising demand

INTERNATIONAL – Issuing instructions to two young men working on his mushroom project inside a garage behind his house, John Kuru, a retired Kenyan army officer fills in a chart he has been using to monitor the progress. Kuru retreated back to his ancestral village in central Kenya two years ago where most people depend on farming for a living. He is also a farmer but is practicing it differently. Unlike his neighbors’ farms that are teeming with potato crop ready for harvest, his 12-acre farm lies fallow. “You must…

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Kenya to use blockchain to boost food security

  NAIROBI – Kenya plans to use block chain technology to boost food security, a senior government official said on Thursday. Joe Mucheru, cabinet secretary in the ministry of Information Communication and Technology (ICT), told journalists in Nairobi that technology such as artificial intelligence can be used to track agricultural produce from end-to-end from seeds to marketplace.  “We will also be introducing a citizen service to track the origin of food products and report unsafe food products,” Mucheru said when he received a report from the distributed ledgers technology and…

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Kenya launches program to help improve nut crops

  NAIROBI – Kenya’s researchers said Thursday they have launched a program aimed at improving the growing of nut crop, processing and marketing. Eliud Kireger, director general of Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), said the country’s nut industry is performing poorly because most of the nut crops that were introduced in the country have aged, and are now producing low quality nuts. “We have started research on macadamia, groundnuts, coconut and cashew nuts to improve their quality to boost trade locally and internationally,” Kireger told journalists in Nairobi. Kireger…

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