University of Nairobi Tree Planting Day: Friday, 20th April 2012, at Vet Farm – CAVS, Upper Kabete-10.00am

This Year’s University of Nairobi Tree Planting Day ceremony will take place on Friday, 20th April 2012 from 10.00 a.m. up to 12.00 noon at the Veterinary Farm (Kanyariri), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. Every year the University conducts a tree planting exercise as part of its efforts to conserve the environment to mitigate against adverse effects of climate change. This year’s event is dedicated to the late Prof Wangari Maathai, the Founding Distinguished Chair of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies and 15000 seedlings will be planted.

Veterinary Education And Training:Remaining Relevant In Changing Demands For Veterinary Service Delivery

Veterinary training at Kabete started in 1942, leading to diploma in animal health. The graduates worked strictly as veterinary scouts under white veterinary surgeons. However demand for training increased and in July 1962 a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree programme was started under the University of East Africa. In 1972 the degree was changed to Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and it remained as the only bachelor degree program until 1999 when Bachelor degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology was launched and later in 2001 Bachelor in Wildlife Management was introduced.

Factors influencing access to Agricultural information by smallholder farmers through Ict channels in Deiya Location Kiambu County

This study was carried out to assess the influencing factors in accessing agricultural information through selected ICT channels. Systematic sampling technique was used to interview 217 sample population from Ndiuni sub location, Ndeiya Location. Structured pre-tested questionnaires were administered in a face-to-face interview. Data was collected and analysed in line with the study objectives by presentation using percentages and frequencies in tables, bar charts, graphs and pie charts. Chi-square test was employed to test for the hypothesis.

A framework for adoption of e-agricultural information services by enterpreneural youths in Kiambu, a case of Kikuyu sub-county

Youth unemployment is a major challenge to many developing Nations like Kenya, yet the youths have little interest in agriculture, and there is little or no effort to entice them towards agriculture using technological innovations. The need to reverse the youth’s mind set and harness their passions and energy by re-directing it towards agricultural production is what necessitated this study. The main objective of the study was to formulate a framework for adoption of e-Agricultural Information Services (eAIS) by the youths out of school, who are aged 15 to 34 years.

Investigation of the involvement of the domestic cat in the cyclic transmission of caprine besnoitia

This study covers various aspects of coccidia of the domestic cat under natural and experimental conditions and the eat's involvement in the cyclic transmission of caprine Besnoitia. In a preliminary study on natural coccidian infection in cats around Kabete, fifty faecal samples examined revealed oocysts of four of the five known genera, Isospora, Sarcocystis, Toxoplasma and Besnoitia. Mixed and monospecific infections were observed in 46% and 38% of the samples respectively, while 16% had no infection.

Impact of Small Scale Horticultural Farming on Rural Poverty in Kenya

Various studies on horticultural farming have acknowledged that the horticulture subsector provides a great opportunity to escape from poverty through agricultural commercialization. It is expected that horticultural farming will alleviate poverty especially among rural small scale farmers through increased income and generation of employment. This is because small scale farmers dominate the domestic market and a small portion of the export market of horticultural produce.

Worm control practices on sheep farms in Nyandarua District of Kenya

A questionnaire investigation was used to examine anthelmintic usage and practical worm control for sheep on 50 farms selected randomly in Nyandarua District of Central Kenya. Control of helminths was based primarily on the use of anthelmintics on all 50 farms. On the majority (54%) of these properties, lambs were drenched two times per year. Ewes and rams were drenched three or four times per year on 74% of the farms. Most treatments were given at intervals of approximately 3 months with no specific drenching programmes.

Productivity Growth of Smallholder Sugarcane Farms in Kenya: A DEA Decomposition

A study on Kenyan agriculture by Njue (1993) showed that while production and input use have grown, productivity has stagnated. This includes the sugar sub-sector, which holds a key position in the Kenyan Agricultural sector. Statistics from the Kenya sugar Board (KSB) (2003), show declining cane yields from 1997 to 2000. It's against this background that we carried out this study in three sugar schemes in Kenya. The objective was to determine the total factor productivities among smallholder sugarcane farms between two plant-crop periods.

The Socio-economic and Ecological Impacts of Small-scale Irrigation Schemes on Pastoralists and Drylands in Northern Kenya

Northern Kenya, as in other sub-Saharan arid and semi-arid regions, has faced challenges related to the prevailing socio-economy, ecology and polity in the last quarter of last century. In some of these areas, pastoralists have been settled on the peri-urban fringes of towns and have been exposed to flood-retreat cultivation; a culture that has been traditionally practised by the riverine Bantu communities. From the late 1960s these pastoralists started irrigation agriculture with assistance from the government and nongovernmental organisations.

Linear programming: an identification of the strategy for peasant application to the best existing farming farmers in Kenya

It is likely that raising the levels of income in the rural sector depends upon, and in part consists of, the identification and utilization of the best farming strategy by farmers, most of whom are peasants. The decision about what to produce and how to produce it, is obviously crucial. The question posed by this study is the extent to which the expected total gross margin (net returns) of peasants can be increased by adopting a farming strategy that is commercially best for them.

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