Farmers urged to innovative to meet international market demand

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have been urged to increase value for their crops to enable competitiveness in the international market. Speaking During a meet the farmers’ forum held in Nairobi, the head of Dubai Chamber of Commerce Kenyan office, Michael Gathu noted that local farmers need to create an identity for locally produced agricultural goods. READ ALSO: Increased Security investment Soaring Kenyas’ Tourism “We are working to bridge the Gap and make trade easier between Middle East and Africa by identifying the needs of the international market and coming up…

Fanisi Capital to invest Ksh 400 M in Kitengela International School

Fanisi Capital has entered into an agreement to invest up to Sh400 million in Kitengela International School (KISC). Under the agreement, Fanisi Capital will initially invest Kshs 205 million in infrastructural development in the school. The investment is the first from the Fanisi Capital Fund II LLC, a growth focused private equity fund with a target to raise Ksh 5 billion. The firm plans to continue making investments in high growth consumer sectors including healthcare, education, consumer goods and agribusiness. The deal is subject to approval by the Competition Authority.…

Reprieve for the elderly with launch of homes with assisted living facilities

By Jacktone Lawi Superior Homes have announced the launch of a new home concept specifically targeted at the elderly. Dubbed Fadhili Care the living complex will be home to 41 self-contained houses and a club house with nurses to cater for any emergencies that may arise due to old age The construction of the Homes broke ground on February 2018 and is expected to be completed by first quarter of 2019 “The development when complete will comprise, 41 self-contained individual homes thoughtfully designed to accommodate senior citizens with limited mobility,…

Kipng’eno to defend Ndakaini Half Marathon title

The 15th Edition of the annual Ndakaini Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, 6th October in Murang’a County. According to the organisers the date is shift from the traditional September month. This years edition will for the first time conduct online registration with the same expected to close on 30th September 2018. Ndakaini Environmental Conservation Association (NDEKA) Chairman Professor Joseph Kimura noted that elite athletes will use the race to prepare for international competitions “We are excited by the immense interest the elite athletes have shown in the Ndakaini…

Greenpeace calls on president to include Food Safety in Big Four Agenda

By Jacktone Lawi International environmental watchdog and lobby group has called on the government to put in place a standardization system for food supplies in a bid to save consumers from harmful foodstuffs. Greenpeace is urging the government to put in place robust policies and regulatory provisions that traces the food supplies through the value chain. According to Claire Nasike Greenpeace Africa’s food for life Campaigner, this will help in ensuring that standards are adhered to and food safety guaranteed.” The past few months have seen increased cases of substandard…

Workers to go on strike over 16 percent VAT, COTU

By Jacktone Lawi The Central Organisation of Trade Unions Kenya (COTU) has warned the government of an impending strike should the 16 percent VAT on petroleum products be implemented. The workers Union criticised plans by the Government to introduce the tax on petroleum products that is set to begin in September saying they will call for a workers strike over the same. COTU deputy Secretary General Benson Okwaro noted that any such attempt will increase the cost of living and strain workers. “The Central Organization of Trade Unions is strongly…

OKash introduces facial security protection system to edge out Scammers

By Barbra Onkoba OKash, the microlending app developed by Opay has introduced a facial recognition security system to protect the identity of any OKash borrower from potential third-party fraud. Kenyan mobile financial technology providers face multiple challenges by scammers who use personal information such as a phone or ID number to get a loan using someone else identity. On 16 May 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill, 2018. The Act contains some new provisions relating to the blockchain, mobile money, and offenses related to…

How YouTube is helping reclaim the lost art of apprenticeship

We live in a fast-paced century. Half the time at work is spent keeping up with and adapting to new technologies and the demands of an increasingly digital economy. A consequence of this hurriedness is that we have less time for reflection and growth of skills relevant to one’s job requirements. This sense of urgency is also reflected in hiring processes, where most companies would rather hire a person who already has the relevant skill set rather than train one from the ground up. The inevitable result of this is…

KCB announce plans to venture into mobile banking, close branches

KCB Group has announced plans to venture more into mobile and agent banking in the coming future following a reduction in the revenue generated by branches. According to The Groups Chief Executive, Joshua Oigara the group recorded improved performance from mobile and agent banking and will be looking to expand more into personal banking. “Branches continue to contribute less and less of our business, we will invest more in mobile and ensure ATMs remain stable. We will no longer need to have branches when we have these agents since they…

Tourism in Nakuru projected to rise with completion of ksh800m luxury homes

Nakuru County is set to receive a boost in tourism facilities following the completion of KSh800 Constructed by Superior Homes Kenya the luxury homes sit on a 12-acre plot along Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, the facility boasts of breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic views of Lake Elementaita, consisting of 33 standard Villas, 13 Villa Suites and 4 Executive Villas, conference facility with access to recreation facilities such as a bar and restaurant, gym, spa and an infinity swimming pool. “With the tourism sector projected to grow in double digits in 2018, Lake Elementaita Mountain…