Oasis garden ensures vegetable supply

An oasis garden can provide you with vegetables and fruits all year round, especially during the dry season when vegetables are in short supply. The unpredictable and errant weather changes leave many farmers unsure of when to expect rains. Rainfall is the main source of water for irrigation for many farmers. 

Biological methods of pest control that protect environment

Biopesticides and fungicides protect humans, animals and the environment. Unlike chemicals, biopesticides and fungicides kill only the targeted pests or microorganisms. Moreover, they are cheap and do not leave any harmful residue in the soil, water or the air.

How to make feeds for free range indigenous chickens

Poultry farming is a major economic activity among rural and even urban farmers in Kenya. However, the cost of feeds is so high that farmers find it difficult to buy commercial feeds. Making own feeds at home, reduces costs and increases profit.

How to improve productivity of indigenous chickens

Indigenous chickens are becoming popular with consumers. Good selection of parent stock, eggs and proper feeding and housing can help increase income for poultry farmers.

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Mango farmers benefit immensely from collective marketing

Mango is the king of fruits. It is one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavour and health promoting qualities, thus making it the most popular seasonal fruit grown in the tropics. Mango is a valuable fruit tree grown in arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya where income generating activities available to the resource poor farmers are limited.

Starting an organic food store in your locality

The business of organic produce has good returns because of the rising demand for organic produce driven by its health benefits. In spite of this, there are few or no organic stores or shops in most of our major towns in Kenya.

Use certified maize seed to increase your yields

This planting season, the choice of seed is very important. In rural farming areas, many farmers still plant traditional maize varieties that give very low yields. According to a study conducted by Egerton University’s Tegemeo Institute (Enhancing Small-holder Productivity in Kenya, 2016) findings show that maize yields have been declining at the rate of 10 per cent.

Seed selection important during planting season

The planting season is here again and as farmers prepare their land for planting, there are crucial decisions to make to ensure a rewarding harvest. The following are the stages to follow to ensure a bumper harvest:

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Cassava is an important food crop that farmers forgot

The production of maize and other crops has led to many farmers abandoning important crops such as cassava. In many parts of Kenya, farmers now rely on maize, potatoes, wheat, beans or rice as their main sources of food. Due to these modern trends, important tuber and cereal crops such as cassava and millet have been abandoned and are now regarded as orphan or forgotten crops.

Feed your dairy cow well to get a healthy calf

Animal nutritionists say that when you are feeding a pregnant dairy cow, you are feeding two animals (the cow and the developing calf in its uterus). What this simply means is that when a cow is incalf (pregnant) it needs adequate and balanced feed that is enough to meet her body maintenance and also that of the calf inside her.

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