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Use dry season to prepare fodder planting material

It is not easy for farmers to get enough cuttings or rootstocks for planting fodder in large portions of land. One way to deal with this is to establish a nursery, which, serves as a multiplication area. This can be done about 2-3 months before the rains. Read more about Use dry season to prepare fodder planting material

Know tree diseases and ways to avoid them

Roadside tree nurseries are the major source of tree diseases. Farmers should only buy certified tree seeds and seedlings from licensed tree nurseries and regional centers run by KEFRI and KFS to prevent the transfer of diseases, some of which are difficult to control. Read more about Know tree diseases and ways to avoid them

Beware of invasive weed

Discovered in Kenya in the 70s, the Parthenium hyteroporus weed can prevent the germination and growth of other crops. It suppresses livestock pastures, sustains malariacausing mosquitoes and is harmful to humans and the environment. Read more about Beware of invasive weed

Role of green manures in soil fertility

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient needed by plants but which is easily lost when the soil is poorly managed. In sustainable agriculture, green manure or cover crops play a major role in improving soil fertility and farm productivity. Read more about Role of green manures in soil fertility

How to control mango fruit flies

In East Africa, damage from fruit flies has been reported to range between 40 - 80 % since the invasion by one of the most destructive mango pests – Bactrocera dorsalis. This fruit fly species is the dominant pest in lowland areas such as Keiyo South in Elgeyo Marakwet. Read more about How to control mango fruit flies

Grow chillies to diversify your sources of income

Chillies (Capsicum frutescens L.), hot pepper or pilipilikali, belongs to the family Solanaceae. They are grown mostly for their fresh fruits used to flavour soups and stews and for seasoning and making sauces. Chillies are rich in vitamin C (100-500mg ascorbic acid/g of fresh fruit). Read more about Grow chillies to diversify your sources of income

Fish grow well with proper feeding

Productivity of fishponds can be increased by providing the fish with supplementary food. Manufactured fish feeds available in East Africa are found in one or more of the follow­ing forms: Meal, crumble, dry sinking pellets, moist sinking pellets, and float­ing pellets. Read more about Fish grow well with proper feeding

Take advantage of short rains, make silage

With the expected rains, farmers can boost their fodder reserves by using excess crop residue on the farm or plant short season crops. When making silage, the chopped crop is stored in airtight bags, pits or silos. It ferments resulting in the production of acid, which prevents decomposition and growth of unwanted organisms that can spoil the fodder. Read more about Take advantage of short rains, make silage

Farmers in Western Kenya embrace carbon credits

News that farmers in the country would benefit from a climate change initiative by planting trees to earn carbon credits created euphoria a few years ago. There have been rumours that farmers in Western Kenya are making a lot of money from the carbon credits. Read more about Farmers in Western Kenya embrace carbon credits

Earn more from chillies through value addition

Do you know that you can earn yourself extra income by adding value to chilli? You can give chilli powder a more pleasant taste and aroma by adding dry ingredients like coriander (dania), garlic, ginger, small fish and salt before crushing in the mill. Read more about Earn more from chillies through value addition

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