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Farmers in Africa lose 15 to 40 per cent of their maize harvest due to late harvesting and poor storage of the grain. They can easily reduce these losses if they harvest their produce on time and store it properly.   Moses Kipchumba, a farmer in Eldoret, has a 6-acre farm in Moiben, Uasin Gis...
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Feeding your animals well increases your income. Dairy cows require a balanced diet for milk production, body maintenance and good health. The animals should have adequate water at all times.   No dairy cow, no matter how good the breed, can remain productive without proper management, especi...
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A number of farmers have asked how they can prolong the shelf life of their onion harvest as they look for markets. A large percentage of their harvest is lost, especially during the rainy season. Below, TOF provides tips on how farmers can reduce such losses through proper drying and storing of oni...
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One of the major problems facing crop production in Kenya is declining soil fertility. According to Ms. Mary Gathara, a research scientist at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Soil Chemistry Department, many Kenyan soils are deficient in nitrogen and phosphorous. Nitrogen is an important...
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Like metal drum silos used for grain storage, the PICS bag is sealed tightly and pests in the grains cannot survive for long as they are deprived of oxygen.   After every harvest, farmers usually have problems storing maize, beans, rice, sorghum, millet and other cereals. The problem is worse...
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Farmers often ignore the short rains of between September to December yet it presents an opportunity to take advantage of the short season crops to boost their food reserves or build surplus for the market. The following are short season maize varieties that farmers can make use of. They are bred fo...
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The choice of biogas system depends on its cost, durability and ease of maintenance. Farmers can choose the system that best suits their pockets.   Any farmer with one to three dairy cows housed in a zero grazing unit can collect enough cow dung for biogas production. There must also be adequ...
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Biogas is a cheap source of energy that also reduces the destruction of trees while producing high quality organic fertilizer that farmers can use to improve crop yields.   Biogas is a gas produced when bacteria break down organic material such as cow dung, farm waste, garbage and even sewage...
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Chickens are very vulnerable to diseases. Farmers can, however, keep away diseases through proper feeding, housing, hygiene and regular vaccinations.   The wet season is here with us again and with an increased incidence of chicken diseases. Poultry farmers should therefore need to remain ale...
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There is an acute shortage of clean, disease free potato seed in the country. The following selected seed producers have good quality seed that farmers can buy and multiply their potato seed through positive seed selection method.   This ensures that farmers have good seeds for planting (Read...