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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...
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With about 80% of Kenya’s landmass being arid and semi-arid, beef farming is a viable way of using land, which would have otherwise been left to lie fallow. In this article, TOF provides insights on rearing Boran cattle for beef. We hope this will help farmers to take advantage of the availabl...
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It is easy to control bacterial wilt disease and increase potato production if farmers can take a few measures to ensure their farms are not infected.   In several past issues of this magazine, TOF has educated farmers on the dangers posed by bacterial wilt. The disease poses the greatest thr...
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Of all animals, heifers are the most neglected in many farms, which affect their health and productivity.   When a calf grows into a heifer, it requires proper management to ensure it grows into a healthy, productive cow that is able to produce a good milk yield and also produce healthy calve...