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Conservation agriculture increases soil fertility by protecting the soil structure, retaining moisture and adding organic matter, which improves farm productivity and profit.      Conservation agriculture promotes permanent soil cover to protect and conserve soil s...
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Originally from Africa and bred in South America, Brachiaria grass is gaining popularity among cattle farmers in Kenya. The grass is credited with helping to revolutionalize the Brazilian beef industry.   Sustainable fodder production is a constant problem facing dairy and beef farmers in Ken...
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Kenya is one country in Africa with enormous genetic resources of Sahiwal cattle that is used as source of breeding stock and semen for the country and the entire continent.   Sahiwal is a breed of Zebu cattle, which is loved for its ability to give high quality milk with high butter fat cont...
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To be successful in rearing indigenous chicken farmers have to exercise a high level of management in housing, feeding and disease control.   Many poultry farmers assume that indigenous chickens can fend on their own especially when put on free range. But this is not the case. Chickens requir...
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Many farmers rush to buy new chicken breeds coming into the market without knowing their qualities only to end up with regrets and losses. Below are various breeds in the market and their qualities to enable farmers make informed choices.   Poultry keeping is now one of the most popular agrib...
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The potential for production of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in Kenya stands at 4.8 tonnes per acre. However, farmers get only 1.12 per acre. Though many causes are to blame for low productivity, unavailability of quality planting material is the most important. To reap the benefits associated with...
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A bag of pig feed costs more than KSh 3,000 in the market. Feeds take up to 80 per cent of pig production costs. Farmers can make their own feeds and sell surplus feed to other farmers.   Pig rearing is once again becoming popular due to increased pork consumption in most of Kenya’s urb...
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  Research has shown that maize seeds may contain the viruses that cause Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease and can transfer the disease through seeds to farms.     As the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN) spreads across the country, the government, including research institu...
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Potato farming is getting popular in most parts of the country. In Western Kenya, many farmers are finding the crop a good alternative to sugarcane.   More than half (54%) of the Kenyan population suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Lack of Vitamin A in the diet leads to low immunity and bli...
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A good dairy cow was a well-fed and healthy calf while young. A sick calf grows into a poor cow.   Dairy development depends on young stock. Buying dairy animals is a risky business. Every farmer knows the problem: What is this heifer or cow really worth? Is it true what the seller tells you,...
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The cost of feed concentrates has increased and it takes up a good part of the dairy farmer’s earnings. Adding legumes in fodder production and preparation can help cut down feed costs and improve profits.   Almost every small-scale farm in Kenya has Napier grass, which provides fodder ...