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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 ...
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Although yellow maize is more nutritious than white maize, Kenyans consider it food for poor people since it is often brought into the country as relief food for starving people.   Maize is a staple food for many millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Although white maize is more popular i...
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Unlike other bean varieties, climbing beans give more yields and can be harvested continuously for up to 4 months giving farmers more yields and income.   The increasing population, especially in the towns has led to increased demand for food, and this presents great opportunities for organic...
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Feeding the cattle during the dry season needs good planning. A lot of fodder can be conserved and be used to feed the animals between January and Aprilwhen there is severe fodder shortage.   Maize harvesting is going on in most parts of the country. A lot of crop residue such as dry maize st...
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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...