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  • Kenya has a huge potential for beef farming. However, large parcels of land that could be used for this purpose lie under utilized. Careful selection of the right breeds combined with good range management practices can transform the livestock sector and make Kenya a net exporter of beef. This pa...
  • Maize and beans are the staple foods of majority of households in Kenya. This space is meant for exchange and sharing by farmers who grow cereals and pulses, particularly practices and technologies that maximize farm-level productivity and sustainability in these farming systems.
  • April 23 - led by The Organic Farmer
    Fish is a source of high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, which are important for mothers, growing children and adults. This space is for farmers interested in and/or practicing aquaculture.
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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...
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If managed in the right way, farmers can get more bean yields, improve their soils and income.   Farmers are about to start planting beans for the short rains. If they do it well, they stand to get good yields. Beans are very valuable to Kenyan farmers as they provide the much needed proteins...
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Farmers who need raw materials for feed making including feed additives (pre-mixes and amino acids) can order them from outlets nearest to them. The following outlets sell the ingredients in different towns shown below:   Nairobi Essential Drugs Ltd, E.D.L House, Mombasa Rd, Tel. 020 ...
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Nandi setaria has the greatest range of adaptability of all tropical grasses (altitude 0-3,000m above sea level). It performs well in high rainfall areas with 900-1825 mm per year. The grass can also be grown in transitional zones and arid areas through irrigation. It withstands considerable periods...
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What is the best way to feed bananas?   Bananas can be very productive if well fed and managed. They tend to do well with frequent application of farmyard manure from cattle, pigs, goats and chickens. Farmers can also use well composited manure. At planting, thoroughly mix 70kg (two debes) of...
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What factors should be considered when setting up an apiary?   An apiary or a bee house is a place where many beehives are kept for honey production. It is advisable to keep between 20 to 25 beehives in one apiary. Beekeepers should ensure there is adequate forage around the apiary for bees t...
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Poultry keeping continues to be one of the most popular enterprises among small-scale farmers in Kenya. This is because it is one of cheapest farming enterprises that require little capital to start. Although many farmers previously preferred hybrid chickens due to their high productivity, there has...
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Avocado is an important commercial fruit in Kenya both for local and export markets.   There are three main types of avocado trees which are suitable for different altitudes. Check which avocado varieties do best under your specific local conditions. Using seeds or grafted trees from healthy ...
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Adoption of crop rotation is the main solution in the fight against the destructive potato disease.   Although it continues to destroy potatoes countrywide, very many farmers are yet to understand what bacterial wilt is, how it is spread and how to control it. Most farmers have stopped growin...
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Farmers need to know that it is only through proper management and feeding of Fleckvieh dairy cows that they can get good returns from this breed.   In 2011, we featured the Fleckvieh dual-purpose cattle breed and since then thousands of farmers have acquired it. Farmers’ feedback to TO...
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Beef producers often incur losses when fodder is in short supply. But adjusting animals’ feeding program can help farmers produce quality beef during periods of drought.   Beef production is mostly done in the arid and semi arid regions of East Africa. But these are fragile and largely ...
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Lablab is a source of protein for both humans and livestock. The legume improves soil fertility, is suitable as a cover crop and can be rotated with other crops.   Forage legumes are important because they improve soil fertility through nitrogen fixation, have high crude protein in the leaves...
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Most farmers rely on maize stalks and other crop residue to feed their dairy cows during the dry season. It can be made easier to chew by adding urea to soften it. But farmers have to use the right quantity of urea as excess amounts can cause sudden death.   A lot of crop residue on the farm ...
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There are very few farmers who grow tree tomatoes for the market. But unlike other fruits tree tomatoes are easy to grow, resistant to diseases and in great demand.   Tree tomato is a small, half woody plant with shallow roots. It grows to an average height of 3.5 - 5.0 m depending on the var...
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A farmers’ group wants to know how they can control early and late blight in tomatoes and potatoes. Here we give information on the two common crop diseases that occur in crops grown during the wet season, which is approaching. This will help farmers prevent the diseases early enough.   ...
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Fleckvieh is a hardy breed that can resist diseases, eats less and produces more high quality milk.   Kenyan dairy farmers are used to the common exotic breeds of dairy cows such as the Holstein-Fresians, Ayrshire, Guernsey or even Jerseys. For two years now, a new cattle breed has attracted ...
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Bamboo trees can protect the soil, purify water, provide firewood and used to make many products.   Although Kenyan farmers know and plant many types of trees, very few of them plant bamboo, yet the tree is one of the most valuable among the tree species in the country. Bamboo can play a...
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Organic methods of production can sustain soil fertility and increase crop yields. Inorganic fertilizers cause soil acidity. Soil is one of the most important resources on the farm, both in crop and even in animal production. Unless farmers take good care of the soil, their crops and even pasture c...