New pest threatens potato production in Kenya

Kenya has been invaded by a new potato pest that threatens to cut production by more than 80 per cent unless urgent measures are taken to control it. The pest has been identified in a few countries in North and West Africa, and in Europe, North and South America. Read more about New pest threatens potato production in Kenya

Conservation agriculture improves yields

Changes in climate and world populations have made it necessary for farmers to adopt better agricultural methods to increase crop yields and income over the long term. Farmers should consider adopting conservation agriculture. Read more about Conservation agriculture improves yields

Know your grasses: Brachiaria, a high quality fodder grass

Sustainable fodder production is a constant problem facing dairy and beef farmers in Kenya. This is particulalry severe in the dry season when traditional fodder grasses, like Napier cannot cope and farmers are left with no fodder for their animals. Read more about Know your grasses: Brachiaria, a high quality fodder grass

Sahiwal: Easy to handle dual-purpose breed

Sahiwal is a breed of Zebu cattle, which is loved for its ability to give high quality milk with high butter fat content. It is fairly resistant to tick borne diseses and thrives in arid and semi-arid areas where pure exotic breeds find it difficult to cope. Read more about Sahiwal: Easy to handle dual-purpose breed

Proper management improves poultry production

Many poultry farmers assume that indigenous chickens can fend on their own especially when put on free range. But, this is not the case. Chicken require thorough care; feeding, housing, disease control and protection from predators. Read more about Proper management improves poultry production

Know the right type of chicken to rear for profit

Many farmers rush to buy new chicken breeds coming into the market without knowing their qualities only to end up with regrets and losses. Poultry keeping is now one of the most popular agribusiness enterprises that many people in Kenya want to go into. Read more about Know the right type of chicken to rear for profit

The best way to grow orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

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. Read more about The best way to grow orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

How to make your own pig feed on the farm.

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. What they need is to know the rations of mixing the different ingredients. Read more about How to make your own pig feed on the farm.

Maize seed can transmit Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN)

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. This poses great danger to food security in the country and neighbouring countries. Read more about Maize seed can transmit Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN)

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are nutritious

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. They see it as a source of money and nutrition for their families. Hence, their is growing demand for planting material. Read more about Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are nutritious

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