Environment Health

Oasis garden ensures vegetable supply

An oasis garden can provide you with vegetables and fruits all year round, especially during the dry season when vegetables are in short supply. The unpredictable and errant weather changes leave many farmers unsure of when to expect rains. Rainfall is the main source of water for irrigation for many farmers. 

Biological methods of pest control that protect environment

Biopesticides and fungicides protect humans, animals and the environment. Unlike chemicals, biopesticides and fungicides kill only the targeted pests or microorganisms. Moreover, they are cheap and do not leave any harmful residue in the soil, water or the air.

Take good care of seedlings to grow into maturity

Young seedlings of trees or vegetables need great care to ensure they grow into strong and healthy trees and crops.

Know tree diseases and ways to avoid them

Roadside tree nurseries are the major source of tree diseases. Farmers should only buy certified tree seeds and seedlings from licensed tree nurseries and regional centers run by KEFRI and KFS to prevent the transfer of diseases, some of which are difficult to control.

Beware of invasive weed

Discovered in Kenya in the 70s, the Parthenium hyteroporus weed can prevent the germination and growth of other crops. It suppresses livestock pastures, sustains malariacausing mosquitoes and is harmful to humans and the environment.

Role of green manures in soil fertility

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient needed by plants but which is easily lost when the soil is poorly managed. In sustainable agriculture, green manure or cover crops play a major role in improving soil fertility and farm productivity.

Farmers in Western Kenya embrace carbon credits

News that farmers in the country would benefit from a climate change initiative by planting trees to earn carbon credits created euphoria a few years ago. There have been rumours that farmers in Western Kenya are making a lot of money from the carbon credits.

Compost making should be a continuous process

Farmers can help restore and build soil fertility in their farms if they can make compost preparation an integral part of their farming. In an organic farming system, compost is never enough. It is a continour process for soil improvement.

Organic fertilizers have many benefits to your crops

It is time for planting again and farmers are struggling to buy inputs for use in planting maize, beans and other crops. Apart from seeds, the other most important input is fertilizer. Of course, many farmers planting maize will buy Diammonium Phosphate (DAP).

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.

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