For a good harvest, weed control is important

Keeping your crop free of weeds is critical in good farm management. Farmers should plan their farm activities well so that they do weeding at the right time and in the right way. Weeds use the nutrients that your crop needs to grow.

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Organic production is possible in a greenhouse

Is it possible to do organic greenhouse farming? Yes, it is possible to produce crops organically using a greenhouse. Production, however, requires a lot of care to prevent and control common crop diseases and pests in the greenhouse.

Farmers can earn more by adding value to sweet potato

Sweet potato has been described in many communities especially those in dry areas as the ‘king of crops’ because of its ever increasing demand. The most favourite drought resistant, hardy crops grow mostly in marginal areas, thus contributing to improved food security and additional income to farmers.

Eating well for the whole family

Eating well is vital for a healthy and active life. Most people know that we need to eat in order to have the strength to work. However, to many people, it is not clear what it means to eat well within their circumstances.

Know more about Foot Pad Dermatitis in poultry

Foot Pad Dermatitis is a common problem of chicken reared under intensive housing systems but farmers ignore it due to lack of knowledge. Foot Pad Dermatitis (FPD) also known as foot burn is a common condition amongst commercially reared turkey poults (young turkeys) and broilers.

Use dry season to prepare fodder planting material

It is not easy for farmers to get enough cuttings or rootstocks for planting fodder in large portions of land. One way to deal with this is to establish a nursery, which, serves as a multiplication area. This can be done about 2-3 months before the rains.

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.

How to control mango fruit flies

In East Africa, damage from fruit flies has been reported to range between 40 - 80 % since the invasion by one of the most destructive mango pests – Bactrocera dorsalis. This fruit fly species is the dominant pest in lowland areas such as Keiyo South in Elgeyo Marakwet.

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