Choose right onion varieties to avoid viral disease

Are you an onion farmer and you have failed to get good yields from your onion crop due to a strange disease? Research now shows that the seed varieties you have been buying for planting could be susceptible to Iris Yellow Spot virus (IYSV) disease, which is transmitted by thrips.

Raise bull calves and sell them for meat

A number of TOF readers have asked if it is possible to start a beef enterprise using bull calves from dairy farms. Beef farming is a profitable venture because of the huge demand for beef which is currently not being met through local production.

Fair trade protects farmers from exploitation

For decades, farmers have difficulties especially in marketing of farm produce. Many have been exploited especially because of the traditional way of agribusiness, where making profit is more important than safeguarding the livelihoods of farmers.

Sweet stevia turns bitter for Kenyan farmers

When Kibet Tanui, a tea farmer in Kabianga Division of Kericho County, heard that a new cash crop was being introduced in his area, he was excited and accompanied fellow farmers in his village to attend a meeting organized by a multinational company.

Use earthworms to improve soil fertility

Compost making is important in any organic farm. Farmers can improve the quality of the compost they make using earthworms which help produce high quality compost that has more nutrients than ordinary compost to nourish crops and enable them to grow well.

How to build up a meat goat flock

A meat goat enterprise creates cash income from the sale of extra kids and culled adults. When starting, a good understanding of goats and the goat market will enable you to adapt a suitable production plan that includes appropriate breeds, numbers and farm size.

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Incubators improve poultry production

More and more farmers are discovering the advantage of using egg incubators. They want to improve poultry keeping; some even try to commercialize this business. The venture is highly profitable as there is a big demand for chickens.

Feed your dairy goats well to be productive

Dairy goats are popular with many small-scale farmers. They are relatively easy to feed and do not require a lot of space to rear. However, most farmers with dairy goats do not manage them well, so they cannot be healthy and productive enough to give good returns.

How to grow groundnuts

Groundnuts grow well in warm areas, below 1500 M above sea level. The best temperature requirement is about 30º C. They do not grow below 15º C. The crop does not tolerate frost and cold conditions including delay in flowering and seed formation.

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Enhancing banana farming by adding value

Banana is one of the most abundant fruit crops in East Africa. It is one of the most attractive sources of income for farmers with more than 10 million tonnes of bananas are produced in East Africa, with most of it grown by small-scale farmers.

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