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.

PGS certification is better for organic farmers

Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are built on trust, integrity and transparency among organic farmers. They are cheaper, reduce bureaucracies involved in organic certification and make it possible for farmers to sell their produce in local and regional markets.

Common bee pests and diseases in East Africa

Honey bees are responsible for at least one third of agricultural production in the world. Unfortunately, these bees have been dying very fast and this threatens our ability to produce enough and affordable nutritious food. Efforts are being ade to understand and address the threat.

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Eat and enjoy the health benefits of dolichos

Dolichos, also called turtle beans, are a small type of legume. In Kenya, they are a delicacy among the Kikuyu community (referred to as Njahi). It is an important food, which is typically served during traditional ceremonies including weddings.

The role of milk and dairy products in human nutrition

FAO: Milk and dairy products are an important source of dietary energy, protein and fat. But, the scientific evidence is massing up that regular consumption of large quantities of milk can be bad for your health, and campaigners are making noise about the environmental and international costs of large-scale intensive dairy farming.

The best way to sell your organic produce

The organic market in Kenya has been growing steadily. Consumers especially in the major cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu have been enquiring on how they can get consistent supplies of organic products. This is an opportunity for organic farmers to sell heir organic produce.

Keep diseases away from your cassava crop

Cassava farmers suffer huge losses due to outbreak of diseases. Proper selection of planting material and good management can prevent common diseases and increase crop yields. Studies have shown that the best way to control diseases is to grow a healthy crop of cassava.

Proper care of crops during growth is important

To get a good harvest, farmers have to exercise high standards of crop management and adopt sustainable farming practices that minimize crop pests and diseases and maintain soil fertility. It is important to plan ahead and get equipped with the right information.

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Plant Calliandra for fodder and soil fertility

Many farmers have complained that they have great difficulties in feeding their livestock during the dry season. It seems they are yet to understand that you cannot depend on fresh Napier grass or other green vegetation to feed livestock throughout the year.

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