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Farmer enjoys honey from Stingless Bee Honey

This weeks success story from Smart Harvest Stanley Imbusi’s grandfather Lumbasio was a traditional medicine man whose trick for curing varied ailments was centred on honey from stingless bees found in Kakamega tropical rain forest. Often, the grandfather would tag him along to comb the forest for the rare medicinal honey. Today, Imbusi is a renowned stingless bee farmer in …

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Increase your maize production through good farm practices

The year 2008 marked a great turning point for Mr. Charles Boit. He quit his job as a Business Development Manager with Unilever Tea East Africa to manage his parent’s farm. The allure to return home and oversee the family agricultural enterprises was too strong and he finally had to accept that agriculture was his calling. Mr. Boit now the …

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Smallholder farmers’ guide to dairy farming as a business (Part 1)

What is a business? A business is an organization that buys or sells products or services for money. It can also be defined as an activity in which a person earns a profit from providing a service or from supplying goods. A business involves buying and selling something. The buyer wants to meet a need. He therefore pays some money …

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All you need to know about a zero grazing unit by SDCP

Under the zero-grazing system, cattle are confined in one place where feed and water are brought to the animals. Other animal husbandry activities such as animal health, are also carried out under zero grazing. Zero-grazing is a good system for keeping dairy cattle in densely populated, high potential areas, where land per farm family is small. Other dairy cattle rearing …

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A plastic fused soil slab that does wonders in fish farming

SUMMARY The thick slab is made from sand particles mixed with melted waste plastics, which form a solid and non-porous mass. The beauty about this innovation, says Chirchir, is that it is a good replacement for the more expensive polythene linings. Are you in an area with porous soil (the one which is horrible holding water) yet you want to …

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You should do this when when your birds are always fighting and pecking

Mr Njenga has been keeping poultry for the last four years. One of the challenges he has constantly faced is cannibalism — a bad habit (vice) mostly manifested as vent picking, picking of un-feathered skin on the head, toes, comb or wattle. I paid a visit to his farm in Kandara, Murang’a County to see if I could address this …

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Do you know about yams?

SUMMARY • Yams need fertile clay soil which should be cultivated well for it to be loose. I normally dig a hole of about 2ft by 2ft and covers the seed loosely with soil. • Earthing up involves covering the crop that if exposed to the sun can be destroyed while thinning is performed only when the crops grow too …

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Youth In Agribusiness Consultation Breakfast 2016

The Youth in Agribusiness is a yearly discussion initiated by Dennis Tirop and Ivy Kimutai which was launched at the Noble Hotel & Conference Centre on 4th November 2016 to discuss how Kenyan youth can best be engaged in agriculture to promote inclusive development. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), rural youth are the …

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