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Green Gram: Variety: N26 or KVR 26 (KAT/MB26 Katumani mung Bean 26) (Beans)

Climatic requirements, seed rate, maturity and potential yield Has a determinate growth habit Flowers are auxiliary on short penduncles and purple in colour Pods are black and contain shiny green grains 85% of the grains are shiny green and bold Flowers in 40-45 days Matures in 60-65 days Potential yields range from 300-1500kg/ha or 520-600 kg/acre Where grown/Recommended zones N26 …

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State identifies South African exporter behind maize import

The Government has disclosed that Inter Africa Grains PTY of Johannersburg, South Africa, sold the 29,900 metric tonnes of white maize being offloaded at the Port of Mombasa. The Jubilee administration summoned all millers to help deal with cartels that have been creating a false maize shortage to raise the prices. The Central Millers Association (CMA) in a statement before …

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We won! Thank you for voting for Graduate Farmer

We would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful & loyal readers and the members for voting www.graduate farmer.co.ke as the Best Agricultural Blog in Kenya 2017 #BakeAwards. It is such a great honor,we couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank You! Since 2012, the BAKE Awards has recognized and awarded exceptional Kenyan bloggers in …

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Guide to making Silage

Silage is the material produced by controlled fermentation, under anaerobic conditions, of chopped crop residues or forages with high moisture contents. Silage is produced by the activities of naturally-occurring bacteria that convert some of the plant sugars into organic acids that preserve nutritional qualities. Ideal characteristics of material used in silage making: Moisture content of 60-70%. pH below 4.2 for wet crops …

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How to attract bees to your new hive

A bait hive is an empty hive that is set up to attract a swarm during the swarming season. For about a week before a colony swarms it sends out scout bees to find a new home. Although we shouldn’t try to humanize bees there are several criteria that seem attractive to them, these being:- Where bees have lived before. …

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How to grow Managu

The African Nightshade, also called Managu or Sucha, is widely distributed throughout the tropics and can be found throughout East Africa. The plant is an erect, many-branched herb growing 0.5 to 1.0 m high. Managu bears thin, oval, slightly purplish leaves up to 15 cm in length, has numerous white flowers and usually purple to black, round berries about 0.75 …

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Silage making for smallscale farmers

Content via FAO How to improve the nutrition of farmers’ milking animals when each family keeps only one dairy cow? During the dry season, the major fodders available are wheat or maize straw, together with hay and concentrated feeds. As a minimum, it is essential to provide a green fodder supplement to enhance rumen function for bovine animals. Therefore, one …

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How to grow Boma Rodhes Grass

Rhodes grass is a vigorous, perennial grass, originating in South Africa, with a strong root system that gives it good drought tolerance. It spreads quickly, forming good ground cover, and grows to 1.5 m. It grows under a wide range of conditions. It is useful in the cut-and-carry system and for open grazing and is popular for hay making. Common …

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Supplying Supermarkets in Kenya

Buying fresh vegetables and fruits in supermarkets is now the trend. Love them or hate them the supermarkets are taking over the fresh produce markets. The establishment of shopping malls across major cities is quickly transforming the fresh produce marketing. The distribution of these commodities seem to be moving towards fewer and large, centralized packaging and distribution centres. The development …

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Walking Tractor will make life easier for smallscale farmers in Kenya

The Ministry of Agriculture through the Agriculture Development Corporation Kenya (ADC) has recently rolled out an affordable hand-pushed multipurpose tractor that has the power of 3 bulls in tilling . The walking tractor has been designed to target farmers in Kenya who cannot afford to buy the big, expensive tractors. These new tractors will help farmers practice modern farming and …

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