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Rearing Dairy Goats in Kenya

Throughout Kenya pressure on land is increasing. Average farm size is decreasing as plots are sub-divided and farmers in Kenya struggle to find space on their farms to grow subsistence and cash crops as well as keep livestock. Many farmers in Kenya would like to keep dairy cows but do not have the money to buy animals and build zero-grazing units …

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Tea Farmers Get KES 5 per Kilo in Mini Pay

Tea farms in Central Kenya are slowly recovering from a prolonged dry spell that hit the region since last year. The farmers will receive a mini bonus of Sh5 for every kilogramme of green tea leaf supplied so far, up from Sh3 paid last year. Announcing the new rates yesterday, KTDA Board Chairman Peter Kanyago also had some bad news …

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New Pest (Fall Army Worm Moth) on Cereals and Pasture in Kenya

Fall Army Worm Moth; is a migratory pest native to North and South America. This pest occurs in large numbers and its caterpillars cause severe damage to more than 80 plant species especially cereal crops such as: maize and rice. Government Efforts to Manage the Pest The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries constituted a multi- institutional technical team with …

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Bull Rearing: Fattening Cattle as a Business

A group of four skinny animals on the farm in Nyeri saunter inside an enclosure as others, also skeletal, feed on grains from a trough. Looking at the animals, one may wonder why they are too skinny that you can count their ribs from far, yet the owner Dr James Gakuo has invested a lot in the farm including by …

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Vote for Graduate Farmer Best Agricultural Blog in Kenya 2017

We would like to thank all our readers for nominating us [www.graduatefarmer.co.ke] for the Best Agricultural Blog in Kenya 2017. Since 2012, the BAKE Awards has recognized and awarded exceptional Kenyan bloggers in different categories every year. It is organized by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE). The competition is the only one that honours and showcases the best in …

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Food security worries grow as Kenyan farmers chop maize for cattle feed

Dressed in a green hat and black mud boots, Gilbert Gitonga is busy tending his 3-acre (1.2-hectare) farm in Kenya’s Meru County. Moving among rows of maize plants, he pulls weeds and reaches for the maize heads, squeezing them to see if they are mature enough to harvest. But Gitonga’s crop, which covers one-third of his land, is not destined …

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Get to know about irrigation

Getting water to your crops in Kenya when they need it is both an art and a science, and doing it responsibly—without wasting it or washing away valuable topsoil—is part of the ethics of growing food. When designing an irrigation system, consider climate, soil type, the scale of your operation and the type of crops you’re growing. Assessing Need Consider …

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Poultry Diseases and Prevention

Diseases may be defined as illness of one or more of the body organs or tissues, caused by pathogens or germs. Germs (virus, bacteria) and protozoa are classified according to size. Parasites, though not germs, can cause ill health. The significance of a disease depends on the rate of infection or infestation and the number of birds that die. Death …

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Advantages of drip irrigation systems

Precise and regulated application of irrigation water and plant nutrients at low pressure and frequent intervals through drippers/emitters directly into the root zone of plant with the help of close network of pipes is known as drip irrigation system. Advantages Increase in production & productivity. Improves quality and ensure early maturity of the crops. Water Saving up to 40% – …

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Tilapia Farming in Cages

Cage culture, the practice of rearing fish in cages, can be applied in existing bodies of water that cannot be drained or seined and would otherwise not be suitable for aqua-culture. These include lakes, large reservoirs, farm ponds, rivers, cooling water discharge canals, estuaries and coastal embayment’s. In Kenya, tilapia are among the most suitable fishes for cage culture. Species …

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