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Inspiring and motivating young farmers in Kenya

Types of Nursery Facilities & Management

There are three main facilities normally used for raising seedlings in a nursery. The choice of a particular one will depend on the available resources and prevailing environmental conditions. Greenhouses – environment fully controlled Nethouse – environment partially modified Open field – where climatic conditions are normally favourable for the crops grown. Media for raising seedlings Soil is the major …

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Choosing a vegetable nursery site for your agribusiness

A number of important aspects must be considered in choosing a site for the establishment of a nursery if the outlay on seed, fertilizer, and labour is to show profitable returns. These factors are broadly grouped into the following: Environmental factors This refers to natural features of the land, which may greatly influence the cost of operation and facilitate management …

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British Airways partners with DSWT to provide a natural solution to human – wildlife conflict in Mtito Andei

Monday 09 January 2017, Kenya; Farmers in Mtito Andei have a reason to smile following an initiative by British Airways and David Sheldrick Widlife Trust to construct beehive fences to act as a boundary for agricultural land. The fences not only keep away elephants but also a source of income for the farmers harvesting honey along the Tsavo East National …

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Starting out in farming may be hard but never give up!

There are hundreds of success stories in newspapers or online platforms dedicated to agribusiness success stories in Kenya. But not many who are interviewed in these farming success stories will stand up and talk about how their agribusiness ventures failed, how that actually feels, and how they are dealing with it. It’s simply not very ‘empowering’ or inspirational…but it needs …

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Do you have what it takes to become a farm apprentice?

Graduate Farmer offers an opportunity for young men and women interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture in Kenya to learn through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers. It’s never easy to start your own farm even if you have all the capital, land and resources at your disposal. You need to learn from the …

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Different Types of Irrigation Systems

Irrigation systems are often designed to maximize efficiency & minimize labour & capital requirements. There are three broad classes of irrigation system: Pressurized distribution. Gravity flow distribution. Drainage flow distribution. Pressurized distribution The pressurized systems include sprinkler, trickle, in which water is conveyed to & distributed over the fields through pressurized pipe networks. Gravity flow distribution This system conveys & …

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3 Profitable Agribusiness Ideas for 2017

With less than 2 weeks to new year we need to look at new agribusiness investment ideas for 2017. With many agribusiness ideas in Kenya out there its very hard to determine which one is the best for you and can generate good returns for you. I have personally tried a few investment ideas this year some failed while others …

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Learn More About Our Training Programs

On Farm Training Program Many people in Kenya are nowadays trying to multi-task between their formal jobs and farming. These people are today known as “Urban Farmers or Telephone Farmers”. They are people who work in the town and cities and send their investments back to the rural areas or their farms for developments. However, they face a lot of …

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Soil Conservation Techniques

Soil acts as an engineering medium, a habitat for soil organisms, a recycling system for nutrients and organic wastes, a regulator of water quality, a modifier of atmospheric composition, and a medium for plant growth, in other terms one of the world’s best providers of ecosystem service. The importance of soil conservation is relatively less talked about as compared to conservation …

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Beef Production Systems Practiced in Kenya

The beef production systems practiced in Kenya includes Nomadic Pastoralism Ranching Agro-pastoralism Feedlot system Nomadic Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism involves a seasonal pattern of movement around a more or less regular pattern. It is the most environmentally sustainable livelihood in the arid and semi arid areas. This system is practiced predominantly in Northern Kenya and southern rangelands. Ranching Ranching is a …

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