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Address causes of livestock feed supply shortage

As Kenyan households come to terms that the once ubiquitous ugali flour is now an expensive and often unavailable exotic commodity, it is a double blow for the livestock farmers because since mid-2016 they have been in an acute shortage of livestock feed. As pointed out in the article of BD  on June 19th titled “Farmers urge manufactures to reduce …

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How to get started in farming

Farming is an occupation that encompasses a number of different activities. Some farmers in Kenya raise crops for animals to eat, others raise the animals themselves and still others raise crops for people. Many farmers use heavy machinery and spray insecticides or herbicides, while others use organic methods. Farmers need a wide range of skills, including crop production, basic veterinary …

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How to sell vegetables

Before you plant your first seed, answer this question: How will you sell your crops? A good marketing plan is an absolute must for a successful farm business in Kenya. Know your market and your customers. Start by growing vegetables that are popular with people in your area i.e traditional vegetables like managu etc etc. Make sure you grow enough …

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How to use Facebook to grow your agribusiness venture

When you think of Facebook for your agribusiness, you probably think of Facebook Pages. But are you a member of any Facebook Groups? If not, consider this post a little push because Pages and Groups can go hand-in-hand to boost your Facebook marketing efforts. Farmers in Kenya have come a long way since the founding of Facebook. They have created …

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5 profitable agricultural business ideas to invest

If you are looking for an agribusiness venture in Kenya to invest in, here are 5 profitable agricultural business ideas that you can start today. Please note that you need to extensively research thoroughly before starting your business. Farming is not as easy as it seems from what you have heard on the media. You need to be patient, resilient, hardworking, …

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Solar irrigation system that can detect when the soil is dry developed by MUST

Students and a lecturer at Meru University of Science and Technology have developed a sensor-based automatic irrigation system. The innovation is aimed at reducing the labour cost and amount of water wasted in overhead and furrow irrigation methods. James Karuri, Samuel Lalai and lecturer Daniel Maitethia developed the idea and finalized it towards the end of last year, and are …

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How to grow cabbages in rotation with legumes for more benefits

Cabbage gives higher yields at a lower cost when grown in rotation with leguminous African leafy vegetables (ALV) like cowpea (kunde) and sunhemp (mitoo, miroo) The ALVs fix nitrogen that benefit ts the cabbage crop whose head weight increases from an average of 2 kg to 3 kg, for the varieties which are small headed. The cowpea and sunhemp leaves …

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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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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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