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Recommended storage temperatures for vegetables

Source: FAO If produce is to be stored, it is important to begin with a high quality product. The lot of produce must not contain damaged or diseased units, and containers must be well ventilated and strong enough to withstand stacking. In general proper storage practices include temperature control, relative humidity control, air circulation and maintenance of space between containers …

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18 amazing business ideas you can start in 2017

Have you ever tried agribusiness before? With good and thorough research agribusiness can generate a good income for you and your family in Kenya. There are numerous opportunities and avenues to invest in agriculture. However, when you finish reading this article it’s advisable to pick an agribusiness idea or venture to invest in which is an intersection of your natural …

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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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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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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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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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