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Growing Apples in Kenya: The Story of Wambugu

If you want a bumper harvest as a farmer, the secret is being innovative. Peter Wambugu Kago, an apple farmer from Nyeri County, can attest to this fact. Wambugu creates his own apple varieties. So far, he has created eight apple varieties, which he grows on his 20-acre farm in Ihwa village nestled between Kinunga and Ihururu Hills in Nyeri …

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Farmer enjoys honey from Stingless Bee Honey

This weeks success story from Smart Harvest Stanley Imbusi’s grandfather Lumbasio was a traditional medicine man whose trick for curing varied ailments was centred on honey from stingless bees found in Kakamega tropical rain forest. Often, the grandfather would tag him along to comb the forest for the rare medicinal honey. Today, Imbusi is a renowned stingless bee farmer in …

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A plastic fused soil slab that does wonders in fish farming

SUMMARY The thick slab is made from sand particles mixed with melted waste plastics, which form a solid and non-porous mass. The beauty about this innovation, says Chirchir, is that it is a good replacement for the more expensive polythene linings. Are you in an area with porous soil (the one which is horrible holding water) yet you want to …

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You should do this when when your birds are always fighting and pecking

Mr Njenga has been keeping poultry for the last four years. One of the challenges he has constantly faced is cannibalism — a bad habit (vice) mostly manifested as vent picking, picking of un-feathered skin on the head, toes, comb or wattle. I paid a visit to his farm in Kandara, Murang’a County to see if I could address this …

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Do you know about yams?

SUMMARY • Yams need fertile clay soil which should be cultivated well for it to be loose. I normally dig a hole of about 2ft by 2ft and covers the seed loosely with soil. • Earthing up involves covering the crop that if exposed to the sun can be destroyed while thinning is performed only when the crops grow too …

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School drop out earning big from farming

Farming in Kenya is profitable. Geoffrey Walumbe Musungu dropped out of school in Form One when his father died in 1992. With nothing much to do, he worked as a casual labourer due to his minimal education, saving Sh120, 000 over a period of time. With this money, Geoffrey Walumbe Musungu started his farming business in 2003 at Mwomo village …

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Profitable farming career after dropping out of school

While many youth in Kenya sink into despair when they are forced to drop out of school, this seemingly grim fate marked the beginning of a successful farming career for Silas Murithi, a resident of Gituri Village in Meru County. Lack of school fees saw Mr Murithi, now 40-years-old, drop out of secondary school in 1994 when he was in Form …

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Farmer opts for Tree Tomato Farming over Tea

SUMMARY Tree Tomato Seedling goes for Ksh 300 It takes a tree tomato 18 months to mature. A kilo of tree tomato fetches between Sh100 and Sh150 John Githigia Kigo uprooted his tea bushes when he discovered he could make more money from fast maturing tree tomatoes. He had been making losses from his tea farm located in Murang’a and …

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Sukuma Wiki Farming is Profitable

SUMMARY Seed type Vincent Okumu plants: Mfalme F1 50 g of Mfalme F1 seeds cost him Ksh 2,600 Seedlings take upto one month on the seedbed Harvesting starts after one month of transplanting Yield of hybrid Sukuma Wiki give out more yield. Vincent Okuku,37 is reaping the results of his hard work. Popularly known as Kenyatta at Kokise village, Siaya …

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Be determined in dairy farming and you will succeed

In Taita Taveta County, about 2km from Wundanyi town we find Kambale, a dairy farmer who keeps eight cows, two of which are in-calf, two are calves while four are lactating, offering him an average of 100 litres of milk a day. Kambale claims he left his job as a surveyor in 1999 and invested Sh50, 000 he had into poultry …

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