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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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Walking Tractor will make life easier for smallscale farmers in Kenya

The Ministry of Agriculture through the Agriculture Development Corporation Kenya (ADC) has recently rolled out an affordable hand-pushed multipurpose tractor that has the power of 3 bulls in tilling . The walking tractor has been designed to target farmers in Kenya who cannot afford to buy the big, expensive tractors. These new tractors will help farmers practice modern farming and …

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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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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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North rift farmers want easy access to seeds and fertilizers

Maize farmers in North Rift Kenya have called for the decentralisation of fertiliser and seed distribution depots. They said this would help them cut down the cost of transportation. The farmers said despite the subsidies offered by the national government for the fertiliser, transporting it was still costly from the depots to their farms. Currently, farmers who opt for seeds …

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How grains could lift the gloom for Africa’s farmers

This is because smallholder farmers have limited financial resources to buy fertilizer. Nitrogen is one of the most essential nutrients needed by plants for their growth, development and reproduction, yet it is depleted in most African soils. Soil depletion over the years has led farmers to open new land to maintain production. This has often led to increased deforestation and …

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Graduate Farmer Drip Irrigation Kit

Through strategic partnership Graduate Farmer is now able to provide affordable drip irrigation kits to empower young farmers in Kenya. The Graduate Farmer drip irrigation kits are tailor made to fit standard pieces of land which have been listed below. This is a move to ensure that young farmers in Kenya get access to affordable irrigation systems which are usually …

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How to Know if a Watermelon is Ready for Harvest

Kenyans love watermelons! During the dry season you will find most people buying and eating watermelons from vendors along the road. For most beginner watermelon farmers in Kenya it is really hard to know if a watermelon is ready for harvest or not without cutting it. Here are a few tips to help beginner farmers in Kenya identify and select …

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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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