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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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Supplying Supermarkets in Kenya

Buying fresh vegetables and fruits in supermarkets is now the trend. Love them or hate them the supermarkets are taking over the fresh produce markets. The establishment of shopping malls across major cities is quickly transforming the fresh produce marketing. The distribution of these commodities seem to be moving towards fewer and large, centralized packaging and distribution centres. The development …

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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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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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4 tips to save money for farming

Starting your own farm in Kenya is a good idea. We all want to own our own farms and enjoy the independence and profits that comes from running your own agribusiness venture. Not only do you get to put your entrepreneurial skills to use, it allows you to be your own boss, set your own schedule, and earn money based …

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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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Advantages and Disadvantages of Milking Machines

Are you building a dairy farm in Kenya and are having trouble deciding between hiring labour or buying automatic milking machine? Or is your traditional dairy farm simply growing and you are considering an upgrade to milking machines? In either case, it is essential to make your choice depending on the advantages and disadvantages of both systems. Advantages of Milking …

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Get to know about irrigation

Getting water to your crops in Kenya when they need it is both an art and a science, and doing it responsibly—without wasting it or washing away valuable topsoil—is part of the ethics of growing food. When designing an irrigation system, consider climate, soil type, the scale of your operation and the type of crops you’re growing. Assessing Need Consider …

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