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Zero Grazing Sheep Rearing System

Sheep needs dry climate. It has no problem with low temperatures during the rainy season. But the relative humidity in the rainy season should not be high. Hence low rainfall area is good for sheep farming. Hilly forest areas and the coastal regions are not suitable for sheep farming. Even in medium rainfall area the problem of worms and diseases …

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Structures used in Grafting

Greenhouses Now let us learn about greenhouses meant for plant propagation. We can categorize them like high cost and low cost greenhouses. In a high cost greenhouse, the polythene sheet is set on metallic arches. Wind damage to the polythene sheet is minimal due to its shape. The most common structure used for grafting is a low cost greenhouse house. …

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Grafting Techniques: What is Grafting?

In nature plant species have various mechanisms for reproduction. Seeds, rooting on the stem, tubers and suckers are the important ones. Plant propagation techniques became popular with modern horticulture for asexual multiplication of commercial plants in large numbers. Grafting is an age old practice. But its commercial application and new techniques started few decades ago. Tissue Culture is another popular …

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How to build a compost heap

Step 1. Prepare compost area Select a site that does not flood. Choose a shaded and well-drained area. For drainage, bare soil is better than a hard surface such as concrete. Step 2. Gather Materials Gather all materials together at the compost area. The exact amount of each material used varies on what is available. The basic mixture should include: …

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Importance of compost and how to make it

Natural fertilizer provides the food needed for a plant to grow after a seed has germinated in the soil. This food consists of plant nutrients. The most important of these nutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). There are also many other chemicals needed by plants in small quantities, e.g. copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), …

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Apply and get a chance to win USD5,000 at the MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge

Applications are now open for the maiden edition of MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge. The innovation challenge is a key event at this year’s edition of Meet The Farmer’s Conference will host young farmers, agropreneurs, and Innovators in the Agric Value Chain to compete for the grand Prize of 5,000USD, an all expense paid trip to Dubai for the Grand Finale, access …

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Coriander Farming Profit per Acre

Coriander or Dania is an annual herb belonging to the family Apiaceae. Dhania is a key ingredient in many foods that’s why many Kenyan homes always have this tasty herb in their kitchens. Coriander is loved by many not just because of its lovely aroma and amazing taste but because it helps in the following: Skin related disorders. Reducing coughs. …

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A guide on buying Boma Rhodes Seeds

For the dairy and beef sector to grow as part of the Kenya’s Big Four Agenda, the problems in fodder production need to be urgently addressed. Kenya needs year round supply of quality fodder at prices that are profitable to both livestock farmers and fodder producers. It is therefore exciting to see a new crop (pun intended) of upcoming farmers …

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Drip Irrigation vs Sprinkler Irrigation

Irrigation is the process through which controlled amount of water can be supplied through artificial means such as pipes, ditches, sprinklers etc. the main objectives of irrigation systems is to help agricultural crop growth, landscape maintenance and reduce the effect of inadequate rainfall. Therefore, the importance of irrigation systems is very high. However, many farmers in Kenya find a hard time trying to choose …

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Investing in Mushroom Farming

There is growing interest in developing commercial cultivation of mushrooms in Kenya. According to NAFIS Mushroom production is currently valued at KSh 340 million. Large scale producers account for over 95% all over Kenya most of which is button. Shitake, though not common in Kenya, is globally rated second after button. Oyster mushroom production is readily picking up because it is easy …

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