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Graduate Farmer aims is to empower young men and women from becoming job seekers to creators through the agribusiness value chain.

How long should you run your drip irrigation?

One of the most common questions we get is “how long/often one should run their drip irrigation system to get the best out of it.” Drip irrigation is an essential solution for farmers in Kenya. Drip irrigation is a low-tech, highly efficient solution for smallholder farmers. It can increase agricultural production by as much as 50% using only 10% of the …

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Knowing the best irrigation for your soil type

Each soil type handles water differently, which means we have to be precise about how we do our irrigation. Smart farmers use specific drip emitters and sprinklers to emit water precisely and effectively. Take a quick look at our guide for irrigating based on soil type before you go digging around in your farm. Heavy Clay Soil Heavy clay soil …

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African seed companies outperform multinational peers in serving smallholder farmers

Two homegrown African seed companies top the 2019 Access to Seeds Index for Eastern and Southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity, according to new research by the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation. Kenyan company East African Seed and Seed Co., placed first and second respectively, have both grown their activities in the region since …

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Food Security threatened as farmers move to other more lucrative jobs

The increase in the number of farmers opting to subsidize their incomes through engaging in other money venturing activities, is putting a risk on the country’s food security. Policy makers are now calling to East Africa governments to remedy the negative effects by instituting policies that encourage farmers to participate in agriculture production even while engaging in other activities. This …

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How to select the right sprinkler system

Sprinkler Head Type The types of heads utilized on a specific project are determined by the dimensions of the area being covered, the water pressure available for operation, and a variety of other factors. Choose between a spray or rotor. Spray Heads Spray heads spray water in specific circular patterns and can be changed at your discretion. Spacing between sprinklers …

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KBL Demand for Sorghum pushes up farmer profits

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL)’s entry into the sorghum market for keg beer production holds the potential to raise farmers’ profitability by up to 220 percent and contribute to addressing food insecurity, according to a newly published research paper. In line with the government’s Big 4 Agenda on food security and manufacturing, and given their extensive experience contracting over 45,000 sorghum farmers …

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How to succeed in vegetable farming

When you first read or hear about farming success stories the first thing that goes through your mind is how farming can also work for you. The media makes farming in Kenya (especially horticulture) so easy but there are a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration before investing all your money into growing crops. Soil Testing …

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Critical harvest and handling factors you should consider

When most people in Kenya get into farming for the first time they tend to overlook a lot of things. One of those things are the specifics of harvesting and storage. Critical harvest and handling factors for fruits and vegetables involve two overlapping considerations; the first includes maintaining product quality, while the second is ensuring food safety. All fruits and …

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