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5 Useful Farming Apps in Kenya

Farmers in Kenya are getting empowered everyday through innovative technologies that is helping them reduce costs, maximize yields and profits, and still be incredibly efficient in the process. Below are five (5) mobile apps and websites that are making farming life easier to farmers in Kenya; DigiCow DigiCow targets smallholder farmers in Kenya and enterprise engaged in dairy farming, enabling …

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Sugar Scandal: Why you should switch to honey

The sugar we put in our tea everyday could be poisoning us slowly according to a report by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). Recent tests on one of the consignments seized in the ongoing crackdown on contraband sugar that has flooded the Kenyan market, found that there were 20.7 milligrams of the metal per Kg of sugar. Up-to 20 …

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Typical characteristics of a farmer entrepreneur

A lot is being said these days about farmers becoming ‘entrepreneurs’. But what is entrepreneurship? What does it take to be entrepreneurial? How can an entrepreneurial behaviour be created and sustained? How can entrepreneurial skills be developed? How do entrepreneurial farmers respond to the changing farming environment? What strategies do they use? What actions do they take? And how can …

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How to secure your farm from thieves

Every farmer in Kenya will understand the difficulty of keeping their land secure. It’s very hard sometimes to patrol and secure every section of your farm and keep trespassers out. More often than not, trespassers have no malicious intent at all. It’s easy to stumble onto farmland (especially large farms) without realizing. However, occasionally, thieves or even protestors will find …

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Farming Needs Hard Work, You Cannot Succeed Overnight

Being a beginner farmer in Kenya is hard! There are hundreds of success stories on farming in the media that really confuses most aspiring farmers to think that they can generate fat incomes overnight. This has led to many people giving up on farming all together. We all hit points when it seems like going on is next to impossible. …

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Beginner Farmer: Dairy Farming as a Business

With demand for milk rising rapidly, many people in Kenya are venturing into commercial dairy farming having seen the business opportunity. Below I have a checklist of things you need to consider before investing your cash into dairy farming. Capital Ask yourself how much money you need for the investment? What is the source and how much can you access …

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Irrigation Made Easy Using Solar Pumps

Solar Powered Water Pumps use generated electricity to pump water. Common applications are water for livestock, crop irrigation, drinking and cooking water supply. Solar Powered Water Pump Applications During hot months and in hot areas the requirement for water is high. Many farms in Kenya need stable and consistent water for irrigation. Solar water pumps are electrically driven pumping systems, powered by photovoltaic panels (Solar …

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Tackling October- February Drought Using Drip Irrigation

The severe drought affecting Kenya, which has driven up the cost of food and fueled inflation in the country. Since the end of 2016 conditions remain dire in half of Kenya’s 47 counties. The situation has been exacerbated by the impact of climate change, and it is anticipated that some regions could reach emergency levels of need by end of October. There will …

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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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How to sell vegetables

Before you plant your first seed, answer this question: How will you sell your crops? A good marketing plan is an absolute must for a successful farm business in Kenya. Know your market and your customers. Start by growing vegetables that are popular with people in your area i.e traditional vegetables like managu etc etc. Make sure you grow enough …

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