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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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Data Driven Agriculture: Forging Ahead

If it cannot be measured, it cannot be done. If it is not known, then it never occurred. Data and information management are synonymous to salt in food. We cannot over-emphasize the need of having correct and updated data and information management and dissemination as an enabler towards sustainable agricultural practices. Information is processed data and therefore quite a fundamental …

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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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The best time to run your sprinklers

If you use sprinklers to irrigate your farm, then it is very important that you use them effectively. Good use of sprinklers can in fact save water while helping your vegetables to grow even better. Always make sure your sprinklers are in good working order at the start of the dry season. You can get the help of a local …

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World’s First Floating Dairy Farm

Three Dutch companies have teamed up to establish a “floating dairy farm”, which will be used to supply fresh dairy produce to the city of Rotterdam and could reduce the amount of space needed to rear cattle by up to 50-fold when compared to similar installations on land. Courage, the innovation institute of the Dutch agriculture and dairy sector; city …

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Grafting Methods

How Grafting is done Graft plant has 2 parts. Lower portion is from the seedling and is called rootstock. Upper portion is from the mother plant and is called scion. Rootstock should be a sturdy disease free seedling with a strong tap root system. For mango grafts bigger mango stones of wild variety are sown in beds. These produce stout …

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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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