Importance of Soil Testing

Soil sampling is important as it; Measures the nutrients that are left in your field following harvest Tells you which nutrients are lacking or are in excess throughout the soil in a field Helps you determine the most favorable fertilizer plan to increase or maintain yields for the following season. Farmers can’t ignore soil sampling when determining which nutrients are […]

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TURNING TO VERMICULTURE FOR ORGANIC SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

Vermiculture is the cultivation of earthworms especially for use in composting and production of organic fertilizer. The best worms to use in vermiculture are red wigglers or Eisenia foetida . Kenya imports 22,000 tons of synthetic fertilizer annually to boost food production in the region. Earthworms are known to consume food equivalent to their body weight every day. Composted manure and […]

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Guide to Growing Cabbages

Cabbages do well in well drained, sandy loam soils with high organic matter, with a PH range of 6.5 to 7.0. They are normally grown from seed. Cabbages are a temperate vegetable which do best under cool climates where there is a significant difference between day and night temperatures. The land, which should have access to plenty of sun and […]

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Growing Capsicum

Capsicums (also known as bell peppers or pilipili hoho in Swahili). The vegetable belongs to the solanaceae family It does very well  in hot areas such as Eastern Province, Coastal region, temperate central areas, etc. Capsicum performs well under irrigated conditions. The optimum temperatures for growth are 15ºC-25 ºC. The low night temperatures in July/ August in Kenya are favourable for production of this vegetable. […]

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TIPS ON GROWING GARLIC

Garlic farming in Kenya is a profitable venture when done correctly. Garlic popularly known as ‘Kitunguu Saumu’ belonging to the onion family is a high worth horticultural plant owing to its attractive returns and high demand in the Kenyan market. People use garlic as an ingredient in the preparation of special cuisines. As such, it has both local and international […]

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Egg Production Cycle

Birds usually start to lay at around five months (20-21 weeks) of age and continue to lay for 12 months (52 weeks) on average, laying fewer eggs as they near the moulting period. The typical production cycle lasts about 17 months (72 weeks) and involves three distinct phases, as follows. · Phase 1: Small chicks or brooders. This phase lasts from 0 […]

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Broiler Farming

Broiler birds are kept for meat and they are a breed which mature very fast within 4-10 weeks. Housing Ensure the house for broilers is spacious, well ventilated, well lit and free draining. The house should be sited in a strategic place where it’s accessible from all parts of the farm. The area should be fenced to keep away the […]

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Sukuma Wiki Growing Guide

Sukuma Wiki is known as Collard Greens in english. It is a form of a cabbage where green leaves do not form a head. Collard greens is commonly grown in Kenya by 90% of small scale farmers.  Sukuma Wiki is rich in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, roughage, iron and calcium. It is mostly fried alone or […]

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Basic Requirements for Onion Farming

CONDITIONS FOR ONION FARMING Onions do well in fertile, well-drained, sandy loam soil. They prefer pH ranging between 5.8 and 6.8. That’s why you need to have your soil tested before you start planting. When it comes to temperature, onions perform well in areas with 13-35 degrees-Celsius. That means onions can do well in most parts of Kenya and throughout […]

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Common Pests and Diseases Affecting Tomato Farming

PESTS It is strongly recommended that farmers regularly scout their crops. 1. American bollworm – This is the larvae stage of a moth. It lays several eggs on young fruits that bear holes on the fruits upon them hatching. To control this, spray with a good insecticide. 2. Whiteflies – These are small white insects that hide behind the leaves. […]

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