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Vital tips from urban dairy farmer’s success

for the rest of the month and year and tell mAs we drive on the dirt road off Kiminini shopping centre, in Trans Nzoia County, nothing prepares us for the urban farm and the animals we are about to see. We branch off through...

Scaling the heights of fish business

An appetising aroma wafts from a crowded section of Gikomba market, Nairobi. There is a flurry of activity all over, with various traders pitching loudly in the vast, open-air market for the various merchandise they have on offer. Amid the cacophony, a considerable part of...

Insects, the latest craze in animal feeds sector

While insects are well-known for the critical role they play in the environment and in agriculture, a good number of them often find themselves on the opposite end of human tolerance and are targeted for destruction. Today, however, some insects are becoming stars in...

Optimising protein use of high production dairy cattle

It is estimated that by 2020, the annual demand for milk and dairy products in the developing countries will stand at 391 million tonnes. This will be more than double the dairy product needs of 168 million tonnes recorded in 1998. The rise in...

How to manage your farm better with your phone

Peter is a manager with a company in Nairobi. He has a five-acre farm somewhere in Nyandarua. That is where he grew up. Some of his friends have started farming as a side hustle. They all talk about how profitable it is, and Peter...

Small holders suffer as donkey thefts rise

A 90-year-old woman is in deep mourning in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, following the death of her beloved donkey. Her most treasured animal was stolen, slaughtered and skinned. When I met her at her home in Kandisi, tears trickled down her wrinkled face,...

How can you best take care of your calves?

How you bring up your calf from birth to weaning stage will determine the quality of cow that you get. Care should be taken to promote growth, thus reducing chances of loss from death and disease while maintaining the health of the calf. However, raising...

Reasons farmers have been experiencing low milk production

In April, a Smart Farmer team set out on a big mission. We wanted to find out why we were hearing so many voices of discontent about dairy farming. Though it is widely believed to be a highly profitable venture, many farmers have often complained...

Tilapia virus disease

Once thought to be disease-resistant, tilapia is being ravaged by a new virus that has seen a big decline in its population in Egypt and other parts of the world. Tilapia remains the most popular fish species reared in fish ponds in Kenya and...

Step by step how to keep layers

Keeping layers is a lucrative business. A minimum of 300 layers, experts say, is the least number one should keep to make good commercial sense. This could fetch you up to Ksh700,000 a year, while having 1,000 layers can rake in Ksh2.4million a year However,...

A wind-cum-solar dryer that can dry fish day or night.

When her husband died in 2013, Ms Leonida Awiti inherited a fishing boat and a net. Like most of the other inhabitants of Muhuru Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria, who depend largely on fishing, the 43-year-old mother of four knew that her...
Online training for fish farmers

Online training for fish farmers

People wanting to establish fish farms can now access information and training at the click of a button. Farm Africa, a non-governmental organisation, has launched an online training portal for fish farmers with very encouraging results. “I have shifted from subsistence to commercial fish farming...

‘Staldren®’ An effective dry disinfectant for all domestic animals

Staldren® is an effective dry disinfectant for all domestic animals Staldren® is a Danish product which has been thoroughly tested by recognised international laboratories is as a hygiene product being used world wide. Staldren® is phosphate free and PH-neutral, which means that it does not dissolve/or loosen floorings...

Understanding why your cow may not be calving

Reproductive failure or infertility in dairy cattle is a common problem that many farmers have to deal with. Some have quit the venture because their cows cannot come on heat; if they do, they do not conceive; if they conceive they do not carry the...

Device for drying cassava peels to make high value animal feed

Another interesting innovation showcased during the Postharvest Congress and Exhibition was Nigerian Dr Iheanacho Okike’s machine for drying and grading cassava peels. The innovation, which produces livestock feed from the peels, won the second prize. Dr Okike is a research scientist with the International Livestock...