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From the cotton fields to House of Manji and produce exporter

He is better known as the face behind the gaint biscuit company, House of Manji, and also has a hand in the operations of Britannia Allied Industries, real estate, agriculture and pharmaceuticals, both in Kenya and Uganda. In Nyanza, locals see Dawda Hasmukh first as...

Tips on Growing Sunflower

Sunflower constitutes one of the most important oil crops marketed in Kenya . It is growth habits are either dwarf or tall The tall varieties which are often local and open pollinated grow up to a height of between 1.5 and 2.4 metres. Their...

Tips on Growing Bananas

Varieties of bananas found in Kenya are ‘Muraru’, ‘Kiganda’, ‘Sukari’ among others and they are adopted to various agro-ecological zones. They can be eaten as dessert or cooked. Improved cultivars includes, Apple, Gross Michel, Kampala, Dwarf Cavendish, Giant Cavendish, Williams, Grand Nain, Valery, Poyo and...

Wheat Farming in Kenya

Wheat is the second most important cereal grain in Kenya after maize. Wheat farming in Kenya is largely done for commercial purposes on a large-scale. Kenya is self-sufficient in the hard variety of wheat, but is a net importer of the softer variety. Wheat Main Growing...

Tea Farming in Kenya

Kenya is Africa’s leading tea producer and fourth in the world behind India, China and Sri Lanka. Black tea is the country’s leading agricultural foreign exchange earner. Kenya is a major producer of the best tea in the world. It has more than 110,000 hectares...

Coffee Farming in Kenya

Coffee is Kenya’s fourth leading foreign exchange earner after tourism, tea and horticulture. The Kenyan brand is known for its flavor and pleasant aroma. It is estimated that in Kenya 160,000 hectares are under coffee, 75.5 per cent of which is in the co-operative...

Maize Planting Guide

Good farmers are getting over 40 bags per acre by practicing good husbandry, using hybrid seed and fertilizers. You can do this also if you follow these recommendations carefully. This hybrid maize is specially bred to give higher yields than ordinary maize, but money...

Maize Farming in Kenya

Maize is the staple food in Kenya. Large as well as small-scale farmers produce the crop and a large percentage of the population depends on Maize farming as an income-generating crop. Maize is a tall annual crop of the grass family. It grows to a...

How to plant Cassava

Plant clean materials from reputable breeders The plant requires soft, wellprepared soil for easy penetration of roots and double digging is highly recommended Recommended spacing is 1x1 metre square Make furrows measuring one foot wide and about three quarters of a foot deep ...

Tips on how to grow coffee

  The coffee plant is a warm weather crop that can grow to a height of between 16 and 40 feet. In most plantations the trees are kept at six feet for better yields and easier harvest. Coffee trees have lush, shiny green leaves attached to...

What you should know about growing maize

Soil: Maize prefers well-drained soils with neutral to mildly acidic phi it is a big user of nutrients and requires balanced quantities of plant nutrients and chemical properties. It also requires lots of water. Soil tests are necessary to enable you to identify the...

Facts about Fertilizers and their Application

Some facts to note from KARI The mineral nutrient content and solubility of a fertilizer in water determines its efficiency. How it works is affected by rainfall and temperature. It should have adequate moisture. To go into solution, but “Too much moisture is not...

How to apply fertilizers for best effect

As the country’s population continues to grow, demand for food is ever on the increase, yet food production levels have been on a decline due to natural disasters, pests and diseases, degradation of soil and poor production methods among others. An issue that has become...

Macademia is as precious as gold in the world of nuts

They are tasty, exotic nuts rich flavour. And, in the world of nuts and berries, they are almost as precious as gold. These are macadamia nuts introduced in Kenya more than 60 years ago. Besides being delicious, they are packed with nutritional value. They...