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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,...

Zebra melon turning out to be a real money spinner

This fruit has many names and both farmers and consumers have yet to settle on the most appropriate one. But they at least agree on one thing – that the fruit is a real money spinner, with a kilo fetching as much as Ksh300....
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the partners of the new AGCO Agribusiness Program on 25 September. From left to right: Simon Mwangi, CEO/Founder The Bridge Africa Group Ltd, Kenya; AGCO’s Nuradin Osman; Dr George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School and Dr Andy Wilcox, Head of Crop & Environment Science, Harper Adams University, UK.

New Agribusiness course open to students throughout Africa

About 25 African students aged 20-30 will benefit from a new agribusiness course known as the AGCO Agribusiness Program (AAP) and thereafter get job opportunities  at  AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment) the program will be conducted in partnership with a...

Where tractors take a shower before heading to the farm

On an early morning, when most of us head to the bathroom to ready ourselves to go to work, a different category of “workers” are driven to the showers and cleaned up in unison before heading to the farm. Yes, they report to the...

How to raise your chicks (pullet) to be the best producers

The body weight of a chicken and its composition at the beginning of laying are the two main factors that will influence egg size at maturity and the remainder of the laying period. According to Mr Douglas Malala, the national services manager of Evonix...

A grain silo that’s godsend to smallholders

Storing a smallholder’s grain, especially maize, for the family’s consumption, has always been a major challenge, with weevils, rats and all sorts of pests causing untold damage and losses. Though families have often used different methods to keep their produce safe from pests, for...

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...

How to make your own natural pesticides

The best time to spray is early in the morning and evening to avoid disintegration from the sun and to killing predators and beneficial insects. Blackjack Crush a handful of mature blackjack seeds, add water and boil for 10 minutes then leave it to cool....

Bag technology that could keep cassava fresh for days unveiled

The first-ever all-Africa post-harvest congress and exhibition was held in Nairobi in March. It was organised by a consortium of universities, research and development institutions. They included the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the World Food Preservation Centre under the leadership of the...

Pepino Melon- the hidden treasure.

It has a light-yellow to light-green skin, with purple strips. When ripe, its flesh is golden yellow with a cucumber or melon-like texture. The Pepino melon, a mildly flavoured fruit that tastes like a mix of banana and pear, has lately been attracting a lot...

State-of-the-art hatchery in Naivasha for indigenous chickens

It takes a 15-minute drive from Naivasha Town to reach this highly guarded farm with a conspicuous ‘Mbwa Kali’ sign at the main gate. In an area best known for flower farming, this state-of-the-art chicken hatchery comes as a pleasant surprise. Located on a seven-acre...

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...

Is sugar beet the solution to Kenya’s sugar woes?

For years now, Kenya has been grappling with a litany of crises that continue to afflict the sugar sector. They range from low production, delayed payments to farmers, high consumer prices and loss of revenue to government as sugar smugglers cash in on the...

New pig genetics and AI services introduced

As demand for pork rises in the country, pig farming is gaining popularity owing to its low capital requirements and high returns. Farmers Choice has come up with innovative ways to support farmers, one of them being the introduction of AI services. Why did the...

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...