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Secrets of getting maximum return from Macadamia tree

Despite macadamia being a lucrative cash crop, many farmers do not receive maximum returns, due to errors of omission and commission, says agriculturist Wambui Rigaga, the head of the Agriculture and Nurseries Department at Afrimac Nuts Company. Though a mature tree can produce between 80kg...

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...

TIPS ON STARTING YOUR OWN PERMACULTURE GARDEN

Many people visit restaurants or friends and one look at their beautiful gardens suddenly awakens a resolve in them to emulate them, or maintain at least three potted plants. For those who have been wishing to plant something but never got round to doing it;...

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...

How researchers and farmers ensure your plate of chips is safe to eat and...

The importance of the potato meal on the table for many Kenyans cannot be overstated. It is a delicacy that ranks second most important after maize, giving farmers a reliable crop to reap returns from. However, to get maximum returns, it is critical for farmers...

Study reveals how to make fish farming more lucrative

More can be reaped from fish farming by increasing the stocking size of fingerlings, a new study by Farm Africa and World Fish has revealed. The study conducted between July last year and February this year shows that reduced production cycle and input costs make...

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 Plant Potatoes

PICKING THE RIGHT POTATO 1.1. Pick potatoes according to their growth period Potatoes are classified according to the length of time they take to mature, which can be influenced by weather. Early seed potatoes mature in 60-110 days. Planted towards the end of March, they are...

Growing spinach and overcoming challenges for good returns.

Spinach is a vegetable, whose market is always guaranteed locally, and it fetches better prices than similar vegetables such as kale. However, many farmers avoid it after the first trial due to challenges associated with the crop. “I planted about 200 plants in...

Eggs are nature’s vitamin pills

Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and vitamins A, B, D & E; described by nutritionists, as a large vitamin pill – a mineral cocktail, they contain all the essential vitamins 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,...
Pig farming

TIPS ON EFFECTIVE PIG FARMING

There are a number of elements that a farmer needs to meet in order to have an operative pig farming practice. These include a dependable water supply and adequate assets to start the operation and keep it going until the promotion of the first...