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How to grow potatoes properly

Many Kenyan farmers harvest five to seven tonnes of potatoes from an acre, according to available statistics. This is by far short of the optimal…

How to establish a passion fruit vineyard

Seedbed preparation for passion fruit Prepare a raised seedbed of not more than three feet wide. Ensure the rows run from east to west or…

Sugar snap peas snapping up farmers’ interest

They resemble the more common garden peas popularly known as minji, but while sugar snap peas have an edible pod and is less fibrous, the…

Food Safety

When was the last time you asked about the source of that fruit salad you enjoy after every meal? Are the tomatoes and kales you…

I million free fruit trees for primary schools

More than 35,000 public primary schools will benefit from a project through which underutilised spaces will be enabled to plant more than 1 million fruit…

How global grape fruit production has really changed

The fruit industry has dramatically changed over the past 20 years.  The International Fruit Genetics (IFG) is celebrating pioneering advancements it has brought to the…

Efforts to revive ‘Black Gold’ renewed

For many years, coffee farming was a profitable business. Many remember with nostalgia the good old days. Today, the situation has drastically changed. While Kenyan…

Use seedling trays for better germination and returns

Carolyne Mwangi was deter­mined to make her 100 x 100 piece of land in Ruiru, Kimbo, in Kiambu County, more profitable. “Despite being employed, I…

How to get avocado trees to fruit at 14 months

After engaging in several farming ven­tures that have yielded little success, a Nandi farmer has earned himself the nickname, Gambler Farmer. But Mr Richard Tuwei,…

Macadamia nut farming in Kenya

Macadamia is as precious as gold in the world of nuts. By 2011, only a few people knew that it was grown in Kenya. In…

Pest and diseases that affect passion fruits

Nearly all passion fruit growing areas in Kenya are infested with the woodiness viral disease, USAid-Kaves says. This and other pests and diseases limit the…

How to grow sorghum and know the different varietys

Sorghum can be planted as a pure stand or intercropped with maize, beans, and cowpeas. Variety of sorghum Your choice will depend on what you…

How to lime and test your soil

Modern ways of testing soils are quicker and more affordable, ensuring more convenience for farmers. One of the parameters tested is soil pH. A soil…

Want to keep your mangoes fresh? Wax them

In a few weeks’ time, the sight of rotting mangoes on farms will once again start haunting us. Reason? It is another mango harvesting season…

How to grow corriander on your small space

With the Covid-19 lockdowns, many people will be spending more time at home. This is, therefore, the perfect time to start your mobile garden venture…

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