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Category: Crops

Why farmers in Nandi are wooed to grow bamboo

Farmers in Nandi County are set to diversify into bamboo growing. The county, in collaboration with the Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), is piloting bamboo…

Tea farmers’ fears amid good prospects

Tea production is set to increase following the continued rains that are increasing green leaf production. There is even hope that the good fortune could…

How Africa Soil Health experts have made more farmers smile than expected

A soil health consortium has reached more than 1.3 million smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa, helping them to grow more and better crops. This has increased…

KALRO releases new potato seed for multiplication

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), has officially released a new seed variety – Potato basic seed, for multiplication. According to KALRO, potato basic…

Six trees for your year-round supply of fruits

Fruits supply vital vitamins and minerals. A study conducted in Machakos County in Kenya shows that planting a carefully selected portfolio of easily grown fruit…

ADC – one stop for quality semen, animal feeds, seeds, and seedlings

But this need not be the case. There is a ‘big brother’ that farmers can rely on – the Agricultural Development Corporation of Kenya (ADC)….

Banana Farming secrets revealed

Below is a general guide on bananas, their classification, growth, and management all through to maturity and harvesting. Classification Bananas are from the family Musaceae….

Good news for flower and horticulture sectors

There is a glimmer of hope for both the flower and horticultural sectors, as demand in the international markets begins to bounce back. The easing…

Say Goodbye to Downy Mildew in rose stems

Downy mildew, Peronospora sparsa, is among the most feared diseases in industrial rose production in the highland tropics. Outbreaks are triggered when the presence of…

Relief for horticultural sector as KQ flies fresh produce

It was a great relief for Kenya’s horticultural sector, as a Kenya Airways passenger Dreamliner aircraft, Boeing 787, flew to London, carrying more than 40,000…

Vertical farming association to tackle food insecurity

Africa’s food security future is bleak and yet the continent has many more mouths to feed today than it did several years ago. With more…

How to use seedling trays for better germination and returns

With 2000 seedling trays, each holding 200 seedlings, a  young farmer produces 400,000 plants monthly from a 100m x 100m piece of land and earns…

How to tackle soil-borne diseases

You have done everything possible, including using enough fertiliser, top dressing, foliar feed, herbicides, fungicides and all, and even ensured your plants are well watered,…

How researchers and farmers ensure you get quality potatoes

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…