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Category: Soil and Water management

Syntropic agroforestry, a unique way of farming successfully without need for fertilisers or pesticides

It’s a system that creates its own input, and own biomass and its own fertility as opposed to conventional farming, where crops relentlessly strip the…

Understanding soil microorganisms and their role is vital for farmers

Knowledge of soil microorganisms can help farmers to optimise nutrient management and reduce reliance on synthetic fertilisers, a new report says. Those fertilisers can have…

Why a soil test is crucial

CLIFFORD AKUMU clifford@smartfarmerkenya.com With any mention of reducing crop harvests or problems with soils, the first question on any experts’ lips is: Have you tested…

Enhancing the ability of your soil to hold water

Soil health, quality and water holding capacity is a critical factor in building a productive and resource-efficient farm. Enhancing your soil water holding capacity, increases…

Why organic matter a must

Compost also plays an important role in the physical structure of a soil. compost-rich soil retains water better and can sustain a crop for two…

Training for farmers on correct pesticide use

Creating awareness and responsible use of pesticides is important in protecting smallholder farmers from harm, regulators have said. The regulators, led by Agrochemical Association of…

Why your yields remain poor despite fertiliser

For many years, maize yields in Kenya have continued to decline, while once fertile and healthy soils from regions with heavy-medium rainfall and high yield…

Why organic matter is a must

The degradation of soil over the past 40 years has been due to the depletion of organic matter content, resulting in decreased crop yields. To…

Farmers receive drought-tolerant pigeon peas

New varieties of drought-tolerant pigeon peas, sorghum and green grams have been introduced in Makueni County. The objective is to help farmers cope with failed…

FAO unveils soil fertility tools

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched two practical instruments designed to encourage soil organic carbon (SOC) maintenance and sequestration. These are both important requirements…

Pasture seeds distributed in Narok

Narok Farmers are relieved after the county government gave out pasture seeds worth Sh1.8 million. This was done through Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme Phase…

Turkana irrigation site handover

Turkana irrigation site handover CEC Phillip Aemun from the Turkana County Agriculture saw over the location handover for the proposed Kapelbok Spate irrigation project in…

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…

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…