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Tea Farmers receive their payment from KDTA

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) instituted a number of changes at the end of last year, for example, payments of farmers moved from the…

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…

Vermicomposting coffee waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser

Relief is in the offing for coffee factories in Kenya, which have been struggling with mounds of coffee wastes in their compound. This is following…

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…

Walking the talk: civil servant transforms rugged land into paradise

Their shamba is a prototype of Israel, a tiny Middle East nation, which through the use of good agricultural practices, regulations and scientific innovation, has…

How to grow Bixa Orellana

It is found on almost every farm in most parts of Kwale and Lamu counties, where it has been grown for several decades. Along the…

How to take a dairy farming loan, and what you need to know.

Perhaps you have all the money you need to start your new farm business. If so, good luck. If not, then you will have to…

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…

What is Embryo Transfer and why you should use it

ET is a dairy breeding technology where proven genetically superior cows are assisted to produce several calves within a short period. It involves two processes:…

Farmers should embrace machinery for better profits

Research and records show that farm mechanisation comes with a couple of advantages and benefits. They include the following: Saving inputs Mechanisation saves inputs such…

Planning your farm for success

We start this agribusiness section with an article, describing what successful entrepreneurs tend to be and do. Here, we look at what is important in…

Challenges facing Farmers and Possible Remedies

If you eat food, then what happens to the farmer should, indeed, interest you. We all enjoy nice, warm, hearty meals but, for the farmer…

How to plant managu

PREPARING MANAGU SEEDS FOR SALE AND STORAGE Soak the managu seeds in water for two days to soften the outer covering. Crush them using your…

Brachiaria grass, a ‘wonder grass’ for livestock

Indigenous dairy cows and crosses have lower milk production, yield­ing between one and10 liters daily compared to exotic breeds such as Friesians and Jerseys that…