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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…

Jack Ma foundation 9 tips for African businesses

Africa’s Business Heroes is a flagship philanthropic programme started by Chinese businessman Jack Ma to support entrepreneurs in Africa and Ms Zahra Baitie-Boateng is the…

Leather industry platform to boost EA trade

By Clifford Akumu The launch of an industry network developed to boost trade in leather and its products among the East African Community (EAC) member…

New means to control spread of Brucellosis in livestock and humans

Brucellosis is among the most important zoonotic diseases. The disease, spreads when one consumes raw contaminated animal products, including milk, or comes into contact with…

Rice farmers tackling destructive Golden Apple Snails

Rice farmers in the Mwea region of Kirinyaga County have been given tips on the management of the snails threatening paddy rice production. The programme…

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 retain lucrative EU rose cut flowers market    

Rose flower farmers need measures to fight against the False Codling Moth (FCM) to retain and expand the lucrative European Union market. Three years ago,…

PAFO and AGRA sign deal to support African smallholder farmers

Smallholder farmers, especially women and youth in Africa will enjoy increased access to productive resources and structured markets thanks to a cooperation and partnership agreement…

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 keep records on your farm

An old adage from my folks can loosely be translated as, ‘businesses fail because of poor accounting’. Contemporary business practices also emphasise the need to…

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…

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