Plant Health

What to do when selecting maize seed

Isolate a small portion of land whenever you want to try a new maize variety. Plant and observe it and only go into full production when sure that the variety can do well in your region. This avoids the risk of planting new varieties without the full knowledge of their performance.

Be careful when buying maize seed this season

For optimum crop production, selection of the right inputs is very important. One of the most important inputs for the farmer this season is maize seeds. A good knowledge of the right seeds for the various climatic regions enables farmers attain a good yield and income.

Sunflower is a good source of animal feed

Sunflower provides high quality feed for livestock, it also produces healthy oil for people. Most dairy farmers may not know the value of sunflower as feed for dairy cows and even chickens. The main source of feed for dairy cows is Napier grass, maize stalks and hay.

New pest threatens potato production in Kenya

Kenya has been invaded by a new potato pest that threatens to cut production by more than 80 per cent unless urgent measures are taken to control it. The pest has been identified in a few countries in North and West Africa, and in Europe, North and South America.

The best way to grow orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

The potential for production of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in Kenya stands at 4.8 tonnes per acre. However, farmers get only 1.12 per acre. Though many causes are to blame for low productivity, unavailability of quality planting material is the most important.

Maize seed can transmit Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN)

Research has shown that maize seeds may contain the viruses that cause Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease and can transfer the disease through seeds to farms. This poses great danger to food security in the country and neighbouring countries.

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are nutritious

Sweet potato farming is getting popular in most parts of the country. In Western Kenya, many farmers are finding the crop a good alternative to sugarcane. They see it as a source of money and nutrition for their families. Hence, their is growing demand for planting material.

Yellow maize is good for people and livestock

Although yellow maize is more nutritious than white maize, Kenyans consider it food for poor people since it is often brought into the country as relief food for starving people. Yet it can be a food option for people, even as it is used majorly for livestock. 

Get good harvest with climbing beans

Unlike other bean varieties, climbing beans give more yields and can be harvested continuously for up to 4 months giving farmers more yields and income. Bean is one of the cheapest source of protein for rural households in Kenya.

Harvest early and store your maize well

Farmers in Africa lose 15 to 40 per cent of their maize harvest due to late harvesting and poor storage of the grain. They can easily reduce these losses if they harvest their produce on time and store it properly. Early harvesting prevents crop from pest infestation in the field.

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