Plant Health

Earn more from chillies through value addition

Do you know that you can earn yourself extra income by adding value to chilli? You can give chilli powder a more pleasant taste and aroma by adding dry ingredients like coriander (dania), garlic, ginger, small fish and salt before crushing in the mill.

Choose right onion varieties to avoid viral disease

Are you an onion farmer and you have failed to get good yields from your onion crop due to a strange disease? Research now shows that the seed varieties you have been buying for planting could be susceptible to Iris Yellow Spot virus (IYSV) disease, which is transmitted by thrips.

Sweet stevia turns bitter for Kenyan farmers

When Kibet Tanui, a tea farmer in Kabianga Division of Kericho County, heard that a new cash crop was being introduced in his area, he was excited and accompanied fellow farmers in his village to attend a meeting organized by a multinational company.

Keep diseases away from your cassava crop

Cassava farmers suffer huge losses due to outbreak of diseases. Proper selection of planting material and good management can prevent common diseases and increase crop yields. Studies have shown that the best way to control diseases is to grow a healthy crop of cassava.

Proper care of crops during growth is important

To get a good harvest, farmers have to exercise high standards of crop management and adopt sustainable farming practices that minimize crop pests and diseases and maintain soil fertility. It is important to plan ahead and get equipped with the right information.

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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.




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