Plant Health

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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How to harvest and store onions.

A number of farmers have asked how they can prolong the shelf life of their onion harvest as they look for markets. A large percentage of their harvest is lost, especially during the rainy season. Below, TOF provides tips on how farmers can reduce such losses through proper drying and storing of onions.

A new bag that protects grains from destructive pests

Like metal drum silos used for grain storage, the PICS bag is sealed tightly and pests in the grains cannot survive for long as they are deprived of oxygen. This presents an opporunity for farmers to prevent post harvest losses, particularly of grains.

Short season maize varieties that take around 4 months and less to mature

Farmers often ignore the short rains of between September to December yet it presents an opportunity to take advantage of the short season crops to boost their food reserves or build surplus for the market. The following are short season maize varieties that farmers can make use of.

Where to buy quality potato seed for planting

There is an acute shortage of clean, disease free potato seed in the country. The following selected seed producers have good quality seed that farmers can buy and multiply their potato seed through positive seed selection method.

Prevention the best weapon against wilt

It is easy to control bacterial wilt disease and increase potato production if farmers can take a few measures to ensure their farms are not infected. The disease poses the greatest threat to potato production in the country, and by extension farmers' livelihoods.

Farmers can easily increase their beans yield

If managed in the right way, farmers can get more bean yields, improve their soils and income. Farmers are about to start planting beans for the short rains. If they do it well, they stand to get good yields. Beans is also good for improving soil fertility.

Fertility requirements in banana production

Bananas can be very productive if well fed and managed. They tend to do well with frequent application of farmyard manure from cattle, pigs, goats and chickens. Farmers can also use well composited manure, which has been preserved well so that it doesn't lose nutrients.

Avocados can give you good income

Avocado is an important commercial fruit in Kenya both for local and export markets. There are three main types of avocado trees which are suitable for different altitudes. Check which avocado varieties do best under your specific local conditions.

Bacterial wilt a big threat to potato growing

Adoption of crop rotation is the main solution in the fight against the destructive potato disease. Although it continues to destroy potatoes countrywide, very many farmers are yet to understand what bacterial wilt is, how it is spread and how to control it.

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