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Seed selection important during planting season

The planting season is here again and as farmers prepare their land for planting, there are crucial decisions to make to ensure a rewarding harvest. The following are the stages to follow to ensure a bumper harvest:

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Cassava is an important food crop that farmers forgot

The production of maize and other crops has led to many farmers abandoning important crops such as cassava. In many parts of Kenya, farmers now rely on maize, potatoes, wheat, beans or rice as their main sources of food. Due to these modern trends, important tuber and cereal crops such as cassava and millet have been abandoned and are now regarded as orphan or forgotten crops.

Feed your dairy cow well to get a healthy calf

Animal nutritionists say that when you are feeding a pregnant dairy cow, you are feeding two animals (the cow and the developing calf in its uterus). What this simply means is that when a cow is incalf (pregnant) it needs adequate and balanced feed that is enough to meet her body maintenance and also that of the calf inside her.

Improve your earnings from indigenous chickens

Unlike in the past when most consumers in urban areas preferred to eat broilers, today consumers both in rural and urban areas have a high demand for local chicken more than broilers. Most food outlets in both urban and rural areas are often flooded with consumers demanding local chicken.

Harvesting maize early reduces loss

Harvesting seasons usually pose a big challenge to farmers who do not plan well in advance. One of the major hurdles may be insufficient timing and lack of resources, especially labour. As a result, a lot of time is wasted as farmers look for money to pay for harvesting.

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How to make sweet potato vine silage for pigs

Many farmers spend huge sums of money to buy feeds for their pigs. However, the feed costs can be drastically reduced if farmers can learn how to make sweet potato vines silage which has been proved to be nutritious and palatable to pigs. If sweet potato vines are well-prepared and preserved they can be a good supplement for pigs.

Rear healthy productive pigs that will give you good income

Every new born baby requires good care for their comfort. They require nice warm rooms, clean beds to sleep, clean nappies every few hours, milk to feed on whenever they need it. The same applies to piglets. In order to maximize performance of piglets for successful weaning, it is important to note and adhere to the following tips.

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Control onion diseases for more yields

Onions grow well under many different conditions. But when grown in the rainy season, onions have a greater chance of contracting diseases. Onions get more diseases in warm humid weather and your onions are more likely to get infected in the parts of your field where there is water logging.

How to register your dairy cows with the KSB

To upgrade your dairy cows, you have to apply for registration with the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization (KLBO). We provide the registration process below:

• The dairy farmer or company fills the Kenya Stud Book application form, which gives details on the breed of livestock kept, your contacts, physical location of the farm.

Fish require quality feed for healthy growth

Most communities in Kenya enjoy eating fish. It is an important source of animal protein. Fish provides food, generates income and remains a crucial part of many rural livelihoods especially those living in the Western and coastal regions of Kenya and even parts of central Kenya where many farmers have put up fish ponds.

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