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Care for your calf for good milk production

A calf is your future cow. If well fed it will grow into a healthy high milk yielding dairy cow that will give you a good income. It is very important for a dairy farmer to consider three key issues to raise the desired number of productive future members of their dairy herd.

Know the best time to inseminate your cow

Timely service of a cow on heat determines the success of conception and ensures that a cow’s calving cycle is attained, which is good for the productivity of dairy cows. Most farmers serve their dairy cows too early or even too late, resulting in failed conception.

Adopt push-pull farming technology for multiple benefits

Over the years, push–pull farming technology has been addressing critical concerns of small holder cereal and livestock farmers. These farmers face many challenges including poor soils, managing pressure of pests and striga parasitic weeds (nicknamed the witch weed), poor yields, and low milk production due to shortage of high-quality livestock fodder.

Improved green grams hold hope for farmers

For a very long time, farmers have been complaining of the rapid reduction in green grams yields. But now a group of farmers is smiling all the way to the bank. Research institutes like KALRO have been working tirelessly to ensure farmers have green gram varieties with much higher yields than the local green gram varieties.

Protect crops against pests and diseases naturally

Chemicals are easy to use as protection against pests and diseases but they cause great harm to humans, animals, beneficial organisms and the environment. Natural crop protection methods are safer and cheaper for farmers.

Take good care of seedlings to grow into maturity

Young seedlings of trees or vegetables need great care to ensure they grow into strong and healthy trees and crops.

Farmers raise alarm on falling potato production

For 40 years, Danson Gitau, a farmer in Kahuho village in Karati, Nyandarua County successfully produced potatoes and managed to get very good yields. Like many farmers in his village, potatoes have been his main source of income.

For a good harvest, weed control is important

Keeping your crop free of weeds is critical in good farm management. Farmers should plan their farm activities well so that they do weeding at the right time and in the right way. Weeds use the nutrients that your crop needs to grow.

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Organic production is possible in a greenhouse

Is it possible to do organic greenhouse farming? Yes, it is possible to produce crops organically using a greenhouse. Production, however, requires a lot of care to prevent and control common crop diseases and pests in the greenhouse.

Farmers can earn more by adding value to sweet potato

Sweet potato has been described in many communities especially those in dry areas as the ‘king of crops’ because of its ever increasing demand. The most favourite drought resistant, hardy crops grow mostly in marginal areas, thus contributing to improved food security and additional income to farmers.

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