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Eating well for the whole family

Eating well is vital for a healthy and active life. Most people know that we need to eat in order to have the strength to work. However, to many people, it is not clear what it means to eat well within their circumstances.

Know more about Foot Pad Dermatitis in poultry

Foot Pad Dermatitis is a common problem of chicken reared under intensive housing systems but farmers ignore it due to lack of knowledge. Foot Pad Dermatitis (FPD) also known as foot burn is a common condition amongst commercially reared turkey poults (young turkeys) and broilers.

Use dry season to prepare fodder planting material

It is not easy for farmers to get enough cuttings or rootstocks for planting fodder in large portions of land. One way to deal with this is to establish a nursery, which, serves as a multiplication area. This can be done about 2-3 months before the rains.

Know tree diseases and ways to avoid them

Roadside tree nurseries are the major source of tree diseases. Farmers should only buy certified tree seeds and seedlings from licensed tree nurseries and regional centers run by KEFRI and KFS to prevent the transfer of diseases, some of which are difficult to control.

Beware of invasive weed

Discovered in Kenya in the 70s, the Parthenium hyteroporus weed can prevent the germination and growth of other crops. It suppresses livestock pastures, sustains malariacausing mosquitoes and is harmful to humans and the environment.

Role of green manures in soil fertility

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient needed by plants but which is easily lost when the soil is poorly managed. In sustainable agriculture, green manure or cover crops play a major role in improving soil fertility and farm productivity.

How to control mango fruit flies

In East Africa, damage from fruit flies has been reported to range between 40 - 80 % since the invasion by one of the most destructive mango pests – Bactrocera dorsalis. This fruit fly species is the dominant pest in lowland areas such as Keiyo South in Elgeyo Marakwet.

Grow chillies to diversify your sources of income

Chillies (Capsicum frutescens L.), hot pepper or pilipilikali, belongs to the family Solanaceae. They are grown mostly for their fresh fruits used to flavour soups and stews and for seasoning and making sauces. Chillies are rich in vitamin C (100-500mg ascorbic acid/g of fresh fruit).

Fish grow well with proper feeding

Productivity of fishponds can be increased by providing the fish with supplementary food. Manufactured fish feeds available in East Africa are found in one or more of the follow­ing forms: Meal, crumble, dry sinking pellets, moist sinking pellets, and float­ing pellets.

Take advantage of short rains, make silage

With the expected rains, farmers can boost their fodder reserves by using excess crop residue on the farm or plant short season crops. When making silage, the chopped crop is stored in airtight bags, pits or silos. It ferments resulting in the production of acid, which prevents decomposition and growth of unwanted organisms that can spoil the fodder.

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