Environment Health

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.

Farmers in Western Kenya embrace carbon credits

News that farmers in the country would benefit from a climate change initiative by planting trees to earn carbon credits created euphoria a few years ago. There have been rumours that farmers in Western Kenya are making a lot of money from the carbon credits.

Compost making should be a continuous process

Farmers can help restore and build soil fertility in their farms if they can make compost preparation an integral part of their farming. In an organic farming system, compost is never enough. It is a continour process for soil improvement.

Organic fertilizers have many benefits to your crops

It is time for planting again and farmers are struggling to buy inputs for use in planting maize, beans and other crops. Apart from seeds, the other most important input is fertilizer. Of course, many farmers planting maize will buy Diammonium Phosphate (DAP).

Conservation agriculture improves yields

Changes in climate and world populations have made it necessary for farmers to adopt better agricultural methods to increase crop yields and income over the long term. Farmers should consider adopting conservation agriculture.

Tithonia can improve soil fertility on the farm

One of the major problems facing crop production in Kenya is declining soil fertility. According to Ms. Mary Gathara, a research scientist at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Soil Chemistry Department, many Kenyan soils are deficient in nitrogen and phosphorous.

Choose the type of biogas system you need

The choice of biogas system depends on its cost, durability and ease of maintenance. Farmers can choose the system that best suits their pockets. Any farmer with one to three dairy cows housed in a zero grazing unit can collect enough cow dung for biogas production.

Why every farmer should have a biogas unit

Biogas is a cheap source of energy that also reduces the destruction of trees while producing high quality organic fertilizer that farmers can use to improve crop yields. It is a clean source of energy. It's use both environmental and human health benefits.

Bamboo can transform the environment

Bamboo trees can protect the soil, purify water, provide firewood and used to make many products. Although Kenyan farmers know and plant many types of trees, very few of them plant bamboo, yet the tree is one of the most valuable among the tree species in the country.

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