Urea can soften dry fodder for animals

Most farmers rely on maize stalks and other crop residue to feed their dairy cows during the dry season. It can be made easier to chew by adding urea to soften it. But farmers have to use the right quantity of urea as excess amounts can cause sudden death.

Earn more from tree tomato production

There are very few farmers who grow tree tomatoes for the market. Tree tomatoes are easy to grow, resistant to diseases and in great demand. Tree tomato is a small, half woody plant with shallow roots. It grows to an average height of 3.5 - 5.0 m depending on the variety.

Prevent blight in your tomatoes and potatoes

A farmers’ group wants to know how they can control early and late blight in tomatoes and potatoes. We give information on the two common crop diseases that occur during the wet season. This will help farmers prevent the diseases early enough.

A cow with high milk production

Fleckvieh is a hardy breed that can resist diseases, eats less and produces more high quality milk. Kenyan dairy farmers are used to the common exotic breeds of dairy cows such as the Holstein-Fresians, Ayrshire, Guernsey or even Jerseys.

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.

Organic farming maintains soil fertility

Organic methods of production can sustain soil fertility and increase crop yields. Inorganic fertilizers cause soil acidity. Soil is one of the most important resources on the farm, both in crop and even in animal production.

Farmers go for productive chicken breed

The shortage of Kenbro chicks has led to a situation where farmers breed their own Kenbro stock and sell to other farmers. The demand for cross breeds is making companies that breed and sell day-old-chicks as they are not able to meet this demand.

How to improve indigenous chicken

Indigenous poultry production can be increased through proper breeding. Apart from selecting good breeds, the quantity and quality of chicken feed matters. The majority of Kenyan farmers rear indigenous chickens.

Prepare fodder early, for the dry season

Livestock farmers face problems in getting fodder and pasture for their animals. They can can avoid dry fodder shortages by conserving it when it is plenty during the wet season, this by planning ahead to determine their requirements and take conservation measures.

Sorghum is good fodder for livestock

Sorghum can grow well in areas with less rain and produces the same amount of fodder as maize. Sorghum was one of the most important food crops in Africa in the past. Over the years, farmers have abandoned it in favour of maize and other food crops.

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