Build your beef farming enterprise gradually

The article ‘Raise bull calves and sell them for meat’ generated interest from readers. Many of the enquirers wanted to know the breeds suited for beef, what feeding options are available to farmers, and general information on what it takes to establish a beef rearing enterprise.

Protect your animals from Rift Valley Fever

Eggs from mosquitos that cause the Rift Valley Fever can survive for several years under dry conditions. They then hatch and increase mosquito populations especially in low-lying areas that flood during heavy rains. Farmers must be aware and take preventive measures.

Harvest early to reduce aflatoxin contamination

Heavy rains at the time of maize harvesting have serious effects on the quality of maize. Some varieties of maize open their ears too early; if it starts raining, the water goes into the maize cob causing rotting. Pests also easily enter the maturing maize cob and destroy it before it is harvested.

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Choose right onion varieties to avoid viral disease

Are you an onion farmer and you have failed to get good yields from your onion crop due to a strange disease? Research now shows that the seed varieties you have been buying for planting could be susceptible to Iris Yellow Spot virus (IYSV) disease, which is transmitted by thrips.

Raise bull calves and sell them for meat

A number of TOF readers have asked if it is possible to start a beef enterprise using bull calves from dairy farms. Beef farming is a profitable venture because of the huge demand for beef which is currently not being met through local production.

Fair trade protects farmers from exploitation

For decades, farmers have difficulties especially in marketing of farm produce. Many have been exploited especially because of the traditional way of agribusiness, where making profit is more important than safeguarding the livelihoods of farmers.

Sweet stevia turns bitter for Kenyan farmers

When Kibet Tanui, a tea farmer in Kabianga Division of Kericho County, heard that a new cash crop was being introduced in his area, he was excited and accompanied fellow farmers in his village to attend a meeting organized by a multinational company.

Use earthworms to improve soil fertility

Compost making is important in any organic farm. Farmers can improve the quality of the compost they make using earthworms which help produce high quality compost that has more nutrients than ordinary compost to nourish crops and enable them to grow well.

How to build up a meat goat flock

A meat goat enterprise creates cash income from the sale of extra kids and culled adults. When starting, a good understanding of goats and the goat market will enable you to adapt a suitable production plan that includes appropriate breeds, numbers and farm size.

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Incubators improve poultry production

More and more farmers are discovering the advantage of using egg incubators. They want to improve poultry keeping; some even try to commercialize this business. The venture is highly profitable as there is a big demand for chickens.

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