Conserve adequate fodder for dry season

Feeding the cattle during the dry season needs good planning. A lot of fodder can be conserved and be used to feed the animals between January and April when there is severe fodder shortage. The entire crop residue is collected and conserved well for use as fodder in the dry season.

Harvest early and store your maize well

Farmers in Africa lose 15 to 40 per cent of their maize harvest due to late harvesting and poor storage of the grain. They can easily reduce these losses if they harvest their produce on time and store it properly. Early harvesting prevents crop from pest infestation in the field.

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Feeding dairy cows well for high milk yields

Feeding your animals well increases your income. Dairy cows require a balanced diet for milk production, body maintenance and good health. The animals should have adequate water at all times so the animal can take as much as it needs.

How to harvest and store onions.

A number of farmers have asked how they can prolong the shelf life of their onion harvest as they look for markets. A large percentage of their harvest is lost, especially during the rainy season. Below, TOF provides tips on how farmers can reduce such losses through proper drying and storing of onions.

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.

A new bag that protects grains from destructive pests

Like metal drum silos used for grain storage, the PICS bag is sealed tightly and pests in the grains cannot survive for long as they are deprived of oxygen. This presents an opporunity for farmers to prevent post harvest losses, particularly of grains.

Short season maize varieties that take around 4 months and less to mature

Farmers often ignore the short rains of between September to December yet it presents an opportunity to take advantage of the short season crops to boost their food reserves or build surplus for the market. The following are short season maize varieties that farmers can make use of.

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.

Disease prevention important in chicken rearing

Chickens are very vulnerable to diseases. Farmers can, however, keep away diseases through proper feeding, housing, hygiene and regular vaccinations. Some poultry diseases can wipe out an entire flock or reduce the chickens' production potential.

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