The best way to grow orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

The potential for production of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in Kenya stands at 4.8 tonnes per acre. However, farmers get only 1.12 per acre. Though many causes are to blame for low productivity, unavailability of quality planting material is the most important.

How to make your own pig feed on the farm

A bag of pig feed costs more than KSh 3,000 in the market. Feeds take up to 80 per cent of pig production costs. Farmers can make their own feeds and sell surplus feed to other farmers. What they need is to know the rations of mixing the different ingredients.

Maize seed can transmit Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN)

Research has shown that maize seeds may contain the viruses that cause Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease and can transfer the disease through seeds to farms. This poses great danger to food security in the country and neighbouring countries.

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are nutritious

Sweet potato farming is getting popular in most parts of the country. In Western Kenya, many farmers are finding the crop a good alternative to sugarcane. They see it as a source of money and nutrition for their families. Hence, their is growing demand for planting material.

Sick calves - what farmers can do?

A good dairy cow was a well-fed and healthy calf while young. A sick calf grows into a poor cow. Dairy farmers ought to play closer attention to raising healthy calves that will grown into healthy heifers and eventually healthy cows able to produce milk for many lactations.

Improving fodder quality with legumes

The cost of feed concentrates has increased and it takes up a good part of the dairy farmer’s earnings. Adding legumes in fodder production and preparation can help cut down feed costs and improve profits. Legunes provide fodder for livestock and improve soil fertility.

Yellow maize is good for people and livestock

Although yellow maize is more nutritious than white maize, Kenyans consider it food for poor people since it is often brought into the country as relief food for starving people. Yet it can be a food option for people, even as it is used majorly for livestock. 

Get good harvest with climbing beans

Unlike other bean varieties, climbing beans give more yields and can be harvested continuously for up to 4 months giving farmers more yields and income. Bean is one of the cheapest source of protein for rural households in Kenya.

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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