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November 2016

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Mulberry leaves offer livestock double Napier grass proteins

A strawberry farmer, who sells mulberry leaves for therapeutic use, displays her product at the Nairobi International Agricultural Society of Kenya Show on October 8,2016.Mulberry leaves offer double proteins to animals than common Napier grass.  PHOTO BY LABAN ROBERT. Farmers growing mulberry fodder offer double proteins to livestock than those relying on most Napier grass …

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Controlled containers boost Kenyan avocado export market

An 83-year-old multiple-fruit Machakos County farmer Muia Kusenga inspects avocado fruits on July 22, 2016. Controlled atmosphere containers have expanded Kenya’s avocado export market. PHOTO BY LABAN ROBERT. New markets have opened up for Kenyan avocado farmers after the exporters adopted the use of controlled atmosphere (CA) containers to ship out the fruit to Europe, …

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Farmers access loans with stored grains

Officers inspect fertiliser in an Eldoret Depot.Storing grains in warehouses can help farmers access farm input and other expenses credit facilities. PHOTO BY BUSINESS DAILY. Farmers storing maize and other grains in warehouses can access farm inputs and emergency credit facilities of more than 70 per cent against their cereal value from agro-dealers and banks. …

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Humic acid doubles crop harvest

A Kitale farmer measures his hand against a maturing maize. he grew the maize using DI Grow organic fertiliser from Dynapharm. Application of humic acid can double farm yields. PHOTO: COURTESY. Farmers applying organic fertilisers containing humic acid my boost harvests by 50 per cent as a result of enhanced uptake of essential elements that …

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