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Farmers reduce crop loss, raise incomes, through early warning SMS alerts

Smallholder farmers in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia who received Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) SMS alerts are benefitting from reduced crop losses and higher incomes compared to farmers who did not. PRISE was developed in 2017 using earth observation data by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI).  It allows farmers …

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Factsheet: A-Z of cabbage farming

Cabbages have long been a favourite among farmers due to their relatively low cost of production and rapid maturation, at just three months. However, with food supply chains now far more local as a result of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, prices are varying sharply between regions, seeing farmers venture into crops that were previously coming …

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85% of smallholder farmers lack information on lucrative markets-Report

Small holder farmers, who account for 90 per cent of the agricultural output in Africa, are extremely poor, because of poor market information for their produce, a study by the Agricultural Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) say.The report revealed that 85 per cent of smallholder farmers lack information and connectivity to lucrative markets at provincial, …

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Livestock farmers make ‘super’ silage adding sweet potato to Napier grass

Livestock farmers can boost the Napier grass protein content by including sweet potato vines as well as storage roots in making ‘super’ silage. The commonest Napier grass varieties have a crude protein content of between 7 per cent and 8.5 per cent. In making use of the vines and non-commercially usable storage roots after harvesting, …

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Homabay vegetable farmer doubles earnings through double dug drip irrigation

Charles Oloo, a vegetable farmer in Homa Bay County earns Sh7500 a week up from Sh3000 from harvesting five bags of cabbage, a factor he attributes to the double dug drip irrigation. “Double dug drip irrigation involves digging trenches to conserve water, adding manure, maize straws, wheat straws, finger straws and banana leaves, as vegetables …

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