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Research find fertilisers & certified seeds have biggest impact on Kenyan maize yield

By George Munene Researchers from the University of Delaware have shown that Kenyan smallholder farmers have the most significant increase in the yields of rainfed maize through fertiliser application and the use of certified seeds. According to the paper, other notable contributors to productivity were; nearness to markets, size of farmland, and access to extension …

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Kenya, Chinese collab shows maize yield increases 50% with proper practices

By George Munene Joint research between Chinese and Kenyan scientists has shown that small-holder farmers can increase their maize yield by 50 per cent through proper agronomic practices like weeding, pest and disease control, and proper spacing without altering the crop’s genetic makeup. The research conducted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s Modern …

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Expert advice: What to consider to avoid losses during artificial insemination

Checking breed records before artificial insemination (AI) services can increase farmers’ chances of getting the anticipated offspring results by more than 60 percent, saving them from spiraled losses and dismal production. Elizabeth Mugera, a Nairobi County livestock officer, said mischievous AI providers may take advantage of the trust of farmers and offer expired semen. ”It …

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Kericho maize farmer raises output by 30 bags/acre replacing fertilisers with manure

By George Munene By halving inorganic fertiliser use from 75kg of DAP to 35kg per acre and applying manure instead, agronomist Hedmond Morit says he’s helped a maize farmer in Kipkelion, Kericho County move from harvesting an average of 10 bags an acre to a whooping 40 bags. Some of the 10 acres of double-cob …

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Dryland farmers increase milk, lower cost through camel & goat dairy farming

By George Munene Farmers in north sub-Saharan Africa’s drylands are able to raise milk production with lower inputs by shifting from cattle to camel and goat farming. The report outlined that increasing goat and camel populations by 14 per cent (7.7 million) and 10 per cent (1.2 million), respectively while reducing the dairy cattle population …

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