Crop diversity

JKUAT researchers encourage farmers to grow hybrid Chinese millet

Researchers from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Chinese Center for Agricultural Resources Research (CARR) are sensitising farmers on efficiently cultivating and managing the nutritious, high-yielding, drought, and disease-resistant Chinese hybrid foxtail millet.  The millet variety takes about half the time to ripen compared to most local varieties and adapts …

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Fertiliser-free Kisumu Farm Provides Blueprint for Permaculture Farming in Kenya

In a small village in Nyanza area, a farm has caught villagers attention and attracted thousands of visitors from as far as Nairobi keen on learning how it manages to produce bountiful harvest with no fertilizer applied. Yet this is a journey Caleb Omolo, the owner of the farm, has walked through to prove to …

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Ruiru Single Women Farmers Build Day Care Schools With Fresh Farm Proceeds

A group of five single women who benefitted from an organic farming training have managed to build two day care schools in Ruiru at an amount of Sh 700,000 with the proceeds they have gotten from supplying fresh produce to traders at Nairobi‚Äôs Wakulima Market. Having fled their different home due to harassment from their …

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intercropping

Legume inter-cropping doubles traditional crop performance

Farmers growing traditional crops like maize side by side with legumes are recording more than double increase in yields and cutting down on fertilizer spend as legumes fertilize the soils at 20 percent more than synthetic fertilizers. While farmers have long intercropped legumes like beans, cowpeas, groundnuts and pigeon peas with maize and millet, it …

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passion

Fruit farming boon to drought-hit farmers

The adoption of farming different fruits in Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties, famously known as Ukambani or Eastern Kenya region is keeping alive hopes of many farmers from the region which has for years been threatened by poor harvesting. Most parts of the country especially eastern region for instance experienced below-normal rainfall that was mainly …

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Timely planting & climate appropriate seeds help improve arid farmer yields

Farmers in semi-arid areas, knocked by weather patterns are learning new techniques to beat the weather vagaries like planting before the rains start and buying seeds suited for their climate. The techniques which have at times failed remain their only option at the moment. James Mativo from Makaveti Village in Kyanzasu sub-location in Machakos County …

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