Pepino melons (solanum muricatum) facts

Pepino melons (solanum muricatum) facts Pepino melons have been grown since 1889 in South America bt came to the Kenyan market in 2013.It is important in the body for the following reasons, _Has lots of vitamin A,C,K and B,proteins,iron and copper which helps in healthy immune system,potassium which lowers blood pressure and calcium for strong bones. _Had soluble fiber that helps in lowering cholesterol and easing digestion.They are an excellent source of fiber.Fiber is a type of carbohydrate your body does not digest.The fiber in the melons slows digestion helping…

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EXPORT OPPOTUNITIES FOR MANGOES

Kenyan mangoes have a ripe market in Japan As the mango harvesting season approaches, farmers should be looking at export prospects as a way of making better earnings than they have been by selling them locally. Ministry of Agriculture officer Samuel Mburu says the surplus production of mango fruits during peak season of December-March has often been linked with losses on the part of farmers, who fail to select their markets well. Farmers and vendors often sell their produce at throw-away prices for fear of losses, occasioned by the perishable…

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BEST METHOD OF PLANTING HASS AVOCADO

HASS AVOCADO  PLANTING a) PLANTING AND BRINGING THE TREE TO BEARING When planning a new orchard, the following aspects need to be involved: soil type, climate and availability of irrigation water, management skills and cultivar to be planted. b) ORCHARD LAYOUT AND SPACING • Set in a rectangular system that allows for movement of orchard equipment between the trees for spraying and harvesting. • Pruning may be required • Spacing of hass avocado can vary from 5m * 5m to 9m* 5m but the final decision rests with the grower.…

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HOW TO IRRIGATE HASS AVOCADO TREE

HASS AVOCADO  IRRIGATION. 1) WHEN TO IRRIGATE The most efficient way to water is to apply water when it begins to show signs of stress from lack of water. It’s paramount to avoid water stress unless it’s by design to induce it; lest one may incur massive crop loss on both quantity and quality. The following signs are indications of water stress; • Footprints or tire tracks that remain in the grass long after being made • Many leaf blades folded in half. • If a soil sample sought from…

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PEPINO MELON FARMING IN A GREENHOUSE

Did you know that pepino melons can be grown in a greenhouse? An 8m by 30m greenhouse can be planted between 300-500 seedlings.The expected output is 100% more than those grown in the open field. Pepino melons are also 100% more profitable than the normal crops grown in a greenhouse. They have a lifespan of more than 3 years in a greenhouse. They are also good for rotation in a greenhouse to reduce pest and diseases. They require less capital to manage as they are grown organically. Put your greenhouse…

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Earn more than 10 million per acre with 40k investment.

Earn more than 10 million per acre with 40k investment. Project: Hass avocado, contract farming Cost: 40000 What’s in 40k: Free consultancy soil Testing 150 hass avocado seedlings at a spacing of 17*17ft, digging of holes 2ft by 2ft, manure application, delivery of seedlings and planting, monitoring for the three months. Market connection. We start by first coming to your farm location to monitor it and doing soil analysis to ensure that the project will be successful. The best time to do the project is during the rainy season either…

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AVOCADO PRUNNING AND ITS IMPORTANCE

HASS AVOCADO AVOCADO PRUNNING AND ITS IMPORTANCE Pruning is an essential operation that ensures that trees in an orchard remain economically viable. Reasons for pruning include: a) Promote light penetration into the trees thus keeping the shoots alive. b) Maintain the frame work hence training for size and shape for effective light utilization, air movement and manage tree height. c) Maintain size and shape for optimal tree and orchard management eg, tractors can move within the orchard with ease. d) Encourage regular shoot and branch renewal, rejuvenating growth ensuring availability…

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COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES IN AVOCADO

HASS AVOCADOS COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES IN AVOCADO • It is good to note that avocado orchards enjoy natural enemies (predators and parasites) that are able to maintain a biological balance. • Cultural control is also effective depending on the level of infestation. • When both the cultural and the biological control system are not working, selective use of chemical insecticides to control pests and diseases is necessary. • This approach is referred to as IPM. a) MOSQUITO BUGS (Helopeltis schountedeni) – stainers a. THE ADULT MOSQUITO BUG: • Feeds…

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Avocado the new cash crop in our farms

The most important crop to me now is avocado of the hass variety. The fruit has a limitless market in Europe. It is bigger than coffee. One properly watered tree of hass avocado can give you 1,000 fruits a year, which comes to Sh8,000. Relief seeds is far more helpful than relief food. With the poorest soil conditions, the 2kg should be able to give us three to five bags. To increase the market for farmers, we have also launched the Murang’a County Schools Milk Programme. Pupils from nursery to…

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