TIPS TOWARDS RELISHING THE OPULENCE IN FRUIT FARMING

Did you know that you do not need to have a big farm so as to be able start fruit farming? Unlike vegetable farming, fruit farming can be done anywhere and everywhere as in every climatic region there is a fruit that performs best there. So often many farmers always incur losses simply because of one common mistake, and that is starting a project without carrying out research about the product they are investing in. In Kenya, we have diverse fruit varieties which have specific regions in which they do…

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What really is Organic Farming?

Types, Principles, Methods and Importance Organic farming is the method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. In other words, it is referred to as, low input farming and uses natural sources of nutrients. These sources of nutrients include compost, crop residues and manure, and natural methods of crop and weed control, instead of using synthetic or inorganic agrochemicals. OBJECTIVES OF ADOPTING ORGANIC FARMING Organic farming may be adopted, to; Increase genetic diversity. Promote…

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Why Grafted Fruit Tree Seedlings?

Grafting is the process of bringing together the tree with the strongest roots, and marrying it to the one with the best quality fruit.A piece of the tree with known good “upper” characteristics (i.e. good fruit, leaves, flowers etc.) is physically joined to a selected seedling (with a strong healthy root-system). Grafted fruit have the following advantages; Quality Fruit With a tree seedling, you never know what you are going to get. A seedling may be like its parent, or may be a kickback to some earlier set of genes provided…

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Drip Irrigation system and its benefits

papaya drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is a form of micro-irrigation that has the potential to save lots of water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from the soil surface or buried below the surface. The goal is to position water directly into the basis zone and minimize evaporation. Drip irrigation systems distribute water through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. Depending on however neat, installed, maintained, and operated it is, a drip irrigation system is more economical than different kinds of irrigation systems,…

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Increase Farm Productivity by conducting Soil Test

Most farmers think that, most yields are achieved through employment of good agricultural practices such as use of certified seeds, proper land preparation as well as fertilizer application. However, soil plays a major role, hence the need to conduct soil test. A research was carried out recently in one of the counties to search out the soil condition for farmers who wanted to plant irish potatoes, maize, green peas, beans and many more. when conducting soil test, two aspects of the soils were examined, namely, soil fertility and the prevalence…

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Governor Mutua: Hass avocados are in super high demand in the world

Avocado farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of young people to venture into. The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado. Hass is a semi-spreading tree requiring at least 5.2m by 5.2m planting distance at maturity. It is a generous bearer of fruit. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua during his benchmarking tour in Nyeri County on Friday. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has…

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Grafting Tree Fruits and Its Benefits

Grafting Tree Fruits and Some Of Its Benefits It can be difficult for farmers to earn their livelihoods from growing only grain crops. That’s why it’s good to learn new methods which increase production to farm our own land. One method is by making a nursery to grow improved fruit tree seedlings. This means you can grow tasty and nutritious fruit on your own land, and at the same time sell or trade extra production to earn cash. There are many methods of joining local wild fruit tree rootstock to…

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The benefits of certified fruit seedlings

certified fruit seedlings

The initial cost of buying certified fruit seedlings can discourage many farmers. Farm generated fruit seedlings is usually a lot cheaper than purchasing seedlings from an external source. So if a farmer’s primary concern is about cost per unit of farm-saved seedlings versus cost per unit of certified seedlings, the equation is simple. Farmers may even say “we’ve always used farm-saved fruit seedlings.” Why invest in something new? But farmers who think a little more recognize that it’s not enough to merely consider the price difference. Farm fruit seedlings requires…

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Why You Should Farm Organically?

As our knowledge of the harmful effects of agricultural chemicals grows, more and more farmers and consumers are rediscovering their organic history, returning to the methods of old, such as plucking insect pests and weeds by hand and hoe, and amending soil with natural fertilizers—compost. The joy in growing your own food is the joy in savoring its delicious flavor and in providing good food for others to enjoy. Discover how to rebuild your garden with an organic foundation and produce the vegetables, fruits and herbs that will nourish your…

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Choosing an Irrigation System For your Fruit Farm

Tree fruit growers may use two types of irrigation systems: solid set sprinklers and drip. Both irrigation systems have their own advantages and disadvantages for a given application. Once a particular type of irrigation system is chosen, an irrigation equipment dealer or a qualified agricultural officer can help you customize it for the particular orchard block and fruit crop. Solid Set Sprinklers With this system, laterals are buried in the tree rows with a riser and impact sprinkler exposed above ground. These systems are full coverage systems that apply water…

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