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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How well-planned are you for tree fruit farming this season?

Before planting your first fruit tree, you should conduct your own research regarding production, marketing, and financing the enterprise. When considering tree fruit production, careful planning and research is critical to your success. There are many considerations you should address and some of these may be a few months in advance of planting your first tree. Your first consideration should be your marketing plan. How do you intend to sell your fruit? You may be considering wholesale markets however; do you have enough acreage to produce the volume to be…

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Why Record Keeping is Important in Fruit Farming

  Production record-keeping is an important task for any fruit or crop farm, whether small, medium or large. Currently, government agencies, lenders, and insurance companies are requiring better and more accurate records. Not only bushels per acre, income and expenses, but also weather records are becoming increasingly necessary. An important tool for any Fruit or crop production farming operation, regardless of size, is having and maintaining a recordkeeping system for crop production. A common question that often gets asked is why should I keep production records? There are several reasons…

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Drip irrigation in fruits

Drip irrigation is a micro irrigation method in which the rate of water application is very low and without any pressure. i.e., drop by drop.  Drip irrigation is based on the basic concept of irrigation only the roots zone of crop, rather than the entire land surface on which the crop is grown. Water flows from the emission points through the soil by capillarity and gravity. The soil moisture content of the crop root zone is maintained at near optimum level to facilitate optimum crop growth and production. Drip irrigation…

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