Peeling Off Your Money From Banana Farming

Simple Guide Smallscale farmers in Kenya can double the size of their banana bunches from 40 to 45kg – 80 to 100kgs by using health suckers from a clean, disease free orchard and inter-cropping with compatible crops such as beans. Kenya has over 500,000 small holder banana farmers with 1.5% of Kenya’s total arable land. Over 80% of most East Africans rely on banana for income and food with the global market for the crop totaling to some 5B dollars a year. Banana farming requires minimum effort but farmers should…

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Oxfarm seedlings

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits on earth. In Kenya, the fruit is expansively cultivated for income generation and as a staple food by various local communities. However, the main predicament with banana farming in Kenya is that they are easily affected by diseases that reduce the yield and lead to sustenance and profit loss to the farmer. Diseases and pests that affect banana farming in Kenya include Fusarium Wilt and Sigatoka, weevils and nematodes, and bacterial infections such as bacterial Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW). Additionally, viruses such as…

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You Love Bananas? Scientists Say You Should Prepare to Live Without Them

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  The banana has become central to so many breakfasts. It’s also often seen at lunches. And who could forget Tiger Woods in his heyday scoffing bananas on the golf course for energy? Bananas are substantial. They’re supposed to be good for you, even if some nutritionists think they’re something of a sugar-bomb. Now there’s a problem. Bananas are dying. As the Washington Post reports, a banana-attacking fungus called Fusarium Wilt has been assaulting…

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