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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Ever Heard of Fuerte Avocados and how to grow them?

Fuerte Avocado farming

Avocado farming is an interesting venture when done as an agribusiness. Avocado has a high demand in the local and international markets. Fuerte avocado requires little care and hence ideal even for small scale farmers. Ecological requirements of Grwowing Fuerte Avocado Temperatures: The optimum temperatures for fuerte avocado growth range from 200C – 300C. They are sensitive to extremely high or low temperatures and do not tolerate frost. Rainfall: Fuerte avocado plants grow well in moderate and well-distributed rainfall. In dry areas, they can be grown under irrigation. However, they…

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What You Should Know About Custard Apple (Matomoko)Farming in Kenya

Custard apple farming

Custard apple farming is gaining attention from a large number of farmers since it’s highly profitable. Farmers in in different parts of the country are shifting from traditional crops to custard apple. With a ready market and premium prices in the international market, the venture can be highly remunerative. Ecological requirements Rainfall: The crop thrives in moderate and well-distributed rainfall. However, it withstands heavy rainfall and drought. This means that it can be grown under irrigation in dry areas. Temperature:The plant thrives in temperatures ranging from 150C – 300C. Custard…

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Tips on How to Grow Pears in Kenya

One of the joys of the season is biting a juicy pear. Commercial pear farming can be a lucrative agribusiness that only a small number has ventured in. Upon establishment, the plants require little care. Retailing at competitive prices in the local and export markets, pears can be a good source of income. Ecological requirements Climatic Conditions Temperatures: Pears flourish in cool regions with temperatures ranging from 150C to 320C. In warm and dry regions, pear farming requires regular irrigation, fertilization, and continuous optimization of pollination. Rainfall: The plants require…

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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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Earn Ksh500,000 Per Acre/ Year by Growing Pawpaw

One acre under Pawpaw can hold 450 plants at a spacing of 3 by 3 Meters. Let’s now take an approximation of one pawpaw plant producing a minimum of 50 fruits sold at the farm at a price of KSh 25 per fruit. The gross returns per acre during the year will be 450X50X25 = 562500. The total cost of establishing such an orchard is approximately 100,000 with production expected only in the second year. From the second year onward, the plantation can offer returns of regarding KSh four 562,000…

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Cultivation of Mangoes in Kenya

The mango industry in Kenya has expanded considerably over recent years, not only in size but also in the geographical location of commercial and homestead plantings. Mango is one of the most important fruit crops in the tropical and subtropical lowlands. It is native to India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Malaysia, but can be found growing in more than 60 other countries throughout the world. Also Read: Why Record Keeping is Important in Fruit Farming Counties Where Mangoes can be grown in Kenya No longer is commercial mango cultivation restricted to…

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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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Passion Fruit Farming: How to get 15-20 tonnes per hectare

Passion fruit, a climbing vine, may be a versatile crop whose demand is growing in  export as well as domestic markets. The fruit are often eaten fresh or consumed after extracting the pulp and creating juice. The juice is used in a very  many forms of products and also the pulp could also be added to completely different dishes. A large range of cosmetic merchandise and food flavours are derived from the fruit that’s made in Vitamins A and C and carotene. Varieties Yellow and purple varieties exist. Purple varieties…

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Pruning, Hedging and Topping Mature Hass Avocado Trees

sustainable hass avocado farming in kenya

The need and desirability to prune or control the growth of mature avocado trees has been a matter of debate for many years. We have found that pruning does not increase fruit yield in Kenya. Continual and severe pruning generally stimulates vegetative growth at the expense of fruiting, so pruning should be done only when absolutely necessary. There are, however, situations in all avocado-growing areas where tree control by pruning is necessary and desirable. Reasons for Pruning To reduce harvest costs. Increasing harvest costs are becoming a major factor in…

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