Saturday, March 25, 2017
Tomatoes is the choice crop of most farmers because of the lucrative nature of venture. Farmers into tomato planting are millionaires as every step of the tomato value chain is a money spinner. Farmers plant tomatoes in various ways,some do the natural open field,some the green houses and some others the hydroponics. The method of planting also influences the price tag as the more sophisticated methods attract more money but the bottom line is planting tomatoes is easy and you make money. Value addition is another niche,see how to make money from processing here The easy steps to plant tomatoes and make money,see
Friday, March 24, 2017
A new study has shown that ant hill mulch improves moisture in soil thus increasing organic matter in soil The study undertaken by scientists in China reveals that ants are hardworking and beneficial insects. In the activities of their daily lives, ants help increase air, water flow, and organic matter in soil. The work done by ants even forms a type of mulch that helps hold water in the soil. Ants dwell in the soil, and build their homes by burrowing tiny holes, channels, and chambers. Soil scientists refer to these as macropores. These ants place the soil they are digging out on the soil surface. The tiny clumps seen as an ant hill are what researchers call aggregate mulches. Ants by creating the aggregate mulches, help the soil environment by bringing down food sources from outside. Ant-made aggregate mulches could help retain water in agricultural fields.
Foliar fertilizer is made from rabbit's urine, its ecofriendly and a healthy substitute for regular fertilizers. Peter Kagereki, packages rabbit urine (foliar fertiliser) which he brands as Ecoboost Foliar Fertiliser. He collects urine adds corn starch ,molasses and stores the mixture in a tank for three weeks during which anaerobic reaction takes place. This is basically fermentation which ensures good bacteria remain intact. Foliar fertiliser is organic and thus environmentally friendly. It produces ammonia which acts as a repellent to pests. The fertiliser is absorbed by plants faster as it enters directly through pores unlike others that enter through roots. more
Cabbage farming is a lucrative agribusiness providing income and entrepreneurial opportunities to young farmers. A farmer has found an innovative way to kill worms on his farm using cabbage,Nyamira politician Victor Swanya has found a unique way of controlling the pests, also called root worms, in his farm that has 18 greenhouses. He plants cabbages, potatoes, tomatoes and pepper (both green and red) in his farm and supplies the produce to various supermarkets and other vegetable stores in Nairobi. He says plant-parasitic nematodes can reduce crop harvest by up to 70 per cent. Commonly referred to as root-knot nematodes, these pests are introduced into new areas by infested soil or plants also they can be in the soil attached to tools and equipment that have been used elsewhere. The green leafy cabbage in his farm is no longer sold to the market for consumption but shredded and buried in the farm to control the nematodes. The green leafy cabbage in his farm is no longer sold to the market for consumption but shredded and buried in the farm to control the nematodes.Judy Niikumi, an agronomist in the farm says that when cabbage decomposes, it produces a toxic substance that kills nematodes. She says cabbage is more reliable than other crops such as spinach and sukuma wiki. continue #agribusiness #cabbage #worms #farmers.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities': Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study shows.
Wasted value: Tomato waste backed for development of ‘nutrient rich’ ingredients: Agricultural tomato wastes could be used to produce valuable functional ingredients as part of a sustainable strategy that uses sustainable extraction methods and contributes to a bio-economy, say researchers.
Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi: Fish sauce fortified with thiamine could help fight cases of beriberi in Southeast Asia – a public health concern caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency.