In Summary
  • Pomegranates can do well in a wide range of soils but they should be well-drained, deep and rich in organic matter.
  • All the aspects of the business would be captured in a business plan which we can help you come up with.
  • Feed formulation calls for technical and practical guidance to get it right.
  • Practical trainings organised by institutions really add value to farmers in addition to exchange visits.

GROWING BEST POMEGRANATE

This fruit called pomegranate is penetrating the market, especially supermarkets.

I saw it being sold in some supermarkets in Ukunda and Kericho at a good price.

What are the climatic conditions for it to thrive well? Second, how can I get the seedlings?

Martin

Pomegranate trees will do well in areas with an altitude of 1,800m above sea level.

Hot and dry climate is good during fruit development for faster growth and high yields.

The optimum temperature during fruit development is 36-38°C.

Pomegranates can do well in a wide range of soils but they should be well-drained, deep and rich in organic matter.

Soil pH is 5.5-7.0. Lack of moisture in the soil leads to fruit cracking.

Irrigation is practised during the dry season. You can get seedlings from farmers Wilson Ndungu on 0714080532 or Maina of Eden Villa Farm in Laikipia on 0734585500.

Carol Mutua, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils,
Egerton University.

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SOLAR INCUBATOR

I need a solar-powered chicken incubator.

Please inform me of the prices and where I can get it.

Geoffrey Kariuki, Naivasha

One can buy a solar-powered chicken incubator from any one of the following suppliers:

1. Godfrey Ng’ang’a (0721612771) of Kikuyu Town, Kiambu County at an average cost of Sh70,000 for 700-egg capacity among other sizes

2. Livingstone Waithaka of Asia-Quarters Estate, Nyeri for a 70-egg capacity incubator for Sh30,000.

Prof. Daudi M. Nyaanga and Abich O. Otieno, Department of Agricultural Engineering,
Egerton University.

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MOVING TO KUROILER FROM KIENYEJI BIRDS

I am rearing indigenous chickens and I wish to improve to Kienyeji or Kuroiler.

I am also interested in pig rearing. Help me develop a business plan that contains housing plans, disease control and vaccination feeding schedules.

Margaret

Kuroilers are hybrids with the ability to respond well to intensive or semi-intensive systems.

A farmer feeds his Kuroiler poultry. Kuroilers are hybrids with the ability to respond well to intensive or semi-intensive systems by attaining market weights of about 2 to 4kg in four months and reach maturity at five months. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Your business idea is great bearing in mind that Christmas is nearing.

All the aspects of the business would be captured in a business plan which we can help you come up with.

Our team has specialists in animal production who will help with the housing plan, disease control, vaccination and feeding schedule.

Send an email to [email protected] for further engagement.

Dickson Otieno,
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University.

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MATERIALS ON BUSINESS PLAN

I would be glad if I get materials on business plan to start a pig farm. I have six already.

Silas

We are in a position to offer assistance with this task but this is intensive and cannot fit here.

Kindly send me a mail on [email protected]

Dickson Otieno,
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University.

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