In Summary
  • Some water can be too salty to be used for irrigation.
  • Some tap water is also treated with too much chlorine that it may affect the growth of crops.
  • Besides having a good feed formulation plan or computer formulation programme, attending a short course is basic to help you learn and manage livestock feeding alongside understanding the roles of energy proteins, vitamins and minerals in animal diets.
  • Rabbit production has experienced a steady growth in the past years but the venture remains fully unexploited giving room for potential expansion.

USE OF TAP WATER FOR IRRIGATION

Is tap water good for irrigation, especially of vegetables?

Jackson Owenga

Interestingly, tap water also has a source. Depending on the source, it can be good or bad.

The most important factor to consider in any water for irrigation especially for vegetables is total soluble salts in it also known as Electrical Conductivity (EC).

Some water can be too salty to be used for irrigation. Tap water from too salty source may affect the vegetable crop by causing what is known as reverse osmosis leading to plants drying after irrigation.

What you need to look at keenly is the source of the water. Testing it for EC would help you know if the water is good.

Some tap water is also treated with too much chlorine that it may affect the growth of crops.

Peter Caleb Otieno,
Department of Crops Horticulture, and Soils, Egerton University.

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NILE PERCH MARKET

I’d like to know where I can sell my 15 tonnes of fresh tilapia in bulk. They are in Mfangano Island and will be ready by November this year.

Omondi

Currently the supply of tilapia in the market cannot match demand. As a farmer, I believe you have records of the weights of individual fish through sampling that will help us in marketing the fish.

For more information on the necessary preparations, contact me 0718636413.

Alex Amuyunzu Akidiva,
Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University.

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BEST DAMLINER

Where can I get a dam liner in Murang’a County?

Julius Ngugi

You can access dam liners in Nairobi at a wholesale price. Depending on the size of the liner you want, the prices can be slashed by up to Sh200 per metre square.

A lined water dam.

A lined water dam in a farm in Maragua. FILE | NMG

Still you can find the dam liner in most hardware shops in Thika though at relatively higher prices ranging from Sh250 and above. Contact Tembo liners at 0715628008.

Alex Amuyunzu Akidiva,
Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University.

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CONTROLLING TUTA ABSOLUTA

I wish to get in touch with an institution with the capacity to help me control tuta absoluta in my greenhouse using biological means

Kiplagat

Controlling Tuta absoluta using biological means is possible and one of the institution you can talk to is Dudutech.

Please contact Mr Attai 0717347580.

Peter Caleb Otieno,
Department of Crops Horticulture, and Soils, Egerton University.

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