In Summary
  • The fungi form threadlike structures called hyphae around plant roots increasing the surface area for absorption and translocation of essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, sulphur, calcium, zinc and copper.
  • When ready for harvesting, you can advertise in Seeds of Gold or place your produce on the various farming websites
  • In pumpkin production, it is important to establish your niche in the market. You can do this by establishing what variety is demanded before you start production procedures.
  • Only female flowers produce fruit, so the first flowers, which are male, will not produce fruit. If female flowers are not producing fruit, lack of pollination is a likely culprit.

REDUCING HEAT STRESS IN CROPS

Which bio-stimulants can I use on my crops to reduce heat stress? Also, educate me on the use of mycorrhizae in farming.
Kipruto, Olenguruone

You can use FitoMaat from Kenya Biologics Ltd. For more information, please contact the farm based in Naivasha on 0710724629. Mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi that are found in plant roots and they promote plant growth and vigour.

The fungi form threadlike structures called hyphae around plant roots increasing the surface area for absorption and translocation of essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, sulphur, calcium, zinc and copper.

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

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READY MARKET FOR TURKEYS AND GEESE

I have a pair of adult geese and turkeys in Siaya County and I would like to know if it's possible to find ready market.
Raphael Otieno

Having a pair of adult geese and turkeys means that you only sell them in Siaya since transporting them would involve additional costs reducing your profit margins.

Visit hotels and butcheries in Siaya and place an order. The main challenge is that the number you are supplying is too low. I will encourage you to keep more and do market survey before production.

Dennis Kigiri,
Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

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MARKET FOR HAY

I am a young hay farmer in Narok County and I am writing to enquire about how I can get market especially between January and March.
Francis

I suppose you are referring to Boma Rhodes hay, which many farmers consider a robust feed resource for resilient dairy farming. To have a good market for this produce, put much emphasis on quality aspects at both pre and post-harvesting stage.

When ready for harvesting, you can advertise in Seeds of Gold or place your produce on the various farming websites.

Felix Akatch Opinya,
Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

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I WOULD LIKE TO REAR TURKEYS AND GEESE

I'd like to start rearing geese and turkeys. I am based in Homa Bay County.
Okatch wa Okatch

Food security is one of the government’s priority. To achieve protein nutrition safety, production of meat and eggs from geese and turkeys is encouraged. Large numbers are most suited because of economies of scale.

Another way is to produce them in groups to strengthen the bargaining power in terms of buying feed ingredients and equipment while selling your products. Contact Otieno 0716116062 in Siaya who keeps them.

Dennis Kigiri,
Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

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