In Summary
  • Arrowroot is a highly productive and high-value crop that does best in soils with high moisture content throughout its production.
  • Strawberry thrives in hot climates and does not do well in extremely cold areas. Depending on the variety, good agronomic practices like using drip irrigation and mulching and use of farmyard manure should be employed.
  • Beekeeping is an interesting business and since the demand for honey is at an all-time high, one requires less labour and investment compared to other livestock sectors and the returns are high.
  • Pinkerton avocado is a commercial variety that is grown in a number of countries, with its origin being South Florida. It has a generally thick skin that maintains the green colour when ripe and is easy to peel.

ARROWROOT SEEDLINGS

I am looking for arrowroot seedlings, especially the new variety. Please help.

Brian Dan (UoN), Kisumu

Arrowroot is a highly productive and high-value crop that does best in soils with high moisture content throughout its production.

Due to this, it is mostly produced along the streams for optimum yield potential. It requires spacing of about 30cm by 30cm and takes around six months to mature and be ready for harvest.

For quality seedlings, contact Madam Hannah on 0723684523. You can also try Tich Kouma, a CBO in Nyalenda, which multiplies arrowroot seedlings for sale.

Sillus Oduor,
Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University.

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TITHONIA FERTILISER

I would like to get the contacts of Peter Caleb Otieno of the Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soil, Egerton University.

On Saturday January 26, he wrote an article on the many uses of tithonia. I have attempted to use his directions to make organic fertiliser and pesticides from tithonia.

However, I need further information on the same since I am not achieving the end product as described in the article.

Wariara Mugo

Kindly contact me on [email protected] for more detailed information.

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

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FARMING STRAWBERRY

I am interested in farming strawberry commercially. I need to know more on production per bush, vine or per plant per season, and the relation of the season to a year?

Muchiri

Strawberry farming is one of the most lucrative ventures and it can earn you a good income. Strawberry varieties include Chandler, which is the most popular among farmers and can be exported! Domanil, Pajaro Douglas, Tigio selva, Rabunda, Tri-star and Tribute, among other varieties.

Strawberry thrives in hot climates and does not do well in extremely cold areas. Depending on the variety, good agronomic practices like using drip irrigation and mulching and use of farmyard manure should be employed. The crop takes 70 days to mature and harvesting continues twice a week.

The production can be 30-80kg of strawberry per week on a eighth acre. Strawberry farming has good returns as it goes for Sh200 per kilo. One can harvest the crop for up to three years with good agronomic practices and a temperature of 10°C and 30°C and good type of soils including black cotton, loam and sand. It does not do well in clay soils.

Jayo Manyasi Tracyline,
Department of Crops, Horticulture, and Soils, Egerton University.

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POULTRY PROJECT PARTNERSHIP

I would like to partner with egg incubator manufacturers/makers in Kenya and help grow the industry. Please advise me on that since I have learnt that all controllers in the market are imported.

Daniel Kihiu

There are many companies and individuals selling incubators in Kenya. You can even make them yourself using locally available gadgets and materials. In the event you want to partner with manufacturers, check for them online, get contacts and reach out.

Dennis Kigiri,
Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

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I HAVEA NEW TYPE OF BEEHIVE

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