Colored capsicums!

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Capsicums (also known as bell peppers or pilipili hoho in Swahili) this particular product  is rarely attacked by diseases or pests not to say it doesn’t need care because it does. It does very well  in hot areas such as Eastern Province, Coastal region, temperate central areas, etc.

There are four many types of diseases that attack the capsicums let me name just a few

  1. Early/Late Blight: It makes the leaves start folding up, meaning less photosynthesis, which means low harvest.
  2. Spider Mites: Very tiny red mites. Sprays will do the trick and kill the spider mites saving you...
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Eggs

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So what do you think came first the chicken or the egg? As you ponder on that, we are going to talk about eggs. We have various types of eggs; quail eggs, ostrich eggs, duck eggs and chicken eggs but to name a few. When it comes to eggs, most people prefer chicken eggs both in business and for the house. Eggs are one of the foods I would classify as a super food, this is due to the nutrients present in eggs that are lacking in modern diets. Eggs are used as an ingredient in so many different types of foods and deserts, and also used as face masks!

As of last year a tray of eggs was selling...

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Quinoa: the new super food!

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There is a new pseudo-cereal crop in the food market which is keeping researchers very busy trying to figure it out. By pseudo cereal, I mean it’s a non cereal crop whose seeds can be ground into flour and otherwise be used as cereals.

 It is considered extremely nutritious given that it’s a grain with proteins and healthy fats like oleic acids. In 2013, FAO in a 2013-be-a-quinoa-year swag singled out this grain as highly nutritive food with a role to play in curbing world food insecurity.

History of this wonder cereal is deeply rooted in South America with Peru being its...

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Going agribusiness with pawpaws.

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With the budget almost being read out lets take a look on ways to make money in the agribusiness. I was thinking of starting an orchard and the fruit that came in mind was the pawpaw. Pawpaw is a fruit surrounded by a lot of misconception and many farmers shun from it. Today, let’s take a dive in the stream of knowledge and find out what facts are and what just mere fictions are.

There are4 varieties of pawpaw trees in Kenya namely honey dew, Kiim Mountain, solo sunrise and finally Waimanalo. The pawpaw tree itself is in three different types

1.  The female (pistillate) - this plant...

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This is how being a serious farmer can make you smile!

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What would you do if you had 7 acres of land strategically positioned near a permanent stream of very clean water? Well, according to Gatero Jervasio, you could make Ksh 188,625 a month.

Mr. Gatero is a farmer who has realized the true value of intensive farming. He has 7 acres of land in Nyandarua County. His land is close to a canal of permanent running water. With such resources at his disposal, he bought a water pump that consumes fuel worth Ksh 1,000 every month and a water tank.

With the tank set on the most elevated part of his land, irrigation became easy as it was through force of...

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Growing french beans in kenya

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The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward cheque or sadly, the more the tears and curses from 2 months of wasted resources. This is the scenario with French beans growing in Kenya where you can sell as planned, make lots of cash or simply get your produce rejected and cry in the kitchen corner as you count your losses. 


French beans (mishiris)are one of the crops dominating Kenya’s export market with a low local consumption rate. Production of these mishiris is primarily done in warm areas such as Machakos, Thika, Murang'a, Kirinyaga, Naivasha, Nyeri and Embu with...

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Chilli price trends!

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Chili prices have been on the rise since the beginning of this year. After recording a 65% decline in the second  week of the year, prices of chilies in Nakuru have sky rocketed by 226% to currently average at Ksh 111 per kg.  Major supply of chilies in this market is mostly from the surrounding areas such as Subukia and Bahati. Their demand is good and traders are using this opportunity to gain higher profits by hiking the prices.


A kilo of chilies which was selling at Ksh 32 in Kongowea market in Mombasa back in January is now selling at Ksh 83, a 152% price surge. In Kisumu and...
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Amaranth: a solution to food insecurity in kenya.

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Amaranth is an apt alternative to maize farming in Kenya due to the unreliable supply of this staple corn product that has aggravated food insecurity in the country. Farmers need to be sensitized to the benefits of growing amaranth, locally known as terere - which can be consumed as a grain, ground into flour or as a vegetable.

With adequate rain, maize takes 3 months to reach maturity while amaranth takes around two months and requires very little rain, hence the crop can perform well even during dry seasons. Amaranth flour makes mouthwatering chapatti, doughnuts, uji, and Ugali which has...
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Onion trends in nairobi!

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There are a lot of rumours that professionals from Kieni (Nyeri County) are buying boots and returning to their motherland to venture into hybrid onion farming. Given the achievements of this business venture in this area under a project by Farm Concern International( Eastern African newspaper and Farmbiz Africa), it is worth to invest your time and money into serious bulb onion farming.

Large proportion of our food (if not like almost everything) is imported from our neighbours; Uganda and Tanzania with most of our traders confirming that they cross borders to...
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Mushroom farming made easy!

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Mushrooms are the spore-bearing fruiting body of Fungus. They are highly nutritious playing the ‘meat’ in the vegetable world. They have of late captured the attention of the Kenya’s farming community with most mushroom farmers boasting of amazing profits. They are land and rainfall independent hence making them the better option for the land-unblessed or those looking to maximize revenue from their land usage.

They only require a house and your attention to make you the happy farmer in the end. The demand in Kenya is unsatisfied with NAFIS data indicating that we are only producing...
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