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Dairy goats are more profitable than dairy cow farming in Kenya

  Dairy goats are more profitable in Kenya than dairy cows Farmers who rear five dairy goats stand to benefit 45 per cent more than those farmers rearing one dairy cow. This is because goats do not need much feeds and space to keep yet their milk always retails at high price as compared to that of a cow. According to Hellen Kamba, a farm manager at Shambah Dairies farm based in Kangema, Murang’a County and which offers training to smallholder dairy goat farmers, dairy goats need less land or space and feeds as compared to the same number of dairy cows. “Farmers need to be aware that a half an acre of Napier grass can support five dairy goats while the same measure of Napier grass only supports one dairy cow. With this knowledge out there farmers can make the right decision on which venture to pursue,” said Kamba. She says that one dairy cow can give 20 liters of milk a day and a liter of dairy cow milk sells at Sh37 while five dairy goats can give 13 liters of milk daily fetching
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Dairy goats for sale in Kenya, Mount Kenya region

  Are you interested in dairy goat farming in Kenya? Located some 15 kilometers from Chuka town in Kathatwa sub-location is Murang’a Farm owned by Sammy Murithi, 30. Murithi keeps goats of the  German Alpine and Toggenburg breeds , animals that he says have changed his life for the better thanks to their good income “These breeds are hardy and have the ability to adapt to virtually all agro-climatic conditions while producing to their maximum. Their farming has given me an opportunity to live a decent life,” Murithi says.  So what makes his animals thrive? Muriithi farms brachiaria grass that helps him boost his dairy production. The fodder has thick leaves that make it hard for weeds to thrive, grows well in a wide range of agro-ecological zones and has a high vigour and high crude protein of between 14 – 20 percent.  The grass also experiences minimal attacks from pests and diseases making it a good choice.  For good breeding, Murithi says good nutrition, good housing

FOR AFRICAN AGRICULTURE TO FLOURISH, HI-TECH EQUIPMENT ARE NEEDED

Africa must adopt smart farming solutions African agriculture has slowly evolved from the time when a black woman with a hoe in the hands was the default symbol of agriculture in Africa. Over the years, farmers have adopted mechanization at various levels with small agricultural equipment like single-axle walking tractors becoming more and more popular. Depending on which country you are in, medium and large-scale farmers in Africa are moderately mechanized whereby basic farm operations like land preparation, planting, spraying, and harvesting are carried out using conventional basic mechanical machinery. Medium and large-scale farms (50 Ha and above) constitute less than 10 percent of the total agricultural land. In Kenya for instance, agriculture is predominantly small-scale and is carried out on farms averaging 0.2-3 Ha mostly on a subsistence basis. In Nigeria, over 80% of farmers are small family farms averaging 0.5 Ha, and there are very few large-scale farm operations. With th

Owning land is not a good reason to start farming, but market is

Farming should start from the market and flow to the farm What motivates you to get into farming? Your land or your market? Nowadays, owning a small piece of land is fashionable, especially if you buy it yourself instead of inheriting it from your parents. In Kenya for example, most middle-class income earners are in rush to buy land with the intention of putting up a building in the future or resell it when the value appreciates. It is common to hear people saying that no one should ever buy a car before buying land. Read also: How to start profitable farming Read also: How to make money farming For this reason, I have heard people saying that they have a piece of land lying idle somewhere and that they wish to do some farming activities as they wait for the next step. While it is a good idea to keep thinking about how to add value to your idle land, it is equally very risky to do speculative farming. With or without a land title deed, you can become a farmer as long as you start your

When should a farmer consider buying a tractor?

  When is it worth buying a tractor or any agricultural machinery? Machines such as tractors are at the center of livelihoods in rural areas, especially among farming communities. They make work easier by replacing manual workers to drive heavy implements and to haul the heavy loads. But is buying a tractor a good choice for your farm? When is it a wise investment decision to buy a tractor for your farm? Buying a tractor for the sole use on your farm may not be the most lucrative business to do especially if you are planning to use it on a small farm. Owning a tractor is fun and exciting to work with, but here are a few questions that every farmer might want to consider before buying a tractor. Read also:  How many tractors, combines or rippers do I need for a 10 ha farm? Do your farm operations rely on the work of a tractor all year long? For example, after using the tractor to plant, when next will you need it again for your farm? Is your farm highly integrated to keep your t

How social capital can benefit small scale farmers in Africa to aggregate themselves

  Social capital is the enabler of the aggregation of small-scale farmers in Africa  Aggregation of farmers cannot be possible without social capital. In Africa, rural households co-exist in a friendly environment but they never do business together as a group of farmers. How can Africa take advantage of its high social capital to mobilize small-scale farmers' aggregation? Watch this short video for an in-depth analysis

Apple seedlings in Kenya - The Wambugu Farm Apples in Nyeri County

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