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Freelance agronomists in Kenya MUST vie for MCA positions in 2022

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Freelance agronomists in Kenya must seek elective MCA positions in 2022 Between 2016 and early 2017 I worked as a freelance agronomist and I had the privilege to visit almost every county in Kenya. I worked with hundreds of farmers from many regions and who grew diverse types of crops. Today, I know many agronomists in Kenya, and I find that most of them especially the freelancers are well equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to assist farmers to achieve higher productions. However, most farmers do not like working with a freelance agronomist for the obvious reason of wanting to avoid charges. Therefore, freelance agronomists only work with farmers who agree to pay a certain amount as a consulting fee. This explains why most freelance agronomists in Kenya have a very tight travel schedule because these kinds of farmers are rare to find and are scattered from one corner of Kenya to another. Agronomists have to travel very long distances just to meet one farmer, and wors

How to make a kitchen garden in Kenya: Cone kitchen garden

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  Simple steps to make a kitchen garden in Kenya This is an opportunity for every rural family to make a kitchen garden in Kenya. Just as the name indicates, a cone kitchen garden is a type of garden that resembles a cone, like that of an ice-cream holder. It consists of arranging soil in a conical shape above the ground to create more space for crop growing. Cone kitchen garden is efficient in that it allows for mixed cropping since different species of crop are grown on different layers. Materials and procedure of constructing a Cone kitchen garden in Kenya: Polythene sheet : It should be the heavy one, commonly called the dam-liner in local hardware. Alternatively, you can use old circular containers that have different circumferences in a manner that they can be concentric. Site identification : Chose a site that receives sufficient direct sunlight throughout the day and well drained. Mark the middle point of the garden site, and arrange the containers/polythene in layers, "

High farm output in 2020 is a defining moment for smallholder farmers in Kenya

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Despite COVID-19, 2020 has been a very generous year with expected high farm output for smallholder farmers in Kenya. It is estimated that cereals output for this year’s main season will increase by a whopping 20% (up to 4.2 Million tons yearly maize output-FAO) majorly due to the favorable weather conditions notably the above-average long rains. The year 2020 has proven that a highly productive farm cannot be attended to using manual tools or human muscles. African farmers use hands tools for two main reasons: Less farm productivity, hence, not labor demanding, Extremely small sizes of land. As I write this piece, the main harvesting season for cereals is underway in most parts of Kenya and farmers are expecting record-breaking high yields (though still far below the land potential). In Kenya, Nov-Dec is a season for short rains, which means that farmers have a short window to harvest their grains before the onset of the short rains, which have started to drizzle already. This is a bi

New Massey Ferguson MF 275 on offer sale in Kenya

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If you have ever wanted to buy a genuine new Massey Ferguson Tractor, then the time is now because FMD East Africa has a crazy offer price for MF 275 in the Kenyan market starting from 15th October to 30th October 2020. The second reason for you to order and buy the MF 275 ASAP is because the offer is limited, with only ten units on offer. Read also: New Massey Ferguson tractor in Kenya MF 35 Read also: Massey Ferguson 200 Xtra Series tractor line-up  The MF 275 tractor model that is on offer is the two-wheeled and comes with a 3-disc plow and a 12 months manufacturers’ warranty of unlimited hours. In addition to the attractive warranty, FMD East Africa is offering free delivery to all parts of Kenya and free registration. The offer price of the MF 275 in Kenya is Ksh 2.75 million which is inclusive of VAT on the disc plow. According to the announcement on FMD’s official Facebook page, farmers can easily identify a genuine Massey Ferguson MF 275 tractor by verifying whether it

Jerusalema dancing rehearsal, flops and moves

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Jerusalema dance by colleagues in agriculture  Behind every success, there is a story. I'm grateful to have colleagues in agriculture who always help me get better in various areas.

How to make a simple drip irrigation kitchen garden

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Simple irrigation kitchen garden using plastic containers Imagine a world free of plastics? Imagine a plastic farm. A majority of kitchen garden technologies utilize readily available plastic and waste materials therefore contributing to environmental conservation. Today’s tutorial is on how to make simple drip irrigation kitchen garden using plastic materials. Everyone can to take the initiative and make your own kitchen garden at home with your children using the technologies described in this article. It can be a great bonding exercise with your children as you impart them with knowledge. 1. Materials Needed for kitchen garden Materials needed to make a simple drip irrigation kitchen garden include: Several 5 liter bottles or jerry cans, Wooden pole/stand or a wall as a support structure, Cutting tools, Nails, Water, Soil and manure mixed in a 1:1 ratio. 2. Procedure for constructing simple drip irrigation kitchen garden: Choose an appropriate ground with no obstruction to sunligh

Farming in Africa: Tradition of eating local food and competition from global food markets

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 Farming in Africa: A tradition of eating local food Many centuries ago, all over the world, people only ate food that was grown locally. Today, in most parts of Africa, people still have a tradition of eating local foods.  Africans eat what they grow or what their close neighbors grow – as long as  there is sufficient rain and that there are no natural disasters like drought and flooding that can destroy food. If someone does not grow their own  food, it’s because they probably know someone who does it and they can buy from them personally or at  the village market. However,  if you have more disposable income, then you might have some  additional like  spices, drinks, supplements etc. Modern farming: Desire to eat complex meals from a global food market The modern agricultural revolution in developed countries has enabled the availability of greater  variety of food to consumers from around the globe. Adoption of improved farming technology and international  transportation has enabl

Write for Farm Big Africa as a Guest Author

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  In April 2020, Farm Big Africa ( www.farmbig.net ) was founded on the promise of enlightening new and existing African farmers on how to start, run, and grow a successful farm business. What started as a personal blog is now fast-changing into an encyclopedia of Agricultural information for youths and farmers, and so, our goals have evolved. We are more ready to serve the farming community beyond what we have already delivered. To do this, we welcome contributions from like-minded authors who are interested in becoming guest publishers on  Farm Big Africa . Farmbig.net will accept posts and contributions from bloggers, authors, expert writers, and pretty much anyone who has valuable information to pass based on their own personal experiences, market trends, and opinions on how to improve farming in Africa.  But before you send in your article, here are some very important things you need to know: Who reads our articles? Our readers are active farmers or aspiring farmers notably the y

The culture of using sacks, wooden crates, and containers as a measure of weight for farm produce

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  The use of sacks, wooden crates, and containers to weigh produce.  If you are from East Africa, particularly Kenya or Tanzania, you must have noticed that rarely do we measure the weight of farm produce using a weighing scale.  Whether you are buying directly from the farmer at farm-gate, or from a wholesale markets, people always use sacks, wooden crates, or small containers to estimate the weight of produce. In Kenya for instance, there are specially designed sacks that are used to package maize, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Maize sacks hold up to 90 kgs while for the rest of the produce it should not exceed 50kgs. It is an assumption that if packed to the brim, these sacks or crates should weigh as expected with little margin of error. The tradition of using containers in the place of weighing scale dates for a very long time. Its adoption was based on the fact that: Farmers/buyer did not possess a weighing scale machine and hence they had to invent an equivale

Kenya launches a 1 million kitchen gardens farming initiative

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Types of Kitchen gardens in Kenya On September 20th 2020, the ministry of agriculture in Kenya launched an initiative to empower 1 million kitchen garden farmers in rural areas and peri-urban areas. Championed by the youthful Chief Administrative Secretary Mrs Ann Nyaga, a lot of youth have embraced this idea and engaged in resourceful conversations online. The global outbreak of COVID-19 has raised concerns about sustainability of food productions and food supply chains in the region. Even though COVID-19 is a health related problem,  its effect are being felt in almost all sectors and the agriculture sector has equally been negatively affected. When key food production and supply systems are hampered with, people have inadequate access to nutritious food and hence weak immune systems'', Said Mrs Ann Nyaga in aYouTube video. In response to this reality, the Ministry of agriculture has developed measures to mitigate malnutrition and hunger by encouraging families to adopt th

Farm Big Africa :The online information resource center for Africa's agriculture

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Advisable to read VOCs Powered by Embed YouTube Video Agribusiness Blog for the African farmer: Farm Big Africa Farm Big Africa is an online information resource center for Africa's agriculture. Here, you will find articles on every subject regarding farming in Africa.  Our objective is to empower African farmers, youth, and the farming community in general with the relevant information to better their farming practices for improved food security in Africa. Soon, Farm Big Africa will be partnering with more authors in the agribusiness profession to bring you more content from all sub-sectors of agriculture, and from many countries across Africa. Welcome and let us grow together.