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

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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?

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  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

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  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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  Where to get apple seedlings in Kenya and how to grow them - Wambugu Apple

Common components of seed planters

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Basic parts of a planter that you should know Planting machines (planters) are an assemblage of components, each designed to meet a particular function, for example: open a furrow, meter the seed, deliver the seed to the furrow, close the furrow and firm the seedbed. All planters share common components and mechanisms intended to open a trench, singulate seed, drop seed at an intended spacing and depth and close the trench. However, the differences in these designs can have major impacts on accuracy. Components that are common among most planters can be logically grouped by function into the following categories: 1. Soil-engaging components The functions performed by the soil-engaging components include opening the furrow, placing the seed, covering the furrow, and firming the seedbed. Where there are high levels of surface residue and relatively unprepared seedbeds, devices to cut or otherwise manipulate soil and residue (row preparation devices) maybe required in addition