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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

I HAVEA NEW TYPE OF BEEHIVE

I am interested in improving beekeeping by introducing a new type of beehive, which I believe is far much better than the current ones in terms of honey harvesting and inspection. Who or which institutions do I contact for advice?

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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.

You have not said which beehive you are using and which ones you propose to introduce. However I have shared your details with a bee expert. You will hear from him.

Dennis Kigiri,
Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

I NEED PINKERTON AVOCADO VARIETY

I am interested in growing avocado of the Pinkerton variety. Kindly advise on where I can get genuine seedlings.
Anne Mwangi

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.

The variety does well in an altitude of 1,500 to 2,000 metres above sea level, with an average annual rainfall of 950mm, well-distributed throughout the year.

It requires well-drained soils with moderate moisture levels and a pH ranging from 5.0 to 6.5. For quality seedlings, contact Kalro on [email protected] OR 0722206988/0736333294.

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

I WANT TO GROW TRADITIONAL VEGETABLES

I have a quarter acre in Uthiru, Kabete. I intend to grow traditional vegetables like managu and terere but lack the skills and knowledge to do so. Where can I acquire training?

This is a very good venture as most people have turned to traditional vegetables because of their nutrition and health benefits.

You can visit Karlo headquarters at Loresho and they will give you more information on growing of traditional vegetables.

Carol Mutua,
Department of Crops, Horticulture, and Crops, Egerton University.

How can I receive training on watermelon farming or link me to a farmer growing the crop for exposure?
Paulo Coelho

You can go to the Ministry of Agriculture offices in your county and get the necessary information or they can direct you to a farmer who has successfully grown watermelons.

You can also get the same information from the Karlo branch near you. Remember watermelons are warm season crops and will not do well in cold areas.

Carol Mutua
Department of Crops, Horticulture and Crops, Egerton University

Kindly furnish me with the names and telephone numbers of those who deal with fingerlings for sale. They should come from Kericho or Nyanza.

Please contact Agro Science Park, Fish Farm Egerton University on 0716573291 or 0716921364.

Janice Kimuli,
Department of Biological Science, Egerton University.

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Treasury Releases Funds to Counties Showing Acceptable Plans to Clear Pending Bills

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A statement from the National Treasury shows that 18 counties that showed acceptable plans to clear pending bills received reimbursements for November.

Acting Treasury CS, Ukur Yattani, says that the 18 counties received Ksh. 11 billion.

The counties include; Baringo, Bomet, Embu, Garissa, Isiolo, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Machakos, Meru, Migori, Mombasa, Nandi, Narok, Taita Taveta, Tana, Tharaka Nithi, Vihiga.

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A further Ksh.7 billion was disbursed to 12 counties that had cleared their pending bills. These include; Elgeyo Marakwet, Homabay, Kajiado, Kericho, Kilifi, Kwale, Laikipia, Makueni, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Uasin Gishu.

Related; Treasury to Withhold Funds for 15 Counties

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Kenyan to Steer Dalberg as Global Managing Partner

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Dalberg Advisors has announced the appointment of Edwin Macharia as Global Managing Partner for a 3-year term. Edwin term commences on 1 January 2020 and succeeds Yana Kakar who had been at the helm since 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Edwin has been with Dalberg for 11 years serving various roles. For instance, he founded Dalberg’s first office in East Africa in 2008, established Agriculture and Food Security Practice, and serves two terms as the Regional Director for Africa.

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“Edwin has spearheaded a lot of innovation into the new business lines within the Group. That will serve him well as he steps forward to lead Dalberg’s biggest and longest-standing business” noted Henrik Skovby, Dalberg’s Founder. 

Dalberg Advisors is a global consulting firm specializing in inclusive and sustainable business, policy, and investment strategy. Moreover, the firm combines strategy consulting, design thinking, big data analytics, and research to address complex social and environmental challenges.

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Maize prices drop in Kitale : The Standard

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Maize prices have continued to drop gradually in Kitale as preparation for the Christmas season kicks in.

The decline in price has been blamed on the continued heavy rains that have characterised huge post-harvest losses.
Some farmers who lack proper storage facilities are selling their grains hurriedly to avoid losses due to high humidity during the rainy season.
A survey by The Standard indicated that a 90-kg bag that previously sold at Sh3,000, now fetches Sh2,600, with fears that it might drop further. This has seen the middlemen take advantage of the challenges facing farmers to dictate the market price.
Delays in the opening of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for the current season crop has also exposed farmers to massive exploitation.
Small scale farmers hit by lack of storage facilities and facing other financial obligations are forced to sell their produce at lower prices as set by traders.
“I have been forced to sell our maize to avoid more post-harvest losses since NCPB has not started buying the crop,’’ said Fredrick Rono.

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“The State is insensitive to the plight of maize farmers. The State has exposed us to exploitation by traders,’’ he added.
Some farmers are selling their maize to plan for the Christmas celebrations and also raise money for their children’s school fees at the beginning of next year.
“I have disposed of part of my harvest to meet the Christmas requirements as well as to get money to pay fees for my children,’’ said Francis Koti.
Tom Nyagechaga, the secretary-general of the Kenya National Federation of Farmers, blamed the national government for the price drop, saying the delay in opening the NCPB stores had opened windows to middlemen to exploit farmers.
Heavy rains have also frustrated farmers who are yet to harvest their crops.

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