WAMBUGU UPDATES

photo:joshua M

Wambugu farm exhibition is here again!
Withan attendance projected to over 5,000 farmers,this has now put the ask shows into a kindergarten corner! you cant afford to miss this
BUT if you will,Dont worry much ,we are set to deliver the message to you
Agroinfokenya agri-journalist will be on the ground to update you on the new developments in the agricultural industry as well as an in depth analysis of some of the exhibitors trainings.
for those who will attend the event,you are encouraged to have an eagle eye for any idea/concept exhibited that you deem will require in depth interogation during and after the event.
kindly send your writeups to info@agroinfokenya.com for disemination.
NB:Academic plagiarism will not be accepted.


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PHI & REPEAT INTERVAL (RI)

AVOIDING THE MONKEY BUSINESS WITH OUR HEALTH

The monkey business hurts our health

PHI(pre-harvest interval)-Refers to the time one needs to wait before utilizing/eating/harvesting a crop already sprayed by the chemical
RI(Repeat interval)-refers to the time one needs to wait before a repeat spray of the pesticide.
in the most simplest term……..
PHI-is an indication of the time taken for the poison to be less harmfull to the human body
RI-an indication of the time taken for a chemical to be less harmfull to the pest
Some farmers think that a chemical with a shrt PHI are less effective – this is not very true!
Both PHI and RI are indicated on the chemical.the most contentios one for the farmer is the RI
Farmers ask:If the pest pressure is High, do i really need to adhere to the RI?
which is importand to observe? RI or PHI?
My take: RI if not so well observed will eat into your ROI
PHI if not observed will eat into our health
BOTH ARE IMPORTANT
what is your take?
info@agroinfokenya.com


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PESTICIDE OVER USE-”DO NOT SHOOT YOUR CUSTOMER”


PESTICIDE OVER USE:A CONCERN FOR EVERYONE
“It is like shooting your customer once he leaves your shop’’-Amstrong nyarigu(agribusiness student at Laikipia University)
Recent survey by agroinfokenya team has founfd that farmers are engaged in a dangerous practice,dangerous in the sense that it puts US (me,you and him/her) at risk.
The overuse of pesticides witnessed is either being done unknowingly,in the fear of loosing their investment to the pests and diseases or due to unproffesional advise in the quest to make sales by the agrodealers.
It is important for every agripreneur to, not only steer the wheel of agri-investment towards the profit road but also look into the ethical side-mirror and avoid the overlaps that are in the longtime destructive to the consumer health-do not kill your clients after the first sale!
RELY ON GOOD ADVICE,READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
It is prudent for any farmer to not only rely on the spoken word but also read the instructions carefully;this will not only help in achieving the the above mentioned ,but also shield the farmers from unnesesary costs which dig deep into their ROI.

WHAT ARE YOUR COSTS COMPARED TO OTHER FARMERS IN THE SAME VENTURE
It is advisable to try and compare your crop protection costs if you are doing crop X (eg Water melon) with your farmer friend doing the same crop in the vicinity.Asking yourself questions such as….why are your costs difference so huge? Can work wonders.
ADVICE
Agroinfokenya team of agronomists can always be contacted for any clarification on crop protection strategies including alighning your current crop protection callender to manage your costs.
Do you have any experiences on this?
Kindly reach us on info@agroinfokenya.com


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THE SORGHUM FEATURE

Ask your Agronomist: Your sorghum yield should grow if you follow this fertiliser regime

Friday July 21 2017

Catherine Wanja, a sorghum farmer in Embu County.
Catherine Wanja, a sorghum farmer in Embu County samples the sorghum crop planted in her farm which is used as a demonstration plot, during a past farmers’ field day. Sorghum can tolerate drought conditions better than other crops due to its well developed roots and small leaf surface area which has a waxy layer and folds inwards during high temperatures to reduce transpiration. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary

•Sorghum requires deep well drained fertile soils.
•Sorghum can tolerate drought conditions better than other crops due to its well developed roots.
•Topdressing fertiliser should be applied when the crop is knee-high.
•Production for sorghum varies with variety ranging from 8T for Gadam and 12t for Serena.

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Q: I have been growing sorghum for the past two years but my production has been really low. I have tested my soils and results show I have good soils for sorghum but production is below 1,000kg per acre. Please help me improve my production.

Kennedy Magambo

Thanks for your enquiry, Mr Magambo. Sorghum is slowly becoming a crop of interest due to the fact that it can adapt very well in many regions of Kenya.

Sorghum can be used as food (either as grain or flour) or for brewing beer. The two are the driving force of many farmers adapting sorghum in Kenya, and the returns are good when production is equally great.

Now that we have farmers who are thinking agri-business and looking at making money from sorghum cultivation, we can now look slightly deeper into sorghum production.

What nutrients are key in sorghum production, and is fertiliser use in sorghum production important?

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Growth Requirements

Sorghum requires deep well drained fertile soils. This will enhance root growth and expansion for better uptake of moisture in the soil, the best soil pH being 5.4 – 8.4.

Seedings should be done when soils are moist enough to enhance uniform germination.

High temperatures do affect flower initiation and development, which in turn affects overall sorghum production.

Sorghum can tolerate drought conditions better than other crops due to its well developed roots and small leaf surface area which has a waxy layer and folds inwards during high temperatures to reduce transpiration.

Fertiliser Requirements
For optimal yields, it is important to understand the requirements of the crop. Sorghum requires several key nutrients for maximum productivity.

These are Nitrogen(N), Phosphorus(P), Potassium(K), Sulphur(S), Magnesium(Mg), Zinc (Zn), Calcium(Ca) and to some extend Manganese(Mn) and Copper(Cu).

Farmers should apply NPK fertiliser with at least six combinations of the above nutrients (including the NPK) for maximum production.

NPK fertilisers with ratios (N=20-24, P=9-11.5, K=4.5-7) including S, Mg, and Zn give the best combination ratio for sorghum production.

Fertiliser application for NPK is best done in two splits for better yield production. The recommendation would be to do a rate of 75kg per acre at planting and 50kg per acre at topdress.

Topdressing fertiliser should be applied when the crop is knee-high.

In every crop planted, please ensure you use certified seeds and follow good agricultural practices in order to realise maximum benefit of investing in high quality fertiliser.

Production for sorghum varies with variety ranging from 8T for Gadam and 12t for Serena.

I wish you the best as a farmer and please invite me for a cup of uji made from sorghum after the harvest.

For crop specific fertiliser recommendations, please consult the following agronomists in your area:

Western and Nyanza, Daniel Mui, 0702466343.
Rift Valley, Dennis Nyandaya, 0702466372.
Central, Robert Ngatia, 0702466318.

-Peter Wekesa, Senior Agronomist, Yara


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CallME2Work;Just dial for an agricultural specialist ,schedule it at your convinience

http://callme2work.com/
Agriculture is dynamic;integrating the art and science part of it makes it more interesting and fulfilling and now,with a focus of the technological branch of the science in it,You can do this at the comfort of your house,office,other engagements-all you need is your phone!
With the introduction of a revolutionary app,CallMe2Work ,the industry is headed for some good times ahead.Proffesionalism and accountability that is bound to be injected/aligned into the system will see the farmers benefit alot as well as the agricultural specialists advancing their careers in the industry.
with the app,farmers will soon be in a position to find an agronomist in their area,schedule timely visits and moreso,spared the misadvise that sometimes comes into play due to the competition within the industry for sales,Rating the agronomists will enable the indusrty profile proffesional specialists that mind the farmers too.
Through the platform,the farmers can access other specialists within and outside the agricultural industry too.
Recruitment of agronomists for various regions is currently ongoing awaiting the offcial launch of the agriculture department already rolled out in few counties in the final phase;farmers in these counties can still use the app.
Experienced agricultural specialists can submit their request/application for consideration into the database on the official webpage,kinldy Note that the accreditation process for inclusion into the list of specialist entails several steps which will be communcated by the management once an application request is sent to them.
In the meantime,We at agroinfokenya are pleased to be see such good developments in the agricultural industry as it is in line with our mission and vision in the industry.
any inquiries can be made through
0780232353 or 0780232354
download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cm2w.app&hl=en
on telegram:@callme2workbot
Applications can be done on :http://callme2work.com/


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THE REALITY CHECK,THE MEDIA TREND CHANGE

Anyone with an eagle eye on the social media platforms advocating for agricultue development must have noticed one trend of late….. The increase of silence and the reduction of posts inclusive of farm selfies.
Talking to several individuals,it seems the realities of agriculture has struck ,and the strong willed enterpreneurs are still soldering on in silence whereas the Quick -cash-netters are scampering for financial safety having exhaused a good percentage of the resources allocated for the veture before the ‘Mind-inserted profit making Exell formulas could materialize”.
On the other end,all the ‘Know it all Agronomists not in tandem with the realities seem to have gone silent after the vagaries of weather superceeded their technical expertise,not that they have Exited the groups,but ,they too are following the coments with neither a ‘F’ nor a Like in the comments….they have let their eyes do the talking.
Times have been tough yes,But it seems the finger licking moment for some is also here-Ask those selling watermelons now…if they are honest,they would say that they wish the current scenario remains constant.
A roasted cob of maize on the roadside is now at 50kes in kiboko as well as ksh 50 in limuru!! the farmgate price is now mouth watering!,this means that,the Fall army worms have favoured some farmers pockets and accounts!
As seen in one of the posts in a leading agro group,one member sought to count the farmers still going strong by them ‘raising up their hands’ with a like or a comment……..what happened next….your guess is as good as mine
As always,we encourage farmers to DO FARMING and NOT to TRY farming.
We encourage all farmers soldiering on to SOLDIER ON as the future is bright.


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