PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

We have partners

Agroinfokenya has partnered with

SAMMA AGROCHEMICALS LTD-Emali,

ELIM AGROVET-Kibwezi,

JIKAWA AGROVET-Taveta

and GREENCODE AGROVET-wote & Nunguni !

In the spirit of continued suport,information dissemination and farmer interaction,agroinfokenya continues to seek partners in this course with the partnership having started in eastern and coast kenya.

Nairobi-western central and rift valley parts of the country still on course.

kindly follow us to see the benefits of visiting any agrodealer in partnership with agroinfokenya in our next update

HAVE YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED,BE VISIBLE,AVOID MANY CHAT GROUPS-USE THE BOT

The phone beeps,and on checking,its a confirmation of ….you have been added to the X-farming group.you are now a member of 10+ farming groups some of which are a replica of the other diferentiated by the ADMIN.

You post a question ,and before it is answered,100 members also have different questions …the thread continues to grow  and you are left fidgeting your fingers as you scroll up and down ,following every question and sometimes not finding the answer as the person with the anser was off network and by the timeof running the app,he had 175 unread messages which he quickly “achived’’ and answered the most recent one.

WELCOME TO THE FARME BOT!

Agroinfokenya has found this problem solved by an app designed by technosavvy farmers which ensures you get what you want,you are given updates as per your interest,you are inked to the market as per your crop and you are followed by the members who want to learn step by step after you create your own farm profile

May be you are wondering,what is farmerbot?

What is FarmerBot?

 

FarmerBot is a chatbot designed for farmers. What is a chatbot? A chatbot is a computer programme that works inside messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and Telegram. Talking to FarmerBot is just as simple as talking to a friend on WhatsApp

Source: http://farm.ink/

By using this,you can;

 

  • Add FarmerBot to your farming group and it will organise the group messages so you never miss an important update.
  • Subscribe to the tip channels such as Onion tips or Watermelon tips and get weekly reminders tailored to you and your farm
  • Upload your farm photos and notes to FarmerBot and it will save them on your farm timeline as a record of what you’ve done
  • Stand out from the crowd by sharing your your personalised FarmerBot farm profile page with your farming network and local buyersHow to sign up

Visit: http://farm.ink/ from your mobile and avoid the hustle of getting information/learning and being connected to the market

WHEN BIG BULBS TURN TO HAUNT THE FARMER

Any farmer in the country will always want more yields,better yields and good quality products.

These quality parameters in a crop such as onion are also inclusive of the bulb size: the bigger the size,the better the yields in terms of tonnage and “of course ,quality’’….but in most cases,this comes around to haunt the farmer where his produce is rejected by the buyers and the ‘’most interesting part’’ is because of the BIG SIZE/HIGH QUALITY bulbs.

So,what do we need the farmer to do?…. underfeed the crop to ensure he gets small to medium bulbs only? Avoid varieties which can give bigger bulbs?

Is it time for the farmer to get smarter?

 

 

Onion

YES it is, Agroinfokenya strongly advises that to beat around this,a farmer intending to do two acres of onion can use the principle of averaging in getting better returns from his harvests-this works if the market targeted is local and undefined. By using the knowledge of spacing and crop nutrition.variation of these two in each acre will guarantee the farmer big bulbs in one acre and medium bulbs in the other acre,then at harvesting,MIX the two and sell to the buyers.

………………what is your story in line with this, what is your experience?

 

HOW YOUR YIELDS AFFECT YOUR SOIL HEALTH AND SUBSEQUENT YIELDS

Most farmers do not clearly know what to feed their crop/how to feed their crops to optimise on the yields-it is prudent to understand that a well fed crop will feed you/your pockets well! how do you do it

                               TWO FARMERS EXPERIENCE,LETS LEARN!

Two farmer whose farms are adjacent to each other decide to TRY farming,they make this decision in Noveber 2014 as they plan/bank on their projected company end year bonus to do this

DECEMBER 2014:Both farmers did a soil test and the report indicated that the level of nutrients in their soils was similar*

JAN 2015:……………FARMER A & FARMER B decide to start!

The two farmers,whose farms are adjacent to each other decided to plant watermelons due to the high returns associated with this crop,they chose the same seed type/variety and because of their friendship,they decided to do all the agronomic practises at the same time w.r.t planting model,spacing,nutritional regime and watering/irrigation regime.since the workers were diferent in both farms,weeding and crop protection differed as each and everyone resorted to the advise he got from difeent company agronomists and farming chat groups…

Three months later

FARMER A:harvested 7 tonnes of the fruit from the 1 acre

FARMER B:harvested 12 tonnes of the fruit from the 1 acre

the farmgate price not being bad,they both accrued good profits justifying their ROI projections

2016…..

The two resolved to plant the watermelons again using the same program as 2015.

What always runs in the mind of the farmer who find himself in this situation as he plans to replant

  • Farmer A thinks he underfed the plants that is why he got lower yields and hence needs to increase the application rates
  •  Farmer b may opt to reduce the amount of fertiliser to be used this growing season insinuationg that his farm is ‘’fertile’’ and will still give better yields
  • Farmer B will stick to the same program and expect the same yields.

What do you think will happen if the same program is repeated?

What do you think farmer A should do? What may fail farmer B should he repeat the same program.?

what do you always do?


Any farmer needs to understand the following,ill put it in the most simplest manner.
Removal rate-this is the toatal amount of nutrients removed from the farm with the produce or after harvesting
uptake rate-this is the total amount of nutrients mined/removed by the plant from the soil
uptake rate is not always same to removal rate as not all the plan parts are removed from te farm during harvesting.
example in melon
for every tone of watermelon harvested,then you remove the following amounts of nutrients from the farm.
1,2kg of Nitrogen
0.39kg of phosphorus
2.9kg of pottassium
0.14kg of calcium
0.12kg of magnesium
0.08kg of sulphur
This implies that if you are targeting 20t in 1acre,then your soil should be able to supply 58kg of K and 24kg of N

in 2015-the cause of the low prduction by farmer A may have been attributed to cop protection* mishap

having harvested more in 2015,this implies that farmer B removed more nutrients from rhe soil than farmer A, thus to ensure sustained production in susequent years/crop,then he need to supply a more or simmilar rate remved from the farm by the previous crop 1.e 12*1.2kg of N=14.2kg and about 34,8kg of K!

this implies that,farmer B needs to  supply more nutrients(read fertilizer) to the farm inorder to maintain the previous yields otherwise,the yields will definitely go down.if he sticks to the same program,thn the yields wil go down

So,what detrmines HOW MUCH FERTILISER ONE APPLIES ?

by knowing the removal rate and,a qualified crop nutrition agronomist can calculate for you this,depending on your target yield

EXAMPLE

if farmer B applied 1 bag of NPK in 2015,then to supply 34.8kgs of K in 2016,he will need 102kgs (2bags) of the same!

otherwie,you will notice tht after a bumper harvest,this is always followed by a very poor harvest,for those doing fruit trees,after a heavy bearing,this is followed by a poor bering/heavy flower and fruit abortion by the plant

*in some parts of africa,the subsequent poor production is sometimes attrbuted to ”bad eyes” by people who envied previous good yields!-this is not true

 

FROM one of the dailies in kenya,here is a response in line with this post,given to a farmer by Mr vitalis wafula,the regional agronomist of Yara East africa ltd on the ASK THE AGRONOMIST PAGE

QUESTION :I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT I TEST MY SOIL AND THEN BUY A FERTILISER  SPECIFICALY  MANUFACTURED FOR MY FARM ,WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?

RESPONSE: Soil testing is a very important practise as the result will give an indication of the potential of your soil to supply  nutrients as well as its properties which are important in making certain agronomic decisions
However,note/remember that,from your farm,you can still get different soil test results.,this then begs the question,would you have to buy different fertiliser types for the different spots with different results within the same farm? It is not commercially viable for any factory to manufacture hundred or thousands of  to suit the soil needs of everyother  farmer.
SOLUTION IN THE BIGGER  PICTURE
Application of fertilizer is meant to principally feed the crop and not the soil, threfore,it is more important to consier the crop nutrient requirement,and supply them using a specific fertiliser,different crops have dfferent nutrien requirements,therefore,this should be considered when deciding which fertiliser to apply
Soil test results will help you in choosing which fertiliser to use but their usefulness  is limited if they are used as a stand alone decision making  factor for deciding the type of fertiliser to use,instead,the crop nutriet requirements should offer the backgroung and aplication of crop specific fertiliser considered, and the rates adjusted based on the local soil conditions as well as the yield  target ,thus,the more the yield target,the higher the rate of nutrients (fertilizer) you would have to apply hence,crop specific fertilisers with rates adjusted for your soil conditions will certaily give you better value in your faming business )