ASK ,WE SHALL ANSWER,AND IF ITS COMPLEX,WE SHALL LINK YOU


Agriculture is Dynamic….very dynamic.I still picture a recent scenario where a farmer visited a shop in Nakuru and was seeking to be given AMBUSH, scenes of farmers coming to the shops with notes from agronomist prescribing some chemicals eg Bayleton(which have since been replaced by a different molecule by Bayer crop science) have not escaped my eyes too.

These indicate that each and every person involved in the industry has to be updated by the emerging trends to remain relevant either in the market or in the farm!

Agroinfokenya prides itself of a goup of agronomist with experience in several fields  as well as experience of agricultural dynamics agross the different regions/areas in the country.

we therefore seek your support in ensuring we diseminate the information we have in conjunction with the challenges faced by the farmer to the public for knwledge growth by sending us an email to info@agroinfokenya.com>  with your questions,sugestions,advice or any relevant article you deem necesary for the general farmer domain.

kindly NOTE that agroinfokenya  does not accept any academic plagiarism ,thus any article from a member shall be duly acredited to him/her whereas any plagiarised material WIll NOT be published unless credit isgiven to the author.

if we dont have the full information you specifically need,we will link you to the people to answer

UNEMPLOYMENT FOR AGRICULTURAL GRADUATES,THE GAP

FARMING PAYS AS WELL AS PAINS

Our attention is directed to a recent post on social media (Twitter) (facebook)by  some concerned graduate in agriculture in kenya regarding unemployment.

The comments made by most people were eye catching and i beg to refer to some of them.

Noah M. M. Nasiali I think the problem is too much research and yet the practical part is not being managed.

What if you all formed an organisation to work with farmers to offer agronomic support.

Have an Uber-style working.
Get farmers to pay for services rendered either monthly or per season.

Epuri Lebasha Mr . Noah M. M. Nasiali I absolutely agree with you. I don’t know of the “don’t want to be employed in farms thing” coz over here, there is ideally more emphasis jn practical learning. 60% of EARTH U students go back to the farm etc. And an agronomist should be a farm lover anyway. Kenya Association of Agronomists still have miles to go. They ought to be maskio and macho of wakulima as well and farmers would never feel a negatively targeted group.

Agroinfokenya feels that the current system doesnt give the agricultural students an opportunity to realize exactly what it means to be “studying Agriculture or any related course,it ,to some extent demean the profession.

Why should the agricultural students get internship in goverment institutions where they are tasked with arranging files?

By giving the proffesion the attention it requires,then in no way will the graduates be seeeking for employment but will be seeking for employees.

TO THE STUDENTS….

Having some of the curent team of agronomists being victims of the system inadequacy in attention focus to the nobble profesion,the suggestion to have the agriculture students seek to get internship/attachment to both medium, small as well as large scale farms later on will inject into them the desire to be the change agents in the sector.Unfortunately,most of us want to get internship only in firms where we will be paid but not where we are given the opportunity to have a hands on experience in the farm.

After clearing college,how many of you will want to be employed as farm managers,how many will want to directly go to the farm and start production? how many will want to go to the office in a tie? if you are thinking of the later,then you better think twice.as Bet  ALREADY SAID IT

To the Institutions

Why cant we throw away the box and think without it being near us,the normal “project ” by the students which sometimes are not aligned to the current development in the sector can be restructured to have the funds dedicated to the students who can direct these into leasing a farm,planting the crop of their choice as well as managing this up to the market level .this will definately give the students a hands on experience in the sector where they may enjoy the money as well as hear the experience of their collegues who lost it during their presentations.

What i know is …FARMING PAYS AS WELL AS PAINS

 

 

DO YOU KNOW HOW THESE NUMBERS ARE IMPORTANT….LET THEM BE YOUR GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REF No:……………………

Lot No:………………….

Batch No:…………….

Purity:…………………

Germination:……….

Packaging date:Pack size:…….

Knowing what this means will help you so much.Do you know what each means?

 

IT IS NOT A WHITE COLLAR JOB BET,DONT BOTHER SAYING IT

Agriculture CS Willy Bett says no jobs for graduates

 
By John Shilitsa | Updated Mon, April 10th 2017 at 08:44 GMT +3

 

 

NAIROBI, KENYA:

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett has told students graduating in agricultural courses not to expect to be absorbed by the Government.

Mr Bett explained that the Government had no capacity to employ agriculture technicians and managers even with the high number of students graduating every year. Instead, he advised graduates to be creative and innovative to be able to create jobs for themselves and others instead of wasting their time waiting for white-collar jobs.

He was speaking during a graduation ceremony at Bukura Agricultural College. He said a new agriculture transformation and growth strategy designed to attract the youth into farming would be launched soon.

THE WATERMELON CHALLENGE-ACREAGE OR NUMBER OF PLANTS??

1g of watermelon seeds (the zebra type-F1) is estimated to have 10-12 seeds, hence a 500g tin will have approximatelly 6000 seeds. with a germination percentage of 80% ,one is bound to have 4800 plants on the farm.Normally,these number of plants are estimated to fit into a one acre piece of land.

The major Quetion herein is.

literally,if one has 4800 plants and manages to have only one fruit per plant with eah weighing 5kgs,then the yields per acre should be close /more than 24,000 kgs (24T)!!!!

in reality

99.9% of the medium to small scale farmers hardly attain more than 9,000kgs /acre. This then begs the question…….is it worth it to look at the acreage or it would be prudent to change and look at the number of plants as well as maximise the production per plant?

ENTER The watermelon challenge

What is the problem? why 4800 plants and 9T??

  • is it greed ,the need to make a “scale tag” name in the society?
  • Is it loss of focus?
  • is it lack of understanding of the agronomic principles
  • is it the seed varietied limited production potential vis-a vi the promised production
  • …………………………what is it???

ETEINA FARM HAS A WATERMELON CHALLENGE INNITIATIVE RUNNING

In collaboration with  farmers ready to have these questions answered,demistify the production promise and/or cement the trust and belief of the documented production potential,Eteina farm which specialises in seedling raising for farmers is running a challenge across the country .The farmers are to plant a specific number of seeds/plants  and later on analyse the production.

  • Every farmer is free to select the variety of his/her choice
  • the farmer is to document all the agronomic activities employed on the farm/crop /plot
  • The farmer ids to use his/her own production tricks ,with the major difference being -ATTENTION to the number of plants in the plot
  • the farmer is to seek from his/her agricultural consultants the best way he can have more yields with the stiulated number of plants
  • Harvesting of the fruits will be done in the presence of selected witneses especially if the farmers documentation signifies a high rate of production potential

All the proceses will be documented and shared on the official channel for the challenge where any interested member can join to follow up the challenge t.me/watermelonchallenge

At the end of the challenge,the results will be shared and the best analysed and discussed

The best program/seed will then be replicated in the forthcoming mega-demo site at Eteina farm where comparison will then be made

As agroinfokenya,we will follow the challenge close,visit some of the site and have the documented reports uploaded on our site for the farmers to access

we wish to have some of the observations in the following post addresed.https://agroinfokenya.com/site/2016/11/19/seed-type-selection-zebra-variety/

our team wishes the farmers in the challenge the best of production luck in having the best fruits

 

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