ANY EXPERIENCE ON THESE ?

Rana papaya


we are doing a local research on farmers experience in the following crop to enable some of our members venture into the production. kindly send any photos or information on these papayas if you have any local experience on them to info@agroinfokenya.com.

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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/

THE FAILED PROMISES OF QUICK CASH, THE NEW CATCH…the same clientele

                           WHAT OF THE FAILED GREENHOUSES?

……Now we have Nunua ploti na greenhouse!!!!!!!

Before making any coments, i beg to direct my opinions on the following articles ,i dont mean they are not worth,but since they are in the public domain,why not disect the information?

http://farmbizafrica.com/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-greenhouse-options-and-costs-in-kenya-5

With an investment of only ksh 120,000 one is “guaranteed” a return of ksh 1Million per annum! Farming then must be really lucrative! mathematically,one would only have to invest ksh 240.000 into two greenhouses to be assured of ksh 2M within the year,alternatively,secure a loan of ksh 600,000 with a repayment period of 4years ,invest in the greenhouses (4 of 8by 15M) and within a season,as per the links 1 he/she will repay the loan fully and continue leaving DEBT FREE!

I doubt,if any small scale farmer can ever break even by planting Onions in a miniature greenhouse or rather an 8M by 15M greenhouse

a farmer testiony as per this link is also encouraging and mouth watering ,

BUT

Agroinfokenya has come across so many greenhouses across the country that have now turned to be stores,the school greenhouse projects have been key into ensuring the teachers have a place where the students can store their school bags during exams! (why on earth does a reputable company construct a tunnell in the coastal region with No ventilation?!!

as you Drive,cycle,or walk home…..how many greenhouse structures do you see?  of all these,how many ,on closer look do you see a crop in it?….of all the ones with a crop in it,how many do you gauge have a serious crop in it?

We at Agroinfokenya pose the Quesion…What is the driving factor behid the failures of these projects? what are the companies involved in these projects doing to avert these? how many farmers have lost their investments as a result of the basic information provided to only encourage the farmer to Buy the structure?

The social media is awash with ”many would be millionaires” seeking buyers for their structures with a QUICK sale message,many have been demoralised yet many are still optimistic that something can be done in the right way,giving the right information and not just giving information TAILORED to Make sales.

we call upon the companies involved in these projects to MIND the customers,Mind the farmers as well as Protect the farmer investment by giving the right information at the right time and at the right costs.. after all,if the farmers fail,the sustainability of the projects /business is at risk as farmers will not Buy more.

We believe that proper attention is not offered to the small and medium scale farmers compared to the large scale farms ,after all,very few large scale farms have these problems due to unlimited access to information from these companies .

we at agroinfokenya seek to have the right information,we seek to convey this to the public without bias..as well,we seek to have the farming comunity shout at the top of their voice that It is NOT as it is said BUT as you want t to be..

we trust that with openess and honesty as displayed by such companies …https://illuminumgreenhouses.com/the-realities-of-greenhouse-returns/,farmers will feel safe in the hands of professionals.

quoting from http://www.farmerstrend.co.ke/read-pros-cons-investing-greenhouse-farming/  ”TRUE,There is  MONEY in greenhouse farming. But it is not easy money, as the aggressive sellers of greenhouse technology would want farmers to believe.”

Kindly share your experiences , photos of FAILED greenhouses as well as those prospering to our page https://www.facebook.com/agroinfokenya/

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

SETTLING THE QUESTIONS,DEMONSTRATING THE PROGRAM,NETWORKING THE FARMERS

photo by Dennis nyandaya

 

I have the honor to belong to 18 farming groups on watsapp (Not counting the ones i have “‘LEFT” . In most of the cases, I tend to ARCHIVE the messages because of the repetitive nature of the questions even after they have been answered, but as an agronomist, I do not blame the farmer, I know -seeing is believing, and regardless of the age of your memory, the photographic plate can always be refreshed by the act of seeing thus believing ,which thereafter triggers action which is implementation. The crops of interest have varied but the degree of interests have drifted towards the following crops

Watermelon”a crop of interest to most startups,with high returns ..do i transplant ofseed directly,do i need to break dorancy,how many fruits do i need per vine?…..”

                                 Onion

Onions:after harvesting the onions,do you know how to store it?  do you want big bulbs or small bulbs? how about the pungency..how many plans can be grown n an acre…….

                           Sweet pepper

 

 

Capsicum “Do i grow the colored ones or the green ones,which seed is good,how do i start,can i do direct planting?”

 

Some of the major questions in these fora include

  • Which is the best seed?
  • what is the difference between seed X and seed Y?
  • how does the *fruits of seeds X look like?
  • How do i  plant the seed.   and so on and so on……?
  • what do the buyers require?

Agroinfokenya has always and will always remain neutral in provision of such information with the most professional approach as well as farmer centric approach ,this includes ,not shying off from  communicating the negative attributes of any seed that does not live up to the standards (from the farmers responses /feedback)

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CAPSICUM PRODUCTION-YOUR QUESTION

photo 😀 Nyandaya

https://agroinfokenya.com/site/2017/03/01/crop-nutrition-how-to-do-it/Question : I have followed your advice on several crops in the forum, I currently have diversified into capsicum (pilipili Hoho) farming targeting high yields as well as bigger fruits with a high shelf life, kindly advise on the fertilizer to use Read more

IS IT THE PREPARED FARMER’S TIME TO ”EAT”?

Current potato prices are extremely good to warrant any new entrant to record this period as the best projected period for harvesting if one has to venture into potato production

The earlier any farmer realizes that the projections based on past planting history are currently rendered obsolete and cannot significantly function in the current era ,the better prepared the farmer will be in planning his/her planting program.

are you a potato farmer,what is your advise and what is your opinion?

this is not just going to happen to the potato farmers only,but some green maize farmers are also laughing all the way to the bank,at the same time,some farmers are praying hard for the fall armyworm menace to continue…..after all one mans predicament is another mans jackpot.Watch out for the maize prices too.

what is your take? are you prepared?

DO NOT BASE YOUR FARMING ON BEING REACTIVE TO THE PREVAILING PRICES BUT BE PROACTIVE IN THE MARKET SUPPLY CHAIN

 

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?

 

THE TELEPHONE FARMER AGONY

After planning on how to go about farming ,the engineer was sure that he will manage as a telephone farmer-any way,what was the essence of Watsapp if not to help him in farmind?

Planting went well ,germination was superb and he was happy,after all,seeing all this transformation while on leave away from nairobi was what he had been longing for.

Done with the lave and could only coe on site after every three weeks,he decided as a good kenyan,put all his trust in the “farm manager” whom he was HANDSOMELY paying ksh 6,000 per month! To manage his 5 acre investment of the watermelo(you know what this investment means)

Back in the office,he happily shared with friends what he is currently doing so that he can get more income as he saw featured in some media on Saturday/Sundays

To motivate the workers,he bought a motorbike to be used to reach the nearest town for chemicals and fuel for the pumps.after all he only needed to call the agrodealer and instruct him to give a particular chemical(which he had widely read about on the internet) and pay via mpesa

Week 3,he couldn’t go to the farm as he was ‘’too busy” to get to the farm,so the best option was to use technology-ask the worker to sent current photos of the farm and specifically te crop condition through watsapp.This,he got after some 1hr as the worker had gone to the market and couldnt take the pics immediately.

Looking at the crop,he was not very happy as they appeared wilted but on inquiry,he was assured that with more watering frequency-which meant more fuel,this will be sorted(as jua ilikuwa imewaka saaana).he promptly increased the fuel allocation

………………….week 5

He got the time off to the farm,and what he found out,was hertbreaking-.THE PHOTOS HE WAS RECIEVING WERE OF A NEIGBOURING FARM whose owner is a peasant farmer and NOT HIS,all his investment was a shaddow of what he envisioned!…

His harvest was some few good looking fruits with the majority classified as sekete and ferried by probox buyers.

PAY YOUR WORKERS WELL!!!!