Online Agrovet Business In Kenya; 8 Q and A Before You Start!

Farmers Trend Online Agrovet Business In Kenya focuses on the business of selling through an online retail agrovet farm inputs like seeds, fertilizers, animal feeds, pesticides, herbicides, acaricides, knapsacks and other farm inputs directly to farmers. Lately there has been an upsurge of people doing farming as a business. Such…

General information on copper compounds used as fungicides in Kenya

There are many copper compounds used as fungicides in Kenya. Recommended is Bordeaux mix which is a combination of copper sulphate and hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide).  Other compounds include Copper oxychloride and Copper hydroxide. The latter two are now commonly used and are commercially available. Copper fungicides were formerly accepted in organic farming…

Biopesticides Available In Kenya

Although Kenya has a relatively high number of registered biopesticides products, little is known about biopesticides use by smallholders. Agriculture accounts for 65% of the total export earnings in Kenya with horticulture being the largest agricultural sub-sector contributing about 33% of the Agricultural GDP and 38% of export earnings. Despite…

Advice on fertilizer application on apples

Nutrient deficiencies can greatly affect the performance and productivity of apple trees. When practicing organic farming, most of the fertilisers used are organic, although small amounts of chemical fertilisers are important. Apple trees require various micronutrients in high levels at different growth stages such as Calcium, Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sulphur,…

How effective is organic foliar fertiliser compared to inorganic foliar fertiliser?

Organic and inorganic foliar feeds have their place in plant nutrition. Most organic foliar fertilisers will provide the necessary macro-nutrients but quantity and efficiency will vary, depending on the materials used for their preparation. Inorganic foliar fertiliser, on the other hand, is specific in the nutrients provided and quantity. In…

How can foliar fertiliser help overcome low yields and produce poor-quality coffee beans?

Low yields are a result of poor soil health, poor agronomic practices, erratic weather and other factors. Applying lime can improve soil health. One can also apply manure to improve organic matter content. Ground application of fertiliser, complemented with appropriate foliar fertiliser address plant nutritional requirements. Poor quality beans can…

What is foliar fertiliser and how is it different from ground-applied fertiliser?

These are concentrated solutions that are directly applied to leaves. Foliar fertiliser will not replace ground fertiliser. It is only complementary for nutrient uptake. Such a fertiliser satisfies deficiencies the plant may have. Plants can only absorb small doses of their nutrient requirements through leaves. They absorb most of their…

Giving Clarity to the issues of fertilizer use and of soil acidity in Kenya

Questions surrounding the types and availability of fertilizers being used in Kenya have emerged over the past few years. The issues of soil acidity and reduced yields over the years has also paused a chain of questions on the credibility of the advice given to farmers on fertilizer application rate…