Tips on grow­ing pome­gran­ate fruit

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This fruit called pome­gran­ate is pen­e­trat­ing the mar­ket, es­pe­cially su­per­mar­kets. I saw it be­ing sold in some su­per­mar­kets in Ukunda and Keri­cho at a good price. What are the cli­matic con­di­tions for it to thrive well? Sec­ond, how can I get the seedlings? Martin

Pome­gran­ate trees will do well in ar­eas with an al­ti­tude of 1,800m above sea level. Hot and dry cli­mate is good dur­ing fruit de­vel­op­ment for faster growth and high yields.

The op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture dur­ing fruit de­vel­op­ment is 36-38°C. Pomegranates can do well in a wide range of soils but they should be well-drained, deep and rich in or­ganic mat­ter. Soil ph is 5.5-7.0. Lack of mois­ture in the soil leads to fruit crack­ing. Ir­ri­ga­tion is prac­tised dur­ing the dry sea­son. You can get seedlings from farm­ers Wil­son Ndungu on 0714080532 or Maina of Eden Villa Farm in Laikipia on 0734585500.

Carol Mu­tua, Depart­ment of Crops, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Soils,

Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


I need a so­lar-pow­ered chicken in­cu­ba­tor. Please in­form me of the prices and where I can get it. Ge­of­frey Kar­iuki, Naivasha One can buy a so­lar-pow­ered chicken in­cu­ba­tor from any one of the fol­low­ing sup­pli­ers:

1. God­frey Ng’ang’a (0721612771) of Kikuyu Town, Ki­ambu County at an av­er­age cost of Sh70,000 for 700-egg ca­pac­ity among other sizes 2. Liv­ing­stone Waithaka of Asi­aquar­ters Es­tate, Ny­eri for a 70-egg ca­pac­ity in­cu­ba­tor for Sh30,000. Prof. Daudi M. Nyaanga and Abich O. Otieno, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural En­gi­neer­ing, Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


I am rear­ing in­dige­nous chick­ens and I wish to im­prove to Kienyeji or Kuroiler. I am also in­ter­ested in pig rear­ing. Help me de­velop a busi­ness plan that con­tains hous­ing plans, dis­ease con­trol and vac­ci­na­tion feed­ing sched­ules. Mar­garet

Your busi­ness idea is great bear­ing in mind that Christ­mas is near­ing. All the as­pects of the busi­ness would be cap­tured in a busi­ness plan which we can help you come up with. Our team has spe­cial­ists in an­i­mal pro­duc­tion who will help with the hous­ing plan, dis­ease con­trol, vac­ci­na­tion and feed­ing sched­ule. Send an email to dick­son@agfresh­sup­ for fur­ther en­gage­ment.

Dick­son Otieno, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural Eco­nom­ics and Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment, Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


I would be glad if I get materials on busi­ness plan to start a pig farm. I have six al­ready.

Si­las We are in a po­si­tion to offer as­sis­tance with this task but this is in­ten­sive and can­not fit here. Kindly send me a mail on disk­son @agfreshs up­ Dick­son Otieno, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural Eco­nom­ics and Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment, Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


I am a Kienyeji im­proved poul­try farmer in Mom­basa though I also farm crops in Taveta through ir­ri­ga­tion. My prob­lem is on poul­try feeds for­mu­la­tion for both meat and egg birds. What should I mix and in what ra­tios? Two, ed­u­cate me on light man­age­ment for im­proved lay­ing? Kevin Le­si­lale

In poul­try rear­ing, feeds ac­count for 60-70 per cent of pro­duc­tion costs, leav­ing farm­ers look­ing for al­ter­na­tives to keep their businesses run­ning. A good num­ber have re­sorted to mak­ing their own feeds at home, but op­ti­mal pro­duc­tion still re­mains an up­hill task as a con­se­quence. Feed for­mu­la­tion calls for tech­ni­cal and prac­ti­cal guid­ance to get it right. Tech­ni­cal knowl­edge in­volves qual­ity, nu­tri­ent and mix­ing pre­ci­sion as well as the eco­nom­ics while prac­ti­cal is the art. Please re­fer

to Seeds of Gold ar­ti­cle, The ‘A-Z of mak­ing your own qual­ity chicken feeds at home to cut costs’ avail­able on­line. On the other hand, light­ing pro­gramme is a key tool in man­age­ment of lay­ers as it de­ter­mines pro­duc­tiv­ity. As a quick guide, re­fer to Seeds of Gold sec­tion Di­ary of a Poul­try Farmer, the ar­ti­cle Light man­age­ment for lay­ers from week one dated

July 29, also avail­able on­line.

Felix Akatch Opinya, Depart­ment of An­i­mal Sciences,

Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


Please di­rect me to any poul­try farmer who can guide me on how to ex­cel in the busi­ness. Karanja

Suc­cess­ful farm pro­duc­tion thrives on get­ting tech­ni­cal knowhow and prac­ti­cal as­pects to­gether. Prac­ti­cal

train­ings or­gan­ised by in­sti­tu­tions re­ally add value to farm­ers in ad­di­tion to ex­change vis­its. There are many ex­cel­lent poul­try farm­ers across the coun­try but I re­fer you to Dr Su­biri Ob­wogo’s farm. Write him on bob­wogo@hot­

Felix Akatch Opinya, Depart­ment of An­i­mal Sciences,

Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


I would like to plant Maradol pawpaws. Please ed­u­cate me on this va­ri­ety and where I can get it. Ju­liana Ndungu

Maradol pa­paya is a new va­ri­ety which was in­tro­duced by FAO in Kenya. It is high-yield­ing, tasty, self­pol­li­nated, early-ma­tur­ing (takes 11-12 months), and the tree is dwarf mak­ing pick­ing of the fruits very easy. It is be­ing grown by farm­ers in West Pokot. You can get more in­for­ma­tion

about it from Kalro Mari­gat through direc­ or 0773479016/7. Carol Mu­tua, Depart­ment of Crops, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Soils, Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


Where can I get African foxtail grass seeds for plant­ing? Eric Please con­tact Ke­rio Val­ley De­vel­op­ment Author­ity on +254 (053) 2063361 or

Carol Mu­tua, Depart­ment of Crops, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Soils, Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


I have a Mugumo tree grow­ing out­side a wall and it has en­croached in­side the build­ing. Please guide me how to erad­i­cate it. Mur­taza The only way to deal with this is


I have a pas­sion for es­tab­lish­ing a tree nurs­ery in my home vil­lage in Ethiopia where lo­cal res­i­dents could ac­cess the seedlings to plant around their homes and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions like schools as well as in ar­eas af­fected by soil ero­sion. I am im­pressed by Pa­trick’s work and would like to visit the nurs­ery site in Kure­soi, Nakuru County. I am, there­fore, kindly re­quest­ing if you could share with me his con­tact.

Ketema Aschenaki Bizuneh Se­nior Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor

–RMNCAH EDI­TOR: Kindly con­tact Pa­trick Bett on 0823333283.


Please send me the con­tacts of Ami­ran Kenya and that of Solo­plant, off ka­bati in Thika. Isaac Mkar­iuki EDI­TOR: Con­tact Brian Ges­imba of Solo­plant on 0819096000.


I liked the story on the farmer keep­ing Leghorn chick­ens in Kim­ilili, Bun­goma. Kindly share his con­tact. Sa­muel

I rep­re­sent a firm from In­dia but based in the US, and three of our top ex­ec­u­tives shall be vis­it­ing Kenya be­tween Novem­ber 12 and 18. I have cho­sen to in­clude a tour of Ngugi’s poul­try farm. Share his con­tact.

Thomas Od­hi­ambo EDI­TOR: Mwangi Ngugi is avail­able on 0829982261.

to cut down the tree. Mugumo tree is clas­si­fied un­der fig trees and many of such de­velop roots that grow hor­i­zon­tally along the soil sur­face. Quite of­ten they crack road, slab and even houses near them. They are dan­ger­ous near houses be­cause their roots can even pen­e­trate in­side the house and cause more dam­age. Gen­er­ally, it is rec­om­mended that when de­sign­ing tree land­scape in a home, con­sider the type and growth char­ac­ter­is­tics of trees. This will help the home owner to place trees in their right po­si­tion ac­cord­ing their na­ture of growth. I sug­gest that you de­stroy the tree. Peter Caleb Otieno, Depart­ment of Crops, Hor­ti­cul­ture and soils, Eger­ton Uni­ver­sity.


Traders ar­range var­i­ous fruits for sale at Uthiru Mar­ket in Nairobi. With the on­go­ing heavy rains across the coun­try, de­mand for fruits has de­clined as sup­ply re­mains high.


A com­bine har­vester har­vests maize at Kap­suswa Farm in Su­goi, Uasin Gishu County dur­ing the World Food Day cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day. Many farm­ers fear los­ing their maize due to on­go­ing rains.

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