Tips on growing pomegranate fruit
GROWING BEST POMEGRANATE
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,
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.
MOVING TO KUROILER FROM KIENYEJI BIRDS
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 email@example.com for further engagement.
Dickson Otieno, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University.
MATERIALS ON BUSINESS PLAN
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 upplies.com. Dickson Otieno, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University.
FEED FORMULATION, LIGHTING IN POULTRY
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Felix Akatch Opinya, Department of Animal Sciences,
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 email@example.com or 0773479016/7. Carol Mutua, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University.
AFRICAN FOXTAIL GRASS SEEDS
Where can I get African foxtail grass seeds for planting? Eric Please contact Kerio Valley Development Authority on +254 (053) 2063361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Mutua, Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University.
I HAVE MUGUMO TREE GROWING NEAR HOUSE
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
PASSION FOR TREES
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.