Entries by Cropnuts

Wamagata Ng’ang’a: Why More Fertilizer Isn’t Always Better

By Oscar Adika   “More isn’t better. It’s just more. And if directed at the wrong things, it’s actually worse.” – anonymous Tucked in the middle of ever bustling and busy Kinoo area, lies a 3 acre farm. 2 small greenhouses, a cow/goat/chicken/rabbit shed and a home are all squeezed in the little space compound. […]

Nyumbani Karen Organic Farm: Starting With The Basics

By Oscar Adika   “To get a good production in farming, there are basics you cannot ignore in farming. One of them is irrigation water analysis..” – Paul Ndirangu Paul Ndirangu is the Farm Manager at Nyumbani Children’s Home. Paul has recently been charged with managing Nyumbani’s Karen Organic Farm – which farms organic produce […]

Makongi Farm Success Story: Succeeding Against All Odds

By Wanyaka Gituku Despite the drought & fall army worm challenge in 2017, Tim – a maize farmer and Owner of Makongi Farm in Eldoret – harvested his maize and he has every reason to smile.. In Eldoret county lies an expansive farm located between Cherengany hills and Mt Elgon. The farm known as Makongi […]

Kibera Man Grabs A Flower Exporting Opportunity To Eke A Living

When Talib Ibrahim from Makina, Kibera travelled to Egypt to pursue further studies in Nautical Technology at the Maritime Academy, he had no prior knowledge of what was to befall him which later became a game changer in his life.. At the university, an opportunity for exporting flowers from Kenya to Egypt came forth and […]

Agrobacterium – The Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid it’s a nightmare, and causes large ugly cankers called crown galls, and […]

Healthy Soils: Key to Unlocking the Grass Potential In Arid Lands

By Anne Munene When Kenya’s President Uhuru was inaugurated for his second and final term on Nov 26th, those of us in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), were gratified when President painted the broad picture on how his government will go about ensuring that Kenya can get out of the drought cycles through  a re-engineered […]

Critical Issues in Plant Nutrition in Floriculture

By Ruth Vaughan <Scroll down to subscribe to this newsletter> In my line of work I visit hundreds of flower farms a year; the flourishing, the ticking over, and the ones in dire straits. A lot of my hard work is dealing with farms that suddenly run into problems. “Ruth, please come and visit our […]