Food legislation and inspection in Kenya

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Fertilizer

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertilizer is currently in short supply in Kenya. What should farmers do? Let's first take a look at the role of Calcium in the soil and in crops In soil and plant nutrition calcium is King. Calcium Ammonium…
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Avocado Farming Guide

Avocado farming in Kenya and around the globe is gaining prominence partly because of the nutritious benefits of the avocado fruit. But where does one start in farming these delicious fruit? Full of flavor, packing a high nutrient punch and…
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Designing A Suitable Fertigation System

Fertigation is the application of fertilizer together with irrigation water.  The most common form of fertigation in Kenya is via drip irrigation.  Fertigation provides precise nutrition, application flexibility, minimized loses & environmental…
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Pesticide Toxicity To Bees & Other Pollinators

The impending neonicotinoid pesticide ban in the EU, and its potential impact on farmers and bees, leads us to the question: How does pesticide use affect pollinators here in Kenya? Pesticide use Subsistence maize farmers, the majority, use…
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Greenhouse Farming Starter Guide

Greenhouse farming When you grow plants out in the open field, your soil has time to rest and regenerate. Not so in the greenhouse, where the climate is much hotter and the soil and plants are working hard all year round. Soil temperatures…
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Nematode: Our Silent Nemesis?

Nematode are microscopic, non-segmented, round worms that come under the Phylum Nematoda.  They are very diverse and live in organisms, plants, soils and water (terrestrial and aquatic).  100 cc of soil can contain several thousand nematodes. Nematodes…
Food legislation and inspection in Kenya

Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [June 2018 Update]

Pesticide regulation via maximum residue level (MRL) testing allows the European Union to set maximum allowable crop pesticide residues in food Pesticide Regulation and MRL Testing A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published.…
Food legislation and inspection in Kenya

Food Safety Standards: How Safe Is The Food You Eat?

Food safety standards in Kenya Food safety is a rapidly emerging discipline.  We are what we eat.  How safe is our food? Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, testing and storage of food in ways that…
Food legislation and inspection in Kenya

The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

You may think that the common factor between drought and flood in many places in Kenya is water, especially lately. Other than the lack or abundance of rain, the major reason for droughts and floods is the soil's health status and its inability…
Food legislation and inspection in Kenya

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…