Maturity Period and Harvesting of Pineapple Fruits

It takes pineapple 9months to be of sufficient mass (dark green in color) to produce a good sized fruit. At this point it is set for artificial inducement. NOTE:This period of time for maturity is particular by pineapples propagated by suckers only.▶Note; it is not advisable to plant pineapple on a lease or rented land because pineapples produce all year round.Plant it on your own land.▶ Cost Analysis on one acre of Pineapple Farm Purchase of pineapple suckers of 25,000 pieces is needed for one acre of land under standard…

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Ideal Spacing Required in planting Pineapples

Pineapple plants are usually set out in twin/double or triple rows. A spacing of 1m from center to center of beds/ridges, rows 60cm apart within beds/ridges and plants 30cm apart within rows is recommended (30 x 60x 100cm) giving a plant population of 55,000 plants/ha.  Ensure that your suckers are ready like 1week before planting. Peel off the first two-leaf layers of the root base so as to expose the young roots, thereby hastening growth rate. While planting, ensure to plant the suckers at a depth of 10 cm.

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How to Control Pests and Diseases in a Pineapple Farm

Mealybug is a common pest of pineapple found on the surface of the pineapple leaf as well as inside the enclosed blossom cups. It is also a vector of wilt disease in pineapple. Mealy bug can be controlled by spraying insecticide in the morning or evening on the pineapple field.Nematodes are also serious pests of pineapple;They are controlled by fumigating the soil with 1, 3-D. Root rot disease can be prevented by avoiding too much water around the root zone of pineapple but can be controlled by improving soil drainage.

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Methods of Weed Control on a Pineapple Farm

It is important to control weeds in pineapple farm during the first four months after planting so as to avoid slow growth of pineapple plants which could arise as a result of competition for space, nutrients and air with the crop. It is advisable that a A pre-emergence application of Atrazine @ 4kg a.i/ha is is to be applied immediately after planting in other to block the germination of weed seeds for as long as possible. Thereafter,a tank mixture of Atrazine and diuron can be used subsequently for weed control…

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The Ideal Soil Type Required for Pineapple Farming

Pineapple growers do not only make money from the sales of pineapple fruits but also sell suckers to other intending growers. Hence, pineapple is the current money spinner as far as farming enterprise is concerned today. First,you need to understand that Pineapple thrive well on a well drained sandy soil because of the nature of its roots. The roots are extremely fragile and can only grow in a loose and well aerated soil with relatively good water retention. Hence, silty soils and clayey soils are not recommended for growing pineapples.…

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How and When to Fertilize a Pineapple Farm

Pineapple plants has a very high demand for nutrients such as Nitrogen,Potassium and Iron but low requirements for nutrients such as Phosphorus and Calcium. Due to these demands, it is advisable to apply manure or NPK (20:10:10) at two months after planting if the land has a low level of these nutrients but it can be applied at four months if the farmland is rich in these nutrients at the time of planting. Thereafter,apply Urea or manure again at six months to help shift leaf color towards a darker yellow-green.…

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Inter-cropping:- Advantages and Disadvantages

Inter-cropping is a multiple cropping practice involving growing two or more crops in proximity. The most common goal of inter-cropping is to produce a greater yield on a given piece of land by making use of resources or ecological processes that would otherwise not be utilized by a single crop.   Advantage of Inter-cropping 🥫Inter-cropping gives additional yield income/unit area than sole cropping. 🥫It acts as an insurance against failure of crops in abnormal year. 🥫Inter-crops maintain the soil fertility as the nutrient uptake is made from both layers of…

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How to Cultivate Grafted Wambugu Apples

Wambugu apple can be grown in any soil type and weather but not in a waterlog area. For optimum growth and yield plant them in a sandy-loam soil. Planting Soak the roots of the seedlings in water for an hour before planting to hydrate them. Sow the seedlings into the already dug hole at a depth of 2 inches above the soil level. Mulch the root area with the compost manure. Transplant them very early in the morning or later in the evening but first of all loosen the soil…

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Wambugu Apples – Introduction

Wambugu apple also known as semi-arid-apple is an organic grafted apple that can be grown anywhere around the world. Due to Climatic conditions, Apple farming has been a difficult thing in West Africa including Nigeria. Although this fruit bearing plant is very selective yet the fruit is liked by many people in our country. That is why the rate of consumption’s keeps increasing daily. Apple is more preferred than other fruits with a higher price as one can go for as high as #50 or #100 depending on the size.…

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Health Benefits of Beans and Why you should eat Beans

Beans are seeds from the Fabaceae family, commonly known as the legume, pea, or bean family. They are an affordable source of protein, fiber, and vitamins that offer many health benefits. They usually grow in pods, which are capsules with several beans inside. These pods or capsules develop from flowers. Other legumes include peas, peanuts, and lentils. In this article, we are going to learn about the nine health benefits of beans, including getting more protein and reducing the risk of heart disease. The 9 Different type of beans include:…

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History of Wambugu Apple

The reality on the ground however, is that we have an ever-growing demand for apples yet only a handful of apples are produced locally. What if you could start an apple farm, using locally-bred seedlings that unlike exotic ones require minimal care? Let me give you a short story about Wambugu Apples, a Kenyan innovation that holds great potential for agribusiness enthusiasts like you and me. Peter Wambugu is the name of a man who used to work as a mechanic in the streets of Nyeri. One day, he got…

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Cucumber Farming

1. HISTORY AND BACKGROUND Cucumber, Cucumis sativus, is part of the Cucurbitaceae family and is thought to have originated in Nepal. Cucumbers are frost sensitive and are cultivated in the open or in greenhouses, depending on the type. Greenhouse cucumbers are parthenocarpic (produce fruit without fertilization of ovules), and the fruit are usually seedless. The fruit has a mild flavour, with a thin, tender, dark green skin that does not require peeling. The general fruit shape is roughly cylindrical, elongated, with tapered ends and range from 12-38cm when ready for…

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How to Grow Tomatoes

Tomato is a vegetable locally produced and highly consumed in Uganda. Almost on a daily basis every person has to eat a tomato in their food. Common Tomato Varieties Grown The choice of a Tomato cultivar is based on fruit quality, adaptability and reliability, susceptibility to diseases and pests. Varieties include: – Rio Grande, Star and many more others It’s advisable to go for a hybrid seed for commercial farmers since these seeds are high yielding, resistant and produce durable fruits. Tomato Growing Requirements Tomatoes give good results when grown…

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10 Incredible Benefits of Rice

The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process. It also plays a role in providing vitamin B1 to the human body. Other benefits include its ability to aid in skin care, boost metabolism , regulate digestion , and reduce high blood pressure. It helps in weight loss, boosts the immune system, and provides protection against dysentery, cancer and heart diseases. WHAT IS RICE? Rice is cereal grain, which belongs to the…

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Propping and Harvesting of Plantains

Propping The heavy weight of the plantain bunch bends all bearing plants and can cause doubling (pseudo stem breaks), snap-off (corm breaks, leaving a part in the ground) or uprooting also called top-over whereby the entire corm with root comes out of the ground. Plants are generally weak during the dry season and strong winds, nematodes and stem borers also increase the rate of loss. For these reasons, bearing plants always need support from 1 or 2 wooden props usually made of bamboo. If a piece of bamboo is used,…

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