A Comprehensive Guide on How to Plant Cassava

Cassava (Manihot Esculenta) is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize. In this post, we will highlight the comprehensive guide on how to start a cassava farm. According to Wikipedia, the origin of cassava can be traced back to West-central Brazil where it was likely first domesticated no more than 10,000 years BP. It was however introduced to Africa by Portuguese traders from Brazil in the 16th century. Today, Nigeria ranks first position as the world largest producer of cassava. This is followed by…

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Recommended Routine Activities on a Rabbitry Farm

Throughout this issue, we have placed a lot of emphasis on security when constructing or purchasing your structures and choosing your equipment. Once you have a safe rabbitry in place, security should still be a priority. This security extends beyond protecting rabbits from outside threats and includes their safekeeping in all ways, from vigilant temperature control to regular feeding schedules. The best way to make sure your rabbits stay protected is to develop consistent routines. 1. Visitor guidelines A rabbit raiser called me up recently and said his does would…

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Important Tools and Equipment for Raising Rabbits

Expert advice on which tools and equipment for raising rabbits is absolutely vital to your success, plus some rabbit handling advice. We’ve covered basic housing options and the typical rabbit feed and watering options already. But what about all those extra tools that make running a rabbitry go smoother – the things you’d never think about until you were helping a buddy cull a few rabbits and you had one of those where-did-you-get-that-thing moments? And where should you draw the line between essential and nonessential? Read on, and we’ve got…

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Plantain Inter-cropping

Plantain fields are arranged in rows spaced 3 m x 2 m. As the canopy closes only some 5 to 6 months after planting, a fair amount of inter-row space remains un-exploited during the first months. This space can be used for plants which have a short life cycle and which do not compete with plantains. Groundnut, yam, cocoyam and maize are suitable inter-crops although maize effectively delays the plantain harvest by about 2 months. Cassava and cowpea are not suitable, because their yields are reduced under the shade of…

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Where do the best strawberries grow?

Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other flower-visiting insects. Because of their supply of flowering plants and opportunities for nesting, hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. A team from the departments of Functional Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology at the University of Göttingen has investigated whether hedgerows and their proximity to forests might have a positive effect on the pollination of strawberries. It was found that both the weight and the quality of strawberries increased when strawberry plants were placed at hedgerows or at hedgerows…

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Here are the Equipment’s needed in your Rabbit Farm

When you bring a new rabbit home for the first time, or if you own an adult rabbit there are certain items of equipment that you should have: 1. Rabbit Housing You will need a rabbit hutch or cage to keep your rabbit in. There are various different types of hutches and cages on the market today but it is very important that you purchase one that is large enough for your rabbit. Ideally the hutch should be high enough for your rabbit to stand on his hind legs without…

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All you need to know About Rabbit Housing

Housing 1. Any building whether expensive or inexpensive can shelter rabbit hutches as long as it protects the rabbits from predators, wind and rain, and in addition a house should provide plenty of light and ventilation. 2. As much as possible, use locally available materials to cut down on cost. Bamboo is an excellent material for lowland construction. 3. A good rabbit house, though, should be located in an area where both the caretaker and the rabbits feel comfortable. Hutches The type of hutch and equipment for any rabbitry will…

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All you need to know About Local Chicken

Do you have any idea how important Local chickens are? they play an important role in the livelihood of most rural families in Eastern Africa.  Despite increased use of commercial breeds by large-scale producers, around three-quarters of chicken in the region are indigenous breeds.  Facts about indigenous chicken The following are some of the basic facts you should know about indigenous chickens: -Meat and eggs are tastier and preferred by most consumers to those from commercial breeds. -Initial investment is less than that needed to keep commercial breeds. -More tolerant…

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Routine Activities for better Poultry Production Performance

Routine activities are those activities which are carries out on daily, weekly and even on monthly basis. This is where some farmers or farm managers do mix a lot of things together just because they don’t know what to do either on daily, weekly and even on monthly basis. But dear readers, don’t panic you are at the right place at this time. In this article I will explain in details the activities you will need to carry out on your farm that will make your birds thrives well, that…

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How to Raise Ostrich for AgriBusiness

Ostrich belongs to the family of giant birds known as Struthio camelus; Ostrich is a wild bird that modern science has succeeded in domesticating. The Ostrich is the largest ever-living bird. Although flightless, the bird is able to take 3.5m (12-feet) strides and to run at a sustained speed of 50 km/h (30mph) for 15 minutes or more in short distance run, it may reach 70km/h (43mph) especially, when escaping from predators. The head is small, with large eyes and a short, flat bill. Its body is covered with large,…

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Top 14 Health Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli is a green vegetable that vaguely resembles a miniature tree. It belongs to the plant species known as Brassica oleracea. It’s closely related to cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower all edible plants collectively referred to as cruciferous vegetables. There are three main varieties of broccoli: Calabrese broccoli Sprouting broccoli Purple cauliflower despite its name a type of broccoli Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Here are the top 14 health benefits of broccoli. 1. Packed With Vitamins, Minerals and Bioactive Compounds One…

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