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First New year Farm Tour – Mr Njoroge Dairy Farm in Nyeri 9th Feb

Dairy cows Mr Njoroge farm Nyeri

What it takes to produce 12000 Litres of milk per Cow in a year.

According to a dairy expert in Israel Ephraim Martz to produce all that milk it’s all involve making a cow happy, happy farmer. This is through understanding the physiology of the cow. In Kenya we may not have that advanced technology like in Israel that can enable us know the physiology of the cow at a given time but we can learn from experts of dairy.

We have the best farmer in Nyeri Mr Njoroge who has this knowledge and he is able to produce above the expectation of many by making millions from his farm of 1.6 acres with 20cows 11 being mature with the highest producing on average 47 liters daily.

When Team Farm Expose Visited his farm he said that “Passion is what made me to succeed in this dairy farming” he continued to narrate to us remembering those humble years that he was just starting his dairy farm empire. He had no experience, no knowledge and he was just like many farmers. He has been crowned as the best farmer. According to him it’s all about management that has enabled him to achieve his level of success.

The management is what we describe as knowing the physiology of a cow by determining when energy level are down and what to do. After calving down the energy levels of a cow goes down and it’s at this critical time to know how to boost your feed to match what’s needed in their body.

He makes his own feeds and most comes from the crops he grows at his farms comprising of silage 70% energy, proteins from sweet potatoes vines 18%, vitamin, roughages, and water.

Some of things that you should know from Mr Njoroge as a dairy farmer:

  • He serves his calf 9 months after birth.
  • He introduces hay or roughages to the newly calf only 3 days after birth.
  • His cow’s calves once every year
  • He serves his cows 45 days after calving.
  • He makes yoghurt from his milk and sells the remaining in his milk bar.
  • He also sells heifers at 200000

Other farming techniques that you will get to learn from his farm.

  • Dairy farming as a business
  • Animal health & disease control especially mastitis
  • Calf rearing/young stock management
  • Feeds formulation/feeding management (TMR system)
  • Silage Making
  • Groupings and requirements
  • Cow comfort and efficiency
  • Herd management
  • Value addition
  • Youth & agribusiness
  • Challenges

 

We will visit this farm on February 9th 2019 on Saturday. Book now

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Charges per head 2,800/=

Inclusive of transport from Nairobi, writing materials and meals.

 

 

His son talk more on Dairy farming venture

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Is Agribusiness the way to go in Kenya?

When most people think of agriculture in Kenya, images of poor and overworked farmers with crude tools on a rural farm readily come to mind. Many, especially young Kenyans, still think that agribusiness is a poor man’s occupation. Nowadays everybody wants a white-collar office job in the Nairobi. Agribusiness is hardly on anyone’s mind. Here is Oxfarm’s insight on this story!

Did you know that Kenya sits on an agribusiness goldmine but most people just don’t see it? If you’re one of the blind, allow Oxfarm Ag to open your eyes with a few exciting facts you need to know about agribusiness in Kenya and Africa in large.

Did you know that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, recently invested $1 billion in rice production? Every year, Africa spends billions of dollars on rice imports, and Dangote surely wants a juicy slice of the market. Didi you know that President Uhuru and his Deputy are also farmers?

Did you know that since 2009, investors in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia have been buying and leasing millions of hectares of Kenyan land for agricultural purposes? Many people may not know it but there’s a trend of serious land grabbing by foreign interests for Kenyan land.

Did you know that Foreign Direct Investment in African agribusiness was around $20 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach $45 billion by 2020? Agriculture is taking a huge leap in Kenya and investors want a piece of the action too.

Did you know that Kenya’s agribusiness industry will be worth Ksh 1 trillion by 2030! That’s huge! If this projection by the UN comes true, agribusiness will become the ‘new oil’ in Kenya!

In the light of all these facts, how come the rich and wealthy folks are investing in Kenya’s agribusiness industry while the majority of Kenyans are largely ignorant about the amazing potentials of agriculture on the country?

Below are five reasons why agriculture is the biggest business opportunity right now in Kenya. We will tell you why many of the world’s top business people are investing in agribusiness.

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Kenya Has Abundant And Cheap Agricultural Land

According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly 50 percent of the world’s fertile, usable and uncultivated agricultural land. The size: over 200 million hectares! This is why the continent is now widely considered to be the future breadbasket of the world. It is this huge abundance of land resources that gives Kenya the strategic potential to grow crops!

Most of Kenya’s agricultural land lies in the tropical belt, which receives a favorable amount of rainfall and sunlight all year round. As a direct consequence, more than 80 percent of food crops consumed across the world can be produced here.

Interestingly, a large proportion of Kenya’s agricultural land is located in the rural areas. That’s why they’re often cheap to buy or lease. On the average, one hectare of land (10,000sqm) can be leased for as low as Ksh10, 000 per year (depending on the location). This makes it one of the best land bargains you can find anywhere in the world!

Existence of Ready Market

Agribusiness is one of the best business opportunities in the world because food never goes out of fashion. People must eat food everyday!

Currently, Kenya’s population is just over 45 million people. At its current growth rate, the country’s population is expected to reach 70 million by 2050. Now and in the future, Kenya will always have a lot of mouths to feed.

Kenya currently spends billions of dollars every year to import maize, sugar, rice,  and all kinds of finished and semi-finished foods which it can produce locally. There is a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs who can provide cheaper and locally-grown alternatives to the food that Kenya imports.

It’s not just the food industry that depends on agribusiness. Several other industries, especially the manufacturing and processing industries, depend on agribusiness for a wide range of raw materials. As Kenya’s economies continue to grow, the demand for raw materials will surely increase and create more interesting opportunities for agribusiness on the continent.

Technology Change and Improved Varieties

Agribusiness in Kenya has suffered through the years because of its poor yields and crude farm practices. Most of the crops cultivated on the country produce very little and are often very prone to pests, diseases and drought. As a result, most Kenyan farmers used to work very hard but have very little to show for all their hard work during harvest time.

However, due to advances in crop/animal science and technology, it is now possible to harvest more food per hectare than ever before in Kenya’s history. There are now improved crop and animal varieties that mature earlier, require less resources, and are less susceptible to pest attacks, diseases and drought. Across Kenya, these improved varieties are increasing yields by as much as 400 percent!

There are now improved and locally-adapted varieties of maize, cassava, millet, rice, sorghum, beans, sweet potato, cowpea, hass avocado, banana, and wheat.

There are also several local and international organization that are focused on supporting Kenyan farmers with improved seedlings and support.

Agribusiness Is Very  Easy to Start

Whether you own one plot of land or 10,000 hectares, agribusiness is one of few business opportunities that allow you to start on any scale, with whatever you have!

Entrepreneurs like Dickson Kahuro started his agribusiness in 2014 in his backyard with just few tree tomato trees. Today, he owns Oxfarm and is a major supplier of hass avocado  and other seedlings.

The opportunity to start small means that people with little capital can become part of Kenya’s multi-billion dollar agribusiness industry. Because of the guaranteed demand for agricultural produce, that small vegetable or poultry farm in your backyard could just become a huge business tomorrow.

Every evidence shows that you don’t have to be a wealthy investor with millions of dollars in the bank or a highly-educated person in order to start a business in agriculture in Kenya. You can start where you are and use what you have, and grow from there. You can start your agribusiness journey in your home backyard or do it on a part-time basis with your day job. It’s very flexible that way!

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Agribusiness Is A Huge Job Creator

Agribusiness is one of the most effective ways to create jobs and empower millions of Kenyans. At present, up to 60% of the labour force in Kenya is employed in the agribusiness industry. Agribusiness remains a top employer of labour in many Kenyan countries.

The value chain in the agribusiness industry, from food production, processing and marketing provide huge opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

So, if you’re looking to start a business or invest in an industry that makes a significant social impact, provides jobs and creates sustainable wealth, agribusiness is surely the way to go!

Interested in Kenyan Agribusiness?

If you’re excited about the potentials of agribusiness in Kenya and would like to explore it much further, we have just the right resource for you! Just head over to our website and you will learn about several ideas, opportunities and success stories that will surely amaze you.

Kenya is changing. You ought to have this big dream that’s finally changing the world.

 

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How Mono-culture Hurts The Soil And Why We Should Diversify

Mono-culture

Permaculture (the development of agricultural ecosystems meant to be property and self-sufficient) agriculture promotes diversity. It seeks to maximize the amount of productive species of plant among a plot, not solely to supply the farmer  a various and spirited range of crops to harvested for the kitchen, however conjointly,  the eco-system is itself  powerful, with totally different plants playing different functions so all will thrive. Permaculture seeks to avoid any factor – be it a species of insect, a ground cowl plant or associate extreme weather event – turning into too important on a site, to the loss of the other valuable elements of the eco-system. Mono-culture on the other hand is growth of just one crop over and over again.

In contrast, much modern agricultural production is based on the opposite premise – cultivating monocultures. Think of vast fields of wheat or barley, plantations of a single species of fruit tree, or furrowed fields of a single vegetable crop. Modern commercial agriculture often seeks to increase yield – and so profits – by cultivating a single type of plant. The theory is that the farmer need only provide for the needs of a single species, with its individual characteristics, in order to grow a successful crop. And the economy of scale allowed by cultivating a single crop (by, for instance, requiring a single automated harvesting method) boosts profits for the farmer.

Contrary, a lot of current agricultural production is based on the alternative premise – cultivating monocultures. Consider big lands of wheat or barley, plantations of one species of flowering tree, or furrowed  fields of maize. Modern industrial agriculture usually seeks to extend yield – and then profits – by cultivating one kind of plant. The idea is that the farmer want solely give  the requirements of one species, with its individual characteristics, so as to grow a successful  crop. and also the economy of scale allowed by cultivating one crop (by, for example, requiring one automatic harvest method) boosts profits for the farmer.

However, mono-culture agriculture has important negative impacts, impacts that has to be mitigated if the ecological systems of the world aren’t to be irreversibly broken.

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Mono-culture Eliminates Biological Controls

The lack of diversity in a mono-culture system eliminates all the functions that nature provides to plants and the soil. It means that there is no range of insect species in a location to ensure that a single population does not get too large and damage too many plants. It means that there are no varieties of plant that naturally provide nutrients to the soil, such as nitrogen-fixing legumes, or ground cover crops that can be slashed and left to improve the nutrient content of the topsoil. It means that there are fewer species of microorganism and bacteria on the soil as there are fewer nutrients available for them to survive on, and it undermines the integrity of the soil by not having a variety of plants with different root depths.

More Synthetic Material Use

Having eliminated the natural checks and balances that a diverse ecosystem provides, mono-culture production has to find ways to replicate some of them in order to protect the crop (and the profits from it). This inevitably means the use of large quantities of synthetic herbicides, insecticides, bactericides and fertilizers.

In attempting to prevent damage to crops by weeds, insects and bacteria; and to provide sufficient nutrients in the soil for the plants to grow, farmers use synthetic chemicals. Not only do these chemicals leave traces on plants that are intended for human consumption and so can enter the food chain, they are also routinely over-used so that a large proportion of the synthetic material remains in the soil, even after the crop has been harvested. Because of its inorganic mature, this material is not processed into organic matter by microorganisms. Rather it leaches through the soil, eventually polluting groundwater supplies, having the knock-on effect of altering ecosystems that may be at great distance from the original location where the chemicals were used. For instance, inorganic fertilizer runoff has contributed greatly to algal blooms in oceans and lakes, the growth of which starves water bodies and the organisms that live in them, of oxygen.

Furthermore, such chemical substances kill indiscriminately, meaning that all manner of wildlife, beneficial insects and native plants are affected by their use, depleting the vibrancy and diversity of neighboring ecosystems as well.

Changing Organism Resistance

Nature is, however, adaptable, and organisms are evolving resistance to these artificial insecticides and herbicides. Of course, the farmers want to continue to protect their crops, so new inorganic methods are continually being developed to combat the ‘threat’. More and more chemicals are being applied to monoculture crops and, in turn, affecting natural ecosystems detrimentally.

Soil Degradation

Besides the negative impact the overuse of chemical fertilizers has on the soil, mono-cultures are detrimental to soil health in other ways. Ground cover crops are eliminated, meaning there is no natural protection for the soil from erosion by wind and rain. No plants provide leaf litter mulch to replenish the topsoil, which would be eroded anyway. All of this combines to continually degrade the soil, often meaning that it becomes useable for agriculture. In some countries this means that forests are then cleared to provide new agricultural land, starting the damaging cycle all over again.

Water Use

With no ground cover plants to help improve moisture retention in the soil, and the tendency for land planted with a mono-culture to lack topsoil, which serves to increase rain runoff, modern mono-culture agriculture requires huge amounts of water to irrigate the crops. This means water is being pumped from lakes, rivers and reservoirs at great rates, depleting this natural resource and affecting those aquatic ecosystems. This is on top of the pollution of water sources by agricultural chemicals.

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Fossil Fuels

Due to their scale, many modern mono-culture farms are more akin to factories than traditional farms. Harvesting is generally performed by machines while, because the crop is intended for sale beyond the local area – sometimes nationally or even internationally – it requires large inputs of energy to sort, pack and transport it. These functions – along with the manufacture of packaging itself – use fossil fuel energy. In combination with the chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the industrialized mode of food production is a major contributor to climate change. It is also an incredibly inefficient way of using energy to produce food, taking an estimated 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy to produce just a single calorie of food energy.

At its simplest level, mono-culture agriculture means a system that works against nature. Permaculture, however, seeks to work in harmony with nature. By putting permaculture practices in place, we can help to combat the harmful effects modern mono-culture agriculture has on the planet.

At its simplest level, mono-culture farming suggests a system that works against nature. Permaculture, on the other hand seeks to figure harmonic with nature. By golf stroke permaculture practices, we are able to combat the harmful effects of modern mono-culture agriculture has on the world.

Rift valley farmers in Kenya should start diversifying if the ecosystem of this world will be maintained.