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Chandler Strawberry Farming in Kenya

These early mid-season June-bearing strawberries are a good choice for fresh pickings of homegrown, bright red, flavorful fruit. Firm, large and beautifully shaped, these berries are especially appealing in fresh fruit trays.

The vigorous, high-yielding, June-bearing Chandler strawberry plants produce very desirable strawberries.  Chandler strawberries are very large, firm, and produce early-season to mid-season.  The strawberries vary from being long and wedge-shaped to large and conical.  They are a brilliant red color, glossy, and have an exceptional flavor profile.

The Chandler variety has gained prominence among many farmers in Kenya due to its fast maturing rate, superior pest and disease resistance traits and low cost production process. On average strawberry takes three months to mature.

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Chandler strawberries, however, are susceptible to root rot and absolutely must have well-drained soil and be planted properly.  The preferred soil pH is about 6, and additional watering is needed when rainfall is not sufficient. The mulching helps to suppress weeds and retains moisture around the berries.

They are, however, tolerant of gray mold.

Benefits of eating strawberry fruits

  • They can help with blood sugar regulation.
  • They are rich source of antioxidants
  • They support the immune system
  • They can help with body weight management
  • They can improve cardiovascular activities
  • They can have antimicrobial effects

To order chandler seedlings contact 0706,222,888

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Has Macadamia Farming Outshined Coffee Farming in Kenya?

The collapse of the coffee crop has led to farmers exploiting other farming ventures to fill the financial gap. One of the best ways of fixing this mess is macadamia farming which has proved to be a lucrative business.

The observed decline in coffee production among smallholder farmers is due to a number of factors, including the collapse of the International Coffee Agreement (ICA) in the 1980s, lack of access to credit, inadequate transportation and communication, poor banking infrastructure and poorly managed cooperatives.

Many coffee farmers operate at a loss, with their beans earning about $0.55 per kilogram, according to a report last year by London-based advocacy group Fair Trade.

Liberalization of the coffee sector resulted in decreased production of coffee. The reasons cited for the decline in coffee production included:- the mismanagement of co-operative societies; declining farmers’ earnings; decline in application of inputs; poor farming practices; and farmers’ loss of confidence in management of coffee affairs.

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Farmers are being swayed by the prompt and better pay from macadamia nuts compared to coffee, which, apart from low returns, is labour-intensive and requires a lot of care.

“I have had people come here and openly bid for my macadamia harvest. I pick the highest bidder, and get my pay instantly. This is not the case with coffee; I have to wait for months to receive pay and I have no say in what I get paid as the deductions are done at the factory,” these are words from Gikondi , Mukurweini  farmer called Ngigi when he was being interviewed by a standard newspaper reporter.

According to Oxfarm Ltd, an acre of land will hold to 70 Macadamia trees. This could earn a farmer, going by the minimal returns of Ksh150 per kilogram of nuts Ksh1, 050,000 per acre if a farmer harvests 100Kg per tree, depending on farming practices and favorable climate. At the primary harvest, that comes 3 years after transplantation of seedlings, a farmer will get between 30kg and 50kg, reckoning on the range and the attention given to the trees. Production will increase with each harvest.

In coffee farming the returns in an acre are very low and incomparable to macadamia earnings. Coffee farmers are earning peanuts and have been plunged in cooperative debts for years. Here at Oxfarm we do advise farmers on how to establish a macadamia plantation by intercropping with coffee and get relieved off the colonial crop which has made our hardworking farmers poor and poorer.

To order certified grafted macadamia variety seedling contact 0706 222 888.

 

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The Miraculous Macadamia Muranga 20 Variety

Muranga 20 variety is hardy and adapts well in different climatic conditions and is becoming more popular due to its fast growth rate and increased production.

Muranga 20 variety has a lifespan of over 100 years.

A macadamia tree is an investment, as are many fruit and nut trees, taking 3 years after planting a grafted specimen before the tree produces a significant crop.

Macadamia nuts are a growing market and as such provide an attractive investment opportunity because it’s an easy crop to deal with. It’s not alternate bearing, has a low labour requirement and farmers get a return on their investment in about three to five years.

You will need rich well drained soil for best results. A good supply of nitrogen and potassium are needed to produce quality fruit. Addition of animal manure and compost as a regular side dressing throughout the growing season is recommended.

Keep the weeds away from competing for water and nutrients as this will increase the vitality of the tree and maximize production of the nuts.

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Kenya’s climatic condition is ideal for optimum macadamia production and the timing of this project to coincide with the rising global demand is not a coincidence- rather a calculated move to help local farmers prosper.

Demand in the global market is rising and outstrips supply. There lies an opportunity for Kenyan farmers to take advantage and be part of this global boom.

According to Oxfarm Ltd, an acre of land will hold to 70 Macadamia trees. This could earn a farmer, going by the minimal returns of Ksh150 per kilogram of nuts Ksh1,050,000 per acre if a farmer harvests 100Kg per tree, depending on farming practices and favorable climate. At the primary harvest, that comes 3 years after transplantation of seedlings, a farmer will get between 30kg and 50kg, reckoning on the range and the attention given to the trees. Production will increase with each harvest.

To order Muranga 20 variety seedling contact 0706 222 888.

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Video; Should you involve us, this is what to expect – Oxfarm packages

 

There is a huge demand of fruits as more people are becoming healthy conscious, There is increased population driving the demand of food higher, Due to numerous challenges while farming traditional crops like Maize and other cash crops like coffee and tea, the trend favors fruit tree farming.

There is also a decline in major fruit producing countries in southern hemisphere like Mexico and South Africa due to climate change which is favoring countries in tropics like Kenya.

Due to enhanced bilateral trade between Kenya and other countries like China and US the demand will continue to rise due to enhanced ease of doing business and exports.

 

We as OxfarmAg ltd we assist in farm orchard establishment for various types of fruit trees.

Through our research, we have realized that most farmers do not have required expertise to go about fruit tree farming and they make they make costly mistakes while establishing their orchards.

This has caused many customers huge losses, of trial and error.

As OxfarmAg ltd we assist in giving valuable information, establishment of the orchards and marketing of the produce on the behalf of the farmer.

 

Here are some of discounted prices of various fruit tree farming.

These discounted cost are for August 2019 only.

Book now Here by submitting your details.

 

Check below on the cost of various fruit tree farming packages.

Hass Avocado Package

APPLE FARMING PACKAGE

 

MACADAMIA FARMING PACKAGE

 

MANGOES FARMING PACKAGE

 

ORANGES/TANGERINES FARMING PACKAGE

 

PIXIE ORANGE FARMING PACKAGE

 

POMEGRANATE FARMING PACKAGE

 

LIME FARMING PACKAGE

 

LEMONS FARMING PACKAGE

 

GRAPES FARMING PACKAGE

 

 

CONTACT US AND BOOK TODAY.

Discount ends on 31st August 2019.
+254706222888

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Check our Catalogue or download on this link.

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The Benefits of the Wonderful Tangerines Fruits

Tangerines are tasty and refreshing citrus fruit packed with many nutritious compounds, including flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium. These healthful components contribute to the health of all parts of the body, from cell DNA to the bones and heart. Tangerines taste is considered less sour, as well as sweeter and stronger, than that of an orange.

Benefits of Components in Tangerines Fruits.

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    Tangerines are a good source of B-vitamin complex like folate. Folate has shown to help in neural tube formation and red blood cell formation in prenatal babies. A deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants.

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  • Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.
  • Tangerines are an excellent source of fiber which helps in prevention of constipation and helping make your bowel movements easier to manage.
  • Along with giving your skin a youthful glow, tangerines’ powerful properties, and antioxidants slow the aging process by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
  • The vitamin B12 in tangerines promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss and slows down the graying process.
  • The potassium in tangerines helps with your muscle growth and recovery.
  • Tangerines have a flavonoid called nobiletin. It’s this powerful player that helps protect against type 2 diabetes and was shown to prevent the buildup of fat (particularly in the liver) by encouraging the body to burn fat and discourage the manufacture and storage of fat.

For more information or purchase of tangerines seedlings contact 0706 222 888.

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Work Made Easier for Farmers; Natural Organic Product (Earthlee)

It’s an organic product which has essential element for the growth of microorganisms in the soil, and is decomposed into inorganic fertilizer as the microorganisms grow.

It acts as soil conditioners, feeding both soil and plants.

Organic gardening emphasizes cultivating your garden with it so that it sustains enriching soil, plants and the soil structure is improved and as a result the soil’s ability to hold onto water and nutrients increases.

It’s an organic fertilizer rich in organic matter and helps microbes thrive. The carbon, along with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that feed microbes and enable them to make nutrients available for plants in a naturally occurring biological process.

The organic materials serve as both fertilizers and soil conditioners—they feed both soils and plants. This is one of the most important differences between a chemical approach and an organic approach toward soil care and fertilizing.

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Earthlee accomplishes the normal function of organic matter and there by reduces the need for bulk application of organic matter in the soil.

Regular use of earthlee helps improve quality and quantity of yields as well as the overall health of plants and trees. It also helps in releasing locked nutrients in the soil e.g. phosphates, iron, calcium, etc., making them available to the plant. Increased general vigor, improved root systems and a darker greening of foliage are among the first results which may be observed within 1 to 4 weeks after application.

20 grams of earthlee equals a 20kg bucket of organic compost/manure.

Here at OXFARM we have embraced the use of this wonderful product to the farmers we have partnered with them as it has lessened the burden of the bulky manure.

For more information on this product call 0723 662 773.

 

 

 

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Save on irrigation with Superb Organic Absorber

In Kenya farmers have been worried by the state of land being deficient of moisture leading to scanty vegetation. All these climatic, desert-producing factors – descending, drying air currents; mountain-produced rain shadows; distance from oceanic moisture sources; and cold ocean currents – are instrumental, sometimes singly, more often in combination, as primary forces producing arid lands. We at OXFARM have come up with a program which will mitigate this current water moisture deficiency in the soil.

Absorber is a polymer consisting of a set of polymer chains. Absorber is a water retainer that, when incorporated into a soil or a substrate absorbs and retains large quantities of water and nutrients. Unlike most products that become hydrated, Absorber has the property of easily releasing the absorbed water and nutrients, thereby allowing the plant to have water and nutrients available at will as a function of the absorption – release cycles. When water comes into contact with one of these chains, it is drawn into the molecule by osmosis. It has a holding capacity of 100 to 150 times its weight. It has a 5 year life span.

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Its main functions include;

  • It’s a water retainer for tree crops, lawns and gardens, horticulture and floriculture.
  • Increases water holding capacity of soils for several years.
  • Improves the physical properties of soil through aeration.
  • Reduces evaporation from the soil.
  • Limits losses of water and nutrients due to leaching.
  • Irrigation frequency may be reduced by half.
  • Protects the environment against drought and ground water pollution.
  • Enhances plant growth through continuous availability of water and nutrients in the root zone for optimal absorption by plants.

For more information on this product call 0723 662 773.

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Make Great Fortunes by Growing Grapes.

Grapes are vigorous growers, and with the proper pruning, they will produce fruit with ease for 100 years or more.

Make sure you purchase grape vines from a reputable nursery. Vigorous, 1-year-old plants are best.

Select a site with full sun. If you don’t have a spot with full sun, make sure it at least gets morning sun. A small amount of afternoon shade won’t hurt. Your soil needs to be deep, well-drained, and loose. You also need good air circulation.

Construct a trellis before planting. Grape vines will need to be trained to some sort of support to grow upward. This will also cut the risk of disease.

Pruning is important. Not only would vines run rampant without control, but canes will only produce fruit once. Prune annually when vines are dormant.

Why Every Farmer Should Plant Fruit Trees

Grapes are majorly propagated using cuttings and by grafting which is preferred because they produce vines identical to the parent in characteristics.

However, the maturity period is highly dependent on management practices since planting. Your backyard grapevine can take up to three years to produce viable grapes, but that timeline is based on several environmental factors as well as how you care for the plant.  These include, pruning, fertilizer/manure application, watering, disease & pest control, environmental factors and soil drainage.

Grape plants produces 8 to 10 tons per acre. The cost of grapes in kilograms is between ksh200 to 300. This translates to a farmer getting around two to three million per year.

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Avoid Shortcuts; Make the Best Orchard

The success of an orchard is only as good as the planning and site preparation that go into it. To build a good orchard, you need a good foundation.

The following steps are recommended to help prepare the site.

Collect samples for soil nutrient tests. Soil tests should include soil organic matter as well.

A basic soil test gives readings on the soil pH, phosphate, potassium and magnesium levels. Soil pH is one of the most important tests; it measures the alkalinity or acidity levels of the soil. Adjusting the pH of the soil ensures proper nutrient uptake and plant health. It plays a big role in the availability of nutrients to plant roots, nutrient run-off and leaching and microbial efficiency.

Weeding of perennial weeds

Weeding is an important control method practiced in many crops. The removal of weeds is useful because these unwanted plants compete with the crop for space, water and nutrients.

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Broadcast any lime needed to adjust soil pH to 6.5 and other needed nutrients from the soil test report.

Ensure there is availability of water

Water is a vital resource for the tree growth, productivity and survival.  Too much water (flooding) or too little (drought) can be fatal.  Soil type and profile, orchard floor management, and site topography can dramatically affect soil water availability to the tree root system.

Ensure the manure is always available

Incorporating manure into orchard soil can also add needed N, P, K. Manure also increases the soil’s organic matter content. Organic matter is a transitory part of the soil that is continually decomposing and must be replaced regularly.

Tips to Ensure you Get the Maximum From Your Orchard.

Growing the right varieties (meeting market demand).

Efficient use of water.

Shortest lead time to first commercial harvest.

Consistency of production including yield and quality.

Choosing the right region, soil type, available water and land aspect.

 

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Get the Best Advice on Your Farm from Oxfarm Agronomists

Agronomists are scientists who look for ways to increase soil productivity (in other words, to raise more food on the same amount of soil). They also work to improve the quality of seed and the nutritional value of crops.

Agronomists work to develop methods that will improve the use of soil and increase the production of food and fiber crops.

They conduct research in crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, soil classification, soil fertility, weed control, and other areas.

The agronomists provide farmers with agricultural information about how to grow and care for plants and soils in certain environments. Factors such as climate, roots, moisture, weeds, pests, fungi, and erosion can pose significant challenges when farmers attempt to produce a plentiful harvest.

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Agronomist findings give farmers crucial information and tips for not only producing crops, but also for conserving our natural environment. Concerns of food and water security, air quality and climate change, soil loss and degradation, health and nutrition, and many others motivate agronomists to continually explore our agricultural resources.

In order to preserve, expand, and reclaim the use of plants and soil for food and fuel, farmers must integrate every new agronomy finding into their approach to tending to their crops. By understanding the importance of agronomy and the agricultural resources around us, we allow plants and soil to reach their full potential and we reap the benefits.

In agronomy, it’s important to understand the properties of the soil and how the soil interacts with the growing crop; what nutrients (fertilizers) the crop needs and when and how to apply these nutrients; the ways that crops grow and develop; how climate and other environmental factors affect the crop at all stages.

For the best agronomic advice contact 0706 222 888.