We have organised an event to learn more on Apple farming.
On 20th March 2021 we tour Wambugu Apple Eden Farm is Located in Laikipia county Gobit Ward five kilometers From Nyeri-Nyahururu highway at Makutano, where Wambugu apple Variety is Grown among other fruits seedlings.
We meet Mr Samuel the owner of the farm and the son of Mr Wambugu founder Wambugu Apple The Farm was established in the year 2017 with only a few seedlings and within a year they got their first harvest.
Currently the Farm has 1200 mature Wambugu Apple trees and 1000 pomegranate trees and peaches.
Facts About Wambugu Apple.
–> Wambugu Apple produces first fruits in one year after planting the seedling. –> Trees produces fruits throughout the year. –> A mature tree produces average of 30kgs-50kgs annually. –> An acre can accommodate 500 seedlings. –> The Wambugu apple survives in most of the soils if they are well drained. –> Wambugu Apple has a life span of more than 50 years.
What we will learn on 20th March
–> Best sites for apple farming –> Apple planting, Nutrients and Water requirement. –> Pest and disease management in fruit orchard. –> Training Apple trees. –> Apple Pollination groups. –> Profitability of Apple farming. –> Harvesting, Storing and Marketing of fruits. –> We will learn also on Pomegranate farming, Peach farming and how to intercrop for maximum use of your farm.
Let’s Tour Wambugu Apple Aden farm and Orchard.
At Laikipia Ngobit ward.
Organized by OxfarmAgri Tours & Events
Charges include transport, meals, writing materials.
From Nairobi Ksh 3500 From Nakuru Ksh 3200 Self drive to the farm- Ksh 2200 20th March 2021
Reserve your seat. 0710588060/ 0769623300 WhatsApp Chat https://wa.me/254710588060
Mpesa paybill OxfarmAg Ltd No – 340892 Acc – client name
This Conversation came as a result of a customer accusing OxfarmAg Company of con, it was in a Facebook group – Buyers beware Kenya. The Post has since been removed.
The post from the customer said that OxfarmAg conned her Ksh. 380k.
This interview was carried on 16th Feb 2021 for clarification on the part of OxfarmAg Ltd, by Mr Cliff to the OxfarmAg Manager Nebat.
CLIFF: Explain about the issue of a customer losing 380k after ordering the seedlings from Oxfarm.
NEBAT: OxfarmAg Ltd started 2015 and was later formally registered in 2017. We are Licensed and Certified by Horticultural Crops Directorate Authority (HCDA) & Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) to propagate and sell fruit plants seedlings to farmers. We market ourselves with brand names Oxfarm Organic Ltd and Oxfarm.co.ke. Our websites are oxfarmorganic.com and oxfarm.co.ke.
As Oxfarm we acknowledge the issue on social media and we say it’s not a con. The farmer has the seedlings so to our knowledge he has not lost the cash.
We have various pixies seedlings sizes, small @Ksh. 250, medium @ Ksh. 500 and big @Ksh. 1000. When the customer came to our demo farm she needed Medium sized seedlings 1900 of them but at that time we didn’t have that number so she opted to go for small sized seedlings.
After payment was made on 16th December, we delivered the seedlings as agreed with an excess of more than 200 plants. The Customer communicated to us that she was dissatisfied with the sizes of some seedlings and we sent our representative to iron the issue.
CLIFF: Why was there a variance in sizes of delivered seedlings?
NEBAT: I must say there was a difference in the samples she had bought earlier after her visit to our demo farm and the seedlings she ordered and delivered. The samples she had bought were medium sized at discounted price of Ksh. 400. The ordered 1900 pixie seedlings were for small sized with a discount from Ksh. 250 to 200. What we didn’t meet is the customer expectation on sizes for some seedlings that she said were small.
The allegation that we delivered some pixie seedlings that were not grafted is not true since all our citrus fruit seedlings we sell are grafted apart from lemons. The scions might have been small making them seem non-grafted but they there all grafted.
CLIFF: What really transpired till the client had to complain on social media?
NEBAT: The client called us and said that the seedlings were small in size. When company representative was sent, there were 32 damaged seedlings, most were favorable sizes and some were small but not non-grafted. We agreed on replacing the small ones but also pointed out that he should give us 2-3 months for the seedlings we had to attain the sizes they needed. The farmer pointed out that he would communicate with the family members and then later gets back to us on either a refund or replacement. The client never got back to us.
CLIFF: How are you now handling the situation?
NEBAT: We have sent our representative (Mr. Mwangi) to the farm. He has confirmed about the seedlings that were planted 800 of them and also there were other seedlings not planted.
We have agreed with the farmer on refunding the unplanted seedlings.
CLIFF: We have seen other farmers dissatisfied about your seedlings, what are you doing about it?
NEBAT: First I must say we deal with very sensitive products. Plants are living things and need utmost care and proper management. In this case some of the seedlings get damaged on transit and as soon as the farmer communicates with us we do replacement. We have agronomists who visit famers in their farms for proper guidance on management of plants and also in our demo farms.
We insist on farmers to have an understanding that what they plant need much care, some farmers follow the guidelines we give them while others don’t and they end up blaming us for their failure.
We have happy farmers that we have served and also unhappy ones.
CLIFF: Kindly give your clients a protocol to follow whenever such an issue arises.
NEBAT: We welcome all our clients to visit us in our farms in case such an issue arises. If any client has an issue kindly visit us in our farm, call us or email. Our contacts are always provided in our website. Let us solve issues as soon as they arise not rushing to social media it causes more problems than solutions.
We really apologize to the customer for not meeting the needs as expected. We will play our part and ensure agreement we have made is fulfilled.
Commercial fish farming in Kenya has become a great income source and business idea for the many. Many fish farmers are farming fish for family consumption and some are farming in large scale for high profit. We would like you to learn more on fish farming.
On 6th March 2021 we have a fish farming training in Mwea Kirinyaga County.
What we will learn in the event
If you are thinking about starting fish culturing in Kenya, or you are in it, you need to consider some important factors that may affect the success and profitability of fish farming business.
Benefits of Fish Farming
How to Start Fish Farming?
Selecting Land Area
Pond Design & Construction
Selecting Fish Species
Feeding The Fish
Other Care & Management
OxfarmAgri tours on Fish farming tour & event.
The Farm is in Kirinyaga County, on the slopes of Mount Kenya at 1050m above sea level in a low rainfall area famous for irrigated rice that feeds the entire Country and beyond. The Fish Farm is 110 kilometers North East of Nairobi on the Nairobi/Embu and 1.5 km from Kimbimbi town and can be accessed throughout the year through a good all weather road.
Here’s more interesting things about the farm and why they are excellent:
Nile tilapia Fingerling production
Catfish Fingerling Production
Formulating Quality Fish feeds
Demonstrating how to integrate fish with crop farming
Charges include transport, meals and writing materials.
This year If you have to plant a tree, plant fruit trees.
Most of us beginning of year set some goals to accomplish 2021. We hope you add this goal of ‘Greening my farm 2021’ Have a way of ensuring you contribute in conserving the environment.
The positive side of planting fruits trees, is that you get rewarded by having fresh fruits from your farm and extra income you get from extras. We are here to assist you by getting quality satisfied planting materials propagated by professionals at best prices. We are offering free transport to your nearest town.
From today upto 10th Feb 2021 when you book our seedlings you get 10% discount.
Get this Opportunity to green your farm this year.
It takes 3.5 months to get a mushroom harvest. A mushroom house measuring 4m by 7m can accommodate 600-700 bags. A bag on average produces 1.5kg of mushroom. A kg of mushrooms fetches about KSh400 – 500.
Mushroom farming is very lucrative agribusiness if you understand and learn what it takes to be successful.
On 13th Feb 2021 OxfarmAgri tour have organised a mushroom training, where we will be hosted by experts Bob and Leonard. Here is the invite video.
Here are some of the topics we will cover in training.
How to design crop room for mushroom farming.
How to prepare different type of mushroom compost .
How spawn is required in compost, how to mix it and bag filling. 4 . How to Prepare casing soil and how to apply it .
How to maintain humidity and temperature of the crop room
Mushroom diseases management.
Mushroom harvesting, grading, washing, packing, marketing and branding.
Profitability of mushroom farming.
Register with Dancan for the event. Contact 0710588060 WhatsApp Link HERE
Charges per head –> 2500 Self drive –> 3000 Transport from Nairobi, meals and writing materials. Much welcome.
Get a free bee hive and free transport for the first 50km from our demo farms this festive season.
Package discounted from Ksh 60,500 – Ksh 40,500per acre
Why Every Fruit Farmer Should invest on hass avocado farming.
Everybody loves avocado, right? For the farmers who invested early on them especially the hass avocado are reaping huge. The markets indicates there has been consistent growth on demand hence the prices. Farmers as of last season were getting paid Ksh 10 – 30 per fruit, with an average production 1000 fruits per mature trees farmers have become avocado millionaires.
The increase in demand of the avocado fruits is projected to continue as the country continue on opening new export avenues, plus the increased need of the avocado oil globally. Invest in these fruits, and let us guide you on this process. we have professionals with one goal.
To ensure you succeed and save when starting up on this project. OxfarmAg Ltd has made it easy for the farmers who want to invest in the HASS AVOCADO Farming by offering our vast experience to plant on behalf of the farmer and providing certified seedlings.
Through our research, we have realized that most farmers do not have the knowledge and required experience to successfully farm hass avocado up to maturity and profit from them. This has caused many farmers huge losses, and we are here to offer stairs and a good start in hass avocado orchard establishment.
Let us help you on the hard painful part of trial and error.
WHAT IS IN THE PACKAGE (per acre)
Free consultancy (Normally we charge 5,000 but now its free)
Free hive ( Available for the first 100 acres to be booked SAVE Ksh 6500)
Free 10 fuerte seedlings ( To assist in cross – pollination )
150 certified Fruit tree hass seedlings.
Organic manure (earthlee) per holes (Equivalent to a bucket of normal manure). (Discounted at 50%)
Labor (measurement and digging of planting holes, mixing and soil treatment, planting) (discounted at 50%)
Life time free agronomy support.
LETS GUIDE YOU ON THIS JOURNEY
Contact and WhatsApp your details to our various regional rep for any inquiry
Engage Nebat on 0706222888 WhatsApp link —-> HERE Email – email@example.com
Engage Cliff 0769623300 WhatsApp link —> HERE Email – firstname.lastname@example.org .
Visit us at Ridge ways Along Kigwa road Nairobi
Engange Asman – 0740000044 WhatsApp link —-> HERE Email – email@example.com.
Visit us Near White house Nakuru
Engage Dancan – 0710588060 WhatsApp Link —-> HERE Email – firstname.lastname@example.org .
Visit us near rupa mall on the highway opp total petrol station Eldoret.
Mt Kenya region
Engage Stephen 0742194880 WhatsApp link —> HERE Email – email@example.com .
Visit us Nyeri Tetu Githakwa
Eastern and Coast region
Engage Nebat on 0706222888 WhatsApp link —-> HERE Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The challenging market trends are forcing farmers to look for new ways to increase their produce volumes and increase profitability. To survive in the export market, farmers must embrace different agri-tech solutions. From precision agriculture to harvesting robots to farm management systems, digital technology is transforming and enhancing today’s agriculture. Previously, cooperatives connected farmers to the market. They bought the produce from the farmers in bulk. Mergers, acquisitions, and poor management have contributed to the decline of cooperatives. The market for fruits such as hass avocados is growing rapidly. The demand for fruits in the local and export market is also increasing.
Agricultural technology aims at solving the key challenges that farmers and exporters face with:
Low market prices
Low and poor quality yields
Variable farm inputs with high prices
Lack of traceability
Poor farm management practices
Lack of an ideal place for farmers to collaborate and share ideas
Software and agricultural systems provide an ideal environment for farmers and exporters from different regions to share ideas and discuss how they can look for better markets. This can improve both the farmers’ and exporters’ efficiency.
Key values of Digital Tools in Agriculture
As more farmers get connected to the internet, more mobile apps, software, and systems are being developed. They are designed to serve different purposes. Some key values of digital tools include:
Creating a central platform for farmers to collaborate
When farmers and exporters use a central platform, they can easily track the daily activities, the performance of the crops, share market information, and analyze the market trends for various crops.
Simple communication between the farmers and exporters
Sharing important agricultural information and documents at different levels of production can help farmers devise better farm management practices.
Advisory based on big data and data analysis
Real-time data helps farmers to track the performance of their crops. The introduction of artificial intelligence and machine learning in agriculture has led to the introduction of sensors, drones, and robots to perform farm management tasks such as harvesting. Sensors, drones, and robots are connected to a system where they send the collected farm data for analysis. Sophisticated data analysis software is used to analyze real-time data and market trends.
Connecting farmers to potential customers
Marketing software and mobile apps can connect farmers to various customers looking for the same produce. Previously, markets for various crops were dominated by brokers who exploited farmers and bought the produce at low prices, especially macadamia nuts. With a large number of potential buyers at a central platform, farmers can sell their produce at the desire prices and get more profits
Tracking crop performance and productivity
Farm management practices are employed to determine the productivity of the crops. Not having an insight into what is required at different growth stages can ruin the entire fruit farming investment.
Farm management solutions provide farmers with full traceability of various agronomy practices that should be employed at different stages.
Having all information at a central platform can help farmers know the pests and diseases that can affect their crops, nutrients required at different growth stages, and how they can enhance their crop production and increase the yields.
In agriculture, every solution should be tailored to meet a farmer’s needs in a specific group. In the process of understanding a farmer’s needs, it becomes simpler to shape the future of agriculture. Through the digitalization of farmers’ interactions, supply chains, and farming techniques, it’s easy to understand how various components work in different fields. Innovations in technology have helped connect farms digitally and made it possible for them to devise better farm management practices, from planting to harvesting.
Data That Helps Find Better Answers
Within each growing season, farmers collect and analyze a lot of data which include the seedling varieties planted, inputs applied, management practices applied, and yields produced. The rise of data science in agriculture has resulted in the creation of tools that provide farmers with real-time data. Satellites, drones, and remote sensors collect real-time data on the crop’s performance, temperature, nutrient utilization, soil conditions, and weather conditions. Artificial Intelligence tools analyze the data and relay a report and important insights to the farmers, helping them devise better farm management practices and make informed in-field decisions.
Climate FieldView, for instance, is a software that provides farmers with a clear and complete picture of how their farm is performing. Using the platform, farmers can optimize inputs, monitor their field variability, and control pests and diseases on time. These digital tools help farmers to use crop protection tools such as pesticides efficiently and effectively. Digital platforms and tools can also notify farmers when the weather conditions are too windy or too wet to help them devise effective spraying programs. With adequate data about the farm and the weather, farmers can grow more crops while using less water, inputs, land, and energy.
Products That Reduce the Impact on the Environment
The environment needs to be preserved and farmers understand that quite well. Extensive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers can harm the soil and the environment. Farmers should consider planting crop varieties that require fewer pesticides. In fruit farming, planting cover crops and implementing sustainable farming practices should be employed to help in keeping carbon in the soil. Enhanced pest and weed control mechanisms have also helped in minimizing carbon emissions from farm machinery and crop protection products.
An Even More Precise Innovations
Precision agriculture is a farming method that uses fewer resources to produce more food. For instance, drip irrigation systems are connected to fertigation systems to form an efficient and more effective system for applying water, pesticides, and water-soluble fertilizers to crops. With digital innovations, these systems are connected to a computer system that analyses real-time data collected by drones and sensors and turns on the irrigation and fertigation systems. This increases production while using fewer resources. If looking for high-quality drip irrigation and fertigation systems, Oxfarm Ltd is the place you should look for.
Progress For The Next Generation
Innovations in modern agriculture make it possible to grow high-quality food with fewer resources on a smaller piece of land. Technologies have reduced the effects of agriculture on the environment and increased the farms’ productivity. If we use collective ingenuity to search for answers, progress in the agricultural sector will be achieved. Data science, biotechnology, chemistry, breeding, and biologics are helping in providing tailored solutions.
Fruit farming should be done in agribusiness way, its a profitable venture that relies on natural processes. To achieve success, farmers should aim at employing unique farm management practices. Each practice can bring overwhelming results.
These farm practices range from land preparation, planting, tree management during the vegetative growth stage, harvesting, marketing, and packaging. To get higher profits, farmers should put the maintenance costs to a minimum.
We do sell fruit seedlings at very competitive prices book yours today and get them delivered country wide at zero cost.
Just like in other countries, Mozambique has also felt the impact of the novel coronavirus. It has been a difficult moment in most parts and many entrepreneurs such as Catarina Bie have struggled to keep their businesses running. Catarina’s shop in Maputo, Mozambique was on the verge of getting closed. Most of her customers disappeared when COVID-19 erupted. Things got worse to appoint that she was almost about to close her business – a decision that could have had a long-term impact on her family’s future. Fortunately, she got involved in digital technologies which introduced her to better approaches that helped her keep her business running.
A Shift to Digital
Millions of small businesses globally like Catarina’s have experienced challenges as COVID-9 cases increased. With social distancing and travel restrictions, it was hard to do business. Every industry was affected from agriculture to retail and supply chain to tourism. To keep the sales flowing and operations running, businesses turned online and mobile platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp became the new marketing hubs. In the agriculture sector, shifting to digital tools not only maintained the sales, locally and internationally, but has also enhanced crop productivity.
A Blueprint for Success
However, some groups find it difficult transitioning from traditional methods to digital formats. To overcome these challenges, there are a few factors that should be put into consideration. They include:
Understand your needs as an entrepreneur and familiarize with various technologies in your field: These days, most entrepreneurs have smartphones which means they are connected to the internet. With adequate knowledge, they can turn their smartphones in to a marketing hub through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Before investing in technology, start-up and well-established businesses should first understand their needs and weigh different technologies that they can use to improve their services and operations.
Choose the delivery methods and the most suitable technologies: To keep the entrepreneurs engaged, an interactive structure such as a WhatsApp or Facebook group is important. This can provide an ideal ground for various businesses to share ideas and market their product. After weighing down different technologies, the next step is to select the most suitable technologies to integrate into the business. Embracing marketing platforms such as social media platforms can be a blueprint for success.
Measure the effectiveness with regular feedback from various groups: If you are using marketing platforms and your products are ordered online, you should measure the effectiveness of your marketing strategy and technologies using the generated returns and feedback from the customers. You can even create a WhatsApp or Facebook group to interact with regular customers.
Catarina invested a part of her savings in the business. She bought a few chairs to attract and accommodate more customers outside. Catarina says that she could have thought it’s possible to make her small business profitable during the pandemic. The new technological approaches helped her reach customers despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “Social media has helped me improve my business skills,” she cites. She can now afford a smile as she looks at a group of people settling down in one of her new outdoor tables and order a meal.