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For vigorous growth tree tomatoes prefer subtropical climate.

Tree tomatoes prefer subtropical climate. For vigorous growth, they require well-drained fertile soil which is rich in organic matter. The soil must be permeable since the plants are not tolerant to water-logging.

Tree tomatoes grow naturally on soils with a pH of 5 to 8.5 and do not tolerate tightly compacted soil. Although they can be planted under irrigation, rainfall between 600 and 4000 millimeters is suitable. The crop cannot survive in areas with prolonged drought and must have ample water during the dry season. Application of mulch retains moisture in a tree tomato plantation and also reduces weed growth.

Annual temperatures between 15 and 20 °C are ideal for tree tomato production. It is intolerant to frost (below -2 °C) and drought stress. Tree tomatoes grow well in altitude of between 1,500m to 3,000M above sea level.

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Did you know that Mango intake is therapeutic?


The History of Mango Fruit

The history of the mango tree can be traced back to the Bronze Age, or almost 4,000 years ago. Originally, a native of southern Asia, especially eastern India, the mango tree was introduced to Southeast Asian countries by Buddhist monks. Later, it was brought to Africa by the Portuguese, from where the mango tree spread across the world.

The English word ‘mango’ is an adaption of the Malayalam name for the fruit, which is ‘maanga‘. A member of the Anacardiaceae, or the cashew family, the scientific name of mango is Mangifera indica.

What are the medicinal benefits of mango leaves?

Now that you know the health benefits of eating mango, let’s look at some of the medicinal uses of mango leaves:

  • Decreases blood pressure: Extract of mango tree leaves has antihypertensive properties. As a result, having tea made with mango leaves a few times a day helps in decreasing blood pressure.
  • Helps in controlling diabetes: Tender mango leaves which are pink or purple in color are rich in tannins and anthocyanins. Juice of these mango leaves taken on an empty stomach in the morning helps in controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Treats oral problems: Clean a few old/mature mango leaves and boil them in water until the water turns slightly yellow. Add some salt to this water and rinse the mouth with it.
  • Eliminates free radicals: Mango tree leaves contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Consuming mango leaf extract can help eliminate free radicals and protect the body from oxidative damage.
  • Cleanses the stomach: Soak a few mango leaves in warm water and leave them overnight. Consuming this water on an empty stomach in the morning helps in cleansing the stomach and flushing out toxins from the body.

Other health benefits include;

  • Prevents anemia: Mango is rich in iron. Also, the vitamin C present in mango increases the absorption of iron.
  • Improves digestion: Being rich in fiber and polyphenols, mango aids in decreasing constipation and inflammation of the bowels.
  • Helps gain weight: Consuming mango with milk helps in nourishing the body and gaining weight.
  • Boosts immunity: Apart from vitamin C, mango also contains folate, zinc and vitamin B6. All these contribute greatly towards strengthening the immune system
  • Improves eyesight: Presence of an abundance of carotenoids which help in improving eyesight.
  • Keeps heart healthy: Mango is a good source of selenium and B6, both of which promote heart health.

What are the useful parts of the mango tree?

  • Mango bark: Consuming the powder of dried mango bark provides relief from diarrhea.
  • Mango gum: The gum obtained from the bark of the mango tree can be applied on cracked feet and areas affected by scabies.
  • Mango sap: The juice that oozes from the branch after plucking a mango can be applied on bee stings to relieve pain.
  • Mango seed: Obtained from mango seed, mango butter can be applied on the skin to soothe sunburns, remove and prevent stretch marks, heal scars and reduce wrinkles. It can also be used as a hair moisturizer. Mango seed extract has proved helpful in losing weight and decreasing obesity.

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Want to learn about plantain bananas farming?

Plantain, a major group of banana varieties (genus Musa) that are staple foods in many tropical areas. The edible fruit of plantain bananas has more starch than the common dessert banana and is not eaten raw.

Because plantains have the most starch before they ripen, they are usually cooked green, either boiled or fried, in savory dishes. The ripe fruits are mildly sweet and are often cooked with coconut juice or sugar as flavoring.

Plantains may also be dried for later use in cooking or ground for use as a meal, which can be further refined to a flour.Plantains are usually ready for harvest anywhere from 14 to 20 months depending on the climate and other factors.

Flowering usually happens within 10-15 months, while an additional 4-8 months is needed for fruit it develop and ripen.


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Thinking decades ahead Flourishing in the future of Macadamia


Are you a future focused farmer?

Do you believe in investing for generational benefit?
Let me explain about sustainable Macadamia farming as a business.

It’s not a quick return investment that you plant today and you become millionaire after a month.

This investment need patience since from your initial investment, you get first returns after 3-4 years. And still you will have to wait another three years for you to break even and be profitable.

But why should you invest in this long term project of macadamia farming.

This is a sustainable agribusiness with guaranteed income like the case of real estate.
Once you employ the patience needed you will be in for good ride.

An acre of land holds 80 macadamia trees. With good agricultural practices and weather, each tree can produce between 60kgs – 120Kgs per year of macadamia nuts at maturity.
A kg of macadamia retails between Ksh 100 to Ksh 200.

This has potential to earn you the farmer Ksh (480,000 – 1.9M) per year.

Macadamia tree has a life span of more that 40 years. You will be pocketing above amount per year from your one acre, if you have bigger sized farm the better.

Investing your land under macadamia does not limit you, you have options to intercrop.
Our OxfarmAg agronomists will advice you better.

Depending on your region initial startup cost include. Land, irrigation system, land preparation, certified seedlings, and management.
Other recurring cost after the initial investment are weeds control, irrigation, pruning and general management.

Our estimation for an acre from land buying to setting up a system in place plus fencing ranges between (1m – 3m)

We came up with a package that helps farmer during initial setup stage that ensures farmer save on time and cost. We call it Oxfarm Macadamia Package. We assume a farmer has land, irrigation system and has done initial land ploughing.


Our agronomists will visit your farm for further advise as to how best you can make use of your farm.

This is what is inclusive of the macadamia package

  • Free consultancy (Normally we charge 5,000 but now it’s free)
  • Free beehive ( SAVE Ksh 6500)
  • 80 certified Macadamia nuts seedlings. (Discounted at 15%)
  • 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%)
  • Market connection
  • Life time free agronomy support.

All these you get at a cost of 37600 exclusive of transport.
You can also opt to buy seedlings which we sell at Ksh 350 but we have discounted them for this season at Ksh 295 if you pick them in any of our demo farms. ( Nairobi, Nyeri, Nakuru or Eldoret)
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Did you know where the Avocado fruits originate from?

The avocado (persea Americana) is believed to have originated in south-central Mexico between 7000-5000 Bc, it’s a member of the flowering plant family lauraceae. Avocado fruit is a large berry containing a single large seed, the trees are partially self- pollinating and are often propagated through grafting to ensure fruit quality and quantity.

Avocados are cultivated in tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean climates of many countries, with Mexico being the leading producer of avocados, supplying 32% of the world total. Evidence suggests that there are three separate domesticated avocado landraces in the world.

  • Mexican landrace
  • Guatemalan landrace
  • West Indian landrace

The Mexican and Guatemalan landraces originated in the highlands of those countries, west Indian landrace on the other hand, is a lowland variety that ranges from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador to Peru.

In Kenya, avocado is an important commercial fruit for both local and export markets. The fruit is high nutritious, rich in proteins and cholesterol free. It’s a source of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. It is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and D.

1.2 Varieties of avocado grown in Kenya

Over 40 varieties of avocadoes are grown in Kenya, with HASS and FUERTE varieties being popular. Hass is the main export variety and Fuertes is preferred for processing. Other commercial varieties are Pinkerton, reed, Puebla, endranol, Gwen, wurtz, nabal, hazard, sharwil and Shepard

  • Hass is the most popular variety in the world. The mother tree of all Hass avocados was born in a backyard in La Habra Heights, California in 1920s, and later patented by Rudolph Hass in 1935.
  • Hass avocado trees are upright with high vigour, meaning they grow tall and require cutting back. Hass are predominantly Guatemalan and flowers are type A.
  • Leaves do not produce aniseed smell when crushed; neither do new shoots produce red flecking on wood.
  • Fruits are oval in shape with small to medium seed.
  • Fruit skin turn from green to purplish-black when mature and black when ripe.
  • Skin thickness is medium and easy peeling
  • Fruit surface is pebbly and fruit has a great taste
  • Hass has a flesh recovery of 70%
  • Mature fruits weigh between 180-350g
  • Maturity is mid-season to late season
  • Hass fruit got an outstanding shelf-life and good shipping characteristics
  • It has one of the longest harvesting seasons

Fuertes

  • Fuertes is among the major varieties in export market.
  • The tree is broad and can grow very high, Fuertes are predominantly Mexican and flowers are type B.
  • Leaves produce strong aniseed smell when crushed, and red flecking wood of new shoots.
  • Fuertes is very productive, with pear shaped fruits with noticeable flat area on bottom corner.
  • Fruit has a smooth thin green skin which remains green when fruits are mature and ripe.
  • Creamy, pale green flesh, with flesh recovery of 77%
  • Fruit weight 140-425g
  • Fuertes mature early

Pinkerton

  • Pinkertons are semi-dwarf tree with medium height and are predominantly Guatemalan with flower type A.
  • Leaves do not produce aniseed smell when crushed, neither do new shoots produce red flecking on wood.
  • Fruits are long, pear-shaped with small seed. Under cool conditions, the fruit can develop long neck.
  • Fruit are large and can weigh 225-510g
  • Fruit skin is of medium thickness, green with slight pebbling and excellent peeling
  • Skin colour is green which deepens as the fruit ripens
  • Creamy, pale green flesh with flesh recovery of 82%
  • Maturity is mid-season

Reed

  • Reed trees are semi-weeping column shape of medium shape; it belongs to Guatemalan race and has flower type A.
  • Leaves do not produce aniseed smell when crushed; neither do new shoots produce red flecking on wood.
  • Reed is a round fruit with medium seed
  • Skin colour is green even after the fruit is mature and ripe
  • Skin is of medium-thickness and of easy peeling
  • Fruit is medium to large size with weight of 225-510g
  • Creamy flesh with good taste and flesh recovery of 72%
  • It matures very late

Edranol

  • Edranol trees are compact, medium size, Guatemalan race with flower type B.
  • Leaves are dark green in color and do not produce aniseed smell when crushed, neither do new shoots produce red flecking on wood.
  • Fruit are pear shaped and dark green when ripe
  • Fruit skin is thick and relatively smooth
  • Flesh recovery of 77%
  • Fruit weigh between 320-470g
  • Maturity is mid-season

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POMEGRANATE FRUIT

Pomegranate plant is a small shrub with a maximum height of 10mtrs, our variety is Wonderful which goes for Kshs. 300 per seedling, it grows in semi-arid areas and can survive in both Alkaline and acidic soils, but extremely good in well drained heavy loam soils. Ph. of the soil between 6.5 and 7.5.
Best propagation is through stems or cuttings, the plant survives for a duration of about 28-35 years so it’s important to ensure on the PH right, and to add sufficient Nutrients and manure to the soil prior to planting. Proper ploughing and establishing the nutrients will help in better root system and water management.

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Loquat fruit

Here are some of the Amazing Benefits of the loquat fruit.

1. Loquats help reduces the risk of developing cancer

2. Promotes bone health

3. Helps with Diabetes

4. Loquats helps Reduce Weight and Improves digestion

5. Keeps Cholesterol at a Healthy Level.

6. Loquat Fruit enhances Immunity.

7. Ideal for the Circulatory system.

8. Loquat Fruit Boosts Brain Functionality

9. Ideal for Sight

10. Excellent for Healthy Eating

11. Reduces Blood Pressure

And Finally did you know that you can make tea with Loquat leaves? so that’s the 12th benefit.

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Some of the Major benefits of the Pomegranate Fruit.

Some of the Major benefits of the Pomegranate fruit.

1. Antioxidants

Pomegranate seeds get their vibrant red hue from polyphenols. These chemicals are powerful antioxidants.

2. Vitamin C

The juice of a single pomegranate has more than 40 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

3. Cancer prevention

Pomegranate may help stop the growth of prostate cancer cells.

4. Alzheimer’s disease protection

The antioxidants in the fruit and their high concentration are believed to stall the progress of Alzheimer disease and protect memory.

5. Digestion

Pomegranate can reduce inflammation in the gut and improve digestion.

6. Anti-inflammatory

Pomegranate is a powerful anti-inflammatory because of its high concentration of antioxidants.

7. Arthritis

Flavonols in pomegranate may help block the inflammation that contributes to osteoarthritis and cartilage damage.

8. Heart disease

Pomegranate juice helps protect the heart and arteries.

9. Blood pressure

Eating pomegranate daily may also help lower systolic blood pressure.

10. Antiviral

Pomegranate can prevent illness and fight off infection

11. Vitamin-rich

Pomegranate is a good source of folate, potassium, and vitamin K.

12. Memory

Drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice a daily may improve learning and memory,

13. Endurance and sports performance

Pomegranate helps reduce soreness and improve strength recovery. It also decreases oxidative damage caused by exercise.

14. Sexual performance and fertility

Pomegranate concentration of antioxidants and ability to impact oxidative stress make it a potential fertility aid. Oxidative stress has been shown to cause sperm dysfunction and decrease fertility in women.The juice has also been shown to help reduce oxidative stress in the placenta. Drinking pomegranate juice can also increase testosterone levels in men and women, one of the main hormones behind sex drive.

15. Diabetes

Pomegranate may help decrease insulin resistance and lower blood sugar.

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THE NEW GOLD MINE

Did you know that Dragon fruit farming is one of the most profitable fruit farming venture in Kenya? One stool of 2 plants can give you about 20 fruits each season. On average, each fruit weighs about 500g. That means each stool will give you approximately 10 kgs every year. If you sell at a wholesale price of 500 per kg, you will be earning Ksh5,000 per stool. One acre accommodates 2,000 stools at a spacing of 1m between the stools and 2m between the lines. That translates to Ksh10 million per year from one acre.

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Tips to consider when fertilizing apple trees

Devising an effective fertilizer application program is a complex challenge to farmers in different parts of the world. It takes a lot of expertise and proper management to get on the right track, from conventional to organic farming. Organic fertilizers are required by all plants and are used extensively by farmers practicing floriculture and horticulture.

Nutrient Deficiencies in Fruit Trees

Nutrient deficiencies can greatly affect the performance and productivity of apple trees. When practicing organic farming, most of the fertilizers used are organic, although small amounts of chemical fertilizers are important. Apple trees require various micronutrients in high levels at different growth stages such as Calcium, Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Magnesium. Besides, they require small traces of micronutrients like Molybdenum, Iron, Cobalt, Silicon, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Sodium, Boron, and Chloride. Nitrogen is required in large amounts in the early stages and when the trees are growing vigorously. During the flowering and fruiting stage, NPK formulations with a high potassium percentage should be applied or sprayed.

Some indications of nutrient deficiencies in apple plants include:

  • Slightly red leaves indicate lack of nitrogen
  • Yellow and green patches on fruits is an indication of potassium deficiency
  • Corky areas on apple fruits indicate boron deficiency
  • Curling backward of leaves is an indication of phosphorus deficiency.
  • Deformed fruits
  • Chlorosis
  • Cracking of fruits
  • Peak blight of fruits indicates lack of calcium

Understand the crop needs and apply the right amount of fertilizers

The amount of fertilizers required by apple trees varies depending on the soil fertility, manure applied, and the growth stage. Several things can happen when incorrect amounts of fertilizers are applied.  

  • For instance, excessive application of fertilizers makes the plants concentrate on producing a lot of shoots and leaves instead of fruits.
  • Failing to use fertilizers or applying extremely little fertilizers can lead to nutrient deficiencies, stunted growth, and poor health. Besides, the plants under-perform and their ability to fight pests and diseases reduces.

Know when to apply fertilizers

Fertilizers should be applied 3 times per year.

  • The first application should be done before flowering
  • The second application should be made after flowering
  • The third application should be done a month later

However, in the early growth stages, and during vegetative growth, fertilizers can be applied at different times of the year depending on the nutrients required. Fertilizers should, however, be applied at controlled rates. Manure and other organic products should be applied regularly to keep the soil healthy and fertile.

Mulch the plants

Mulching, especially young plants, minimizes the growth of weeds, enhances the soil texture, increases the organic matter, minimizes water loss through evaporation, and increases soil micro-organisms. The need for nitrogen-based fertilizers reduces as soil health improves.

In commercial apple production, it’s important to get your soil tested by professionals to identify the nutrients that are present and absent. This can help farmers to devise effective fertilizer and manuring programs. To enjoy the profitability of apple farming, consult Oxfarm Ltd for professional soil analysis services.