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Maize seeds – How to get the right seed variety

“Isolate a small portion of land whenever you want to try a new maize variety. Plant and observe it and only go into full production when sure that the variety can do well in your region.”

Maize 5Every year, many farmers plant the wrong maize seed varieties, ending up in poor yields due to lack of correct information. Well cooked persuasive adverts and promotions for certain seeds are partly to blame for the problem due to the confusion they create. Another problem is the reliance by farmers on local agrovets to choose for them “the best maize varieties”. This approach is not effective because seed stockists will always recommend any variety based on what they want to sell fast.

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Maximizing your land – Inter-cropping

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Inter-cropping is growing two or more crops at the same time in the same field. It is a practice often associated with sustainable and organic farming. It is commonly used in tropical parts of the world, particularly by small scale farmers in Africa.

In this method, there is often one main crop and one or more added crops, with the main crop being the one of primary importance because of economic or food production reasons. The two or more crops used in an intercrop may be from different species and/or different plant families.

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You don’t have to possess a huge piece of land to be a farmer

A guide to setting up own garden in your backyard

Women play a central role in Agriculture but despite this, they receive little support if any; the worst of them being dispossessing them rights over land. As such, economical use of land space is key when they get it. This post therefore highlights major considerations to look at when thinking about where to grow fruit and vegetables in your garden for best results:

 

Choosing your site

  • Try to find a sunny spot with good drainage. A south-facing aspect is ideal.
  • Avoid overhanging tree branches and shade cast by buildings or hedges.
  • Make sure there is plenty of water. Avoid the area next to hedges as this tends to be dry.
  • Provide shelter from wind. You may need to put up a windbreak.
  • Make sure there is protection from marauding wildlife. You may need a chicken-proof fence if you are keeping free range chickens.

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