Crop production: How to use kraal manure as fertiliser for your crops

Plants, just like animals,  need food to grow, and they obtain this food or nutrients from the soil. As a farmer, you should continuously feed the soil to keep your plants healthy, to help them to fight pests and disease and to ensure good yields. Most farmers provide their “plant food”…

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Alternative energy: Turning waste into energy

Biogas is a simple, inexpensive way for families to create their own energy. Cassim Bilali, Director at Care for the Earth Centre in the Rarieda district in Kenya, told us about this alternative source of energy they built at the Centre. Many residents in Kenya – as in South Africa…

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Alternative energy: Turning waste into energy
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Start thinking about your fertiliser requirements for the next maize season

Farmers - a great input cost in the production of maize is fertiliser, of course, whether you use synthetic or organic fertiliser. If you use organic fertiliser produced on you farm, it still requires a lot of effort, energy or cost. If you use fertiliser correctly, however, it will push…

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Build soil nutrients with organic fertilisers

Chemical fertilisers may be expensive, but they are needed for optimal vegetable production. When funds are limited, use at least 25% of the recommended chemical fertiliser, then apply organic fertilisers, like manure, compost and comfrey, to improve soil fertility. Manure Decomposed manure is an excellent soil conditioner. The dung of…

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