Malawi farmers shun tobacco crop

Tobacco farmers in Malawi are abandoning the crop due to declining revenues, said the Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA). According to the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC), tobacco prices dropped from a high of US$410/kg in 2010, to US$275/kg in 2016. “As a survival mechanism, farmers are abandoning the growing of…

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Part 1 of 3: Ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming

The profitability and sustainability of livestock farming is under severe pressure. Fortunately, top farmer Mecki Schneider has excellent advice for extensive cattle and sheep farmers. This is the first delivery in a three part series on ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming. Livestock farming across Southern Africa is struggling due…

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New farmer finds quick returns from capsicum

Eric Mungai, 'n professional art director who had a thriving career in the United States, gave all that up to return to Kenya to start farming capsicum. He did his research and chose peppers as a cash crop that brings a quick return. And it worked out for him. This…

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Mushroom production: Grow mushrooms for food and profit – a beginner’s guide

The aspiring mushroom grower needs to do the relevant research, have some patience, and put in the required amount of hard work to get reasonable results. A decomposer and a fungus, the mushroom must live on or in its feed supply. Once matured, it releases spores that germinate, branch and…

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