Now, I know we technically have a few days left in 2017, but I’m ready to dive head-first into a fond, full-blown retrospective. Each year we look back on what we’ve published, compiling and sharing the pieces you liked best.

Throughout the year, we have tackled many of agricultural topics right here on this blog. We’ve analyzed new trends. We’ve written comprehensive guides. We’ve arranged and carried out farm tours

And we have created a library of actionable content and resources.

In our final post of 2017, we wanted to look back at that content library and highlight the pieces that all of you found most useful. Below, you’ll find our top performing posts from this year.

You’ll find that some of these posts have a lasting influence. All of these agricultural posts deserve a revisit.

So, without further ado, here are our top 7 blog posts of 2017 on www.farmerstrend.co.ke

1. 2017 Sixteen Top Agribusiness Ideas for a Willing Entrepreneur in Kenya

Top Agribusiness ideas in Kenya 2017 range from commercial farming of livestock to vegetable produce into revenues. This kind of venture relies on farming or agricultural-based activities. In Kenya most agribusiness ventures are done on a large-scale, though small-scale agribusiness activities also thrive well in Kenya READ MORE

2. Complete guide on how to plant the best sukuma wiki (kales) in Kenya

Kales are one of Kenya’s most demanded green vegetables especially due to their nutritional value. The Kales business is extremely vibrant both in urban areas and rural areas. Selling Kales is very easy and offers you an opportunity to make a decent living. I will provide tips on how to succeed in the Kales business. READ MORE

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3. What you should know regarding Fleckvieh dairy cattle, a disease resistant breed of cattle that eats less and produces more

The Fleckvieh breed of cattle is said to be a high yielding, dual-purpose cow developed for both dairy and beef production. Also referred to as Miling Simmental because of its origin from the Simmental breed of cattle, the breed was developed in Germany and introduced into Kenya from South Africa in 2009.

Fleckvieh is a hardy breed that can resist diseases, eats less and produces more high quality milk. Kenyan dairy farmers are used to the common exotic breeds of dairy cows such as the Holstein-Fresians, Ayrshire, Guernsey or even Jerseys. READ MORE

4. What you should know regarding Kiwi Fruit Farming in Kenya

Kiwi is a temperate fruit that can perform well in temperate zones in Kenya that include Central, Western highlands and central Rift valley among others. It can be propagated either from seed or stem cuttings. Cuttings are the most preferred method because they mature faster. Kiwi can be grown in a wide range of soils, as long as the soil is properly drained. It is a climbing plant and will need support until they are properly established, a trellis system serves better. A suitable site is one that is protected from strong winds and is exposed to enough sunlight. Because of its shallow roots and fast growth, kiwi should be irrigated regularly. READ MORE

5. Difference Between Kuroiler, Kenbro, Rainbow Rooster and KARI Improved Chicken

As kienyeji chickens become more and more popular in Kenya, more and more breeds are entering the market.These improved breeds have higher productivity than the local kienyeji breeds. They have been bred for certain purposes. As a farmer, it is important to take advantage of the different kienyeji chicken breed’s characteristics to fit your purposes. For example, If you are keeping chickens for meat, a rainbow rooster gains faster weight than the improved KARI and kuroiler breeds. Here are some of the improved kienyeji breeds; READ MORE

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6. General Knowledge on Hass Avocado Production in Kenya

Avocado farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of youths to venture into. The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado. READ MORE

7. Complete guide on Zero Grazing housing designs in Kenya

Several different designs for housing and handling facilities are suitable for small scale dairy operations taking into consideration the weather, topography, and the availability of feed and pasture. It is important to know all the rules and regulations with respect to location, design, and type of operation. Check with your local county office to obtain the required permits prior to building or renovating your existing facility. You should also talk to an experienced builder or contractor to ensure the cost of the facility is within the objectives of the operation.. READ MORE

8. Step by step guide to silage making for more milk during dry season

Many parts of Kenya are currently undergoing severe drought and many dairy farmers are experiencing significant decreases in milk production due to the resultant drop in forage production. READ MORE

9. How Pokea Farm in Njoro makes over 600,000/= from dairy farming – success story of James Ndung’u

The vehicles leave a cloud of dust on the murram road that meanders to Pokea Farm in Njoro Sub-county, some 15km from Nakuru town.

It has not rained for about two weeks and the dust is reaching unbearable levels, especially for the residents living near the road. READ MORE

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10. Poultry farming business plan template for beginners

Are you interested in starting a poultry farm (chicken + egg production)? If YES, then here is a sample poultry farming business plan template for beginners.

Poultry farming is usually the business i recommend for retirees and individuals who are passionate about livestock farming. In the past, people were nonchallant about breeding birds or cultivating crops for profits. READ MORE

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