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    Clean BeetrootBy John Matava

    A Nakuru County farmer,Rehema Gathoni is earning approximately Sh90,000 in profits every three months,which is twice as much of what she was earning from cabbages.

    The amount she makes currently is 2 times more of what she used to earn as a cabbage farmer considering that she was harvesting an average of 3000 kilograms from her eighth of an acre farm with each kilo retailing at Sh15.

    As a cabbage farmer ,Rehema used to spend Sh12,000 on fertiliser and controlling cutworms which attacked 20 per cent of her crops.But now shifting to beetroots has slashed pesticides and fertiliser costs by a quater.

    With a plant population of 15,000 plants she harvests  around 3000 kilograms and retails at Sh30 per kilo to earn Sh90,000 in every three months.

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    coriander dania farm kenyaBy John Matava

    Coriander/dhania farming is a great side hustle to make extra cash. It is an all year round, fast growing crop that takes about four to six weeks to mature. For an acre of land, a farmer will require 500 grams of seeds at a cost of Sh1000. From these, he/she will harvest between 600 to 800 kilograms of ready dhania and sell at an average price of Sh53 per kilogram,earning between Sh26,500 and Sh42,400 per harvest. 

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    IMG 20200625 WA0019By John Matava

    Adoption of the modern langstroth bee hive, which has vertically hung frames, allowing three times the storage capacity that the circular long hive offers, has seen Ezekiel Mumo triple his yields from harvesting 10kgs of honey to 30kgs per hive, each season. Consequently, his income has tripled to Sh15,000 from Sh5,000 as the farm price for each kilo gram is Sh500. Now, with a capacity of 35 hives, Ezekiel earns Sh525,000 every season.

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