Different Varieties of African Eggplant and their Characteristics

Different Varieties of African Eggplant and their Characteristics

African Eggplant is sometimes called “bitter tomato”. It gives very typical fruits, generally flattened and deeply ribbed. It can be grown all year round but results are better during cool and dry season. About 500 years ago, British traders introduced the African Eggplant, a fruit they had encountered along the coast of West Africa to Britain. These fruits were whitish, with a green hue, shaped like eggs, with a slightly bitter taste and spongy texture. Around the same time, a purple-hued, oblong-shaped eggplant was making its debut in British cuisine.…

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Amazing Step by Step Comprehensive Guide to Coffee Farming

Amazing Step by Step Comprehensive Guide to Coffee Farming

The coffee tree produces purple or red cherries (edible fruits). Coffee beans are seen inside them. Coffee trees are bush type trees that can reach up to a height of 12 feet. Their flowers are white in colour. Once a coffee orchard is established, we can expect coffee beans from them for up to 60 years. Generally, coffee produces its beans after 4 years of planting. Coffee plants can be grown in pots and containers and even in backyards. Commercial farming of coffee is an advisable business which earns us…

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Introduction to Plantains and their Environment

Plantains (Musa spp., AAB genome) are plants producing fruits that remain starchy at maturity (Marriot and Lancaster, 1983; Robinson, 1996) and need processing before consumption. Plantain production in Africa is estimated at more than 50% of worldwide production (FAO, 1990). The majority (82%) of plantains in Africa are produced in the area stretching from the lowlands of Guinea and Liberia to the central basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo. West and Central Africa contribute 61 and 21%, respectively (FAO, 1986). It is estimatedthat about 70 million people in West…

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Oil Crops

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Oil crops are those types of plants which are grown mainly for the oil they produce. For example: soybeans, canola, avocados, grapes, and almonds. Soybeans, peanuts, sunflowers, and canola are mainly used to produce edible oils. Sunflowers are used to produce sunflower oils, peanuts are used to produce peanut oil (Ground nut oil) which is widely used to fry foods in many countries. Canola is used to produce Canola oil while Soybeans are used to produce Soya bean oil. There are some major oils which are widely edible oil production…

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Comprehensive Step by Step Guide on SoyaBean Farming

Comprehensive Step by Step Guide on SoyaBean Farming

Soybean is known as the golden bean and Soybeans belong to the legume crop family and are basically native to East Asia. Its botanical name is Glycine max. Soybean is an exceptionally nutritive and very rich protein food. Soybean oil is one of the most popular edible oil used in Africa. Soya also used as milk product and available in the form of soya chunks. By: Dr Samuel Nsubuga (Smart Agribusiness Forum Africa) HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOYBEAN Some of the Soyabean health benefits are mentioned below:• Soybean is low in…

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Importance of Feeding Balanced Ration to your Animals

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A balanced ration should provide protein, energy, minerals and vitamins from dry fodders, green fodders, concentrates, mineral supplements etc., in appropriate quantities to enable the animal to perform optimally and remain healthy. There are certain advantages associated with feeding balanced rations to your animals as it improves the general performance of your livestock’s. Imbalanced feeding results to the following errors: • Low milk production, poor growth and reproduction • Milk production of animals lower than their genetic potential • Shorter lactation length and longer calving intervals • Animals more prone…

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Comprehensive Guide on How to Grow and Care for Onions

Comprehensive Guide on How to Grow and Care for Onions

What to learn how to grow onions? here you are at the right place! Onions are a must-grow vegetable. Why? Well, where to begin! To start, onions are very easy to grow and, properly prepared, bulbs will store reliably for up to six months. As with potatoes, there’s something deeply satisfying about the weighty harvest you can get from even a small area, and as the starting point to so many recipes there’s every reason to grow your own. So let’s not hang about: here’s our Sowing to Harvest guide…

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