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Kenya: Farmers beat drought with hydroponic fodder

Recurring dry spells across Kenya are destroying crops and pastures, starving animals and leaving millions of people at risk of food insecurity, say experts.

To guarantee livestock fodder even when pastures are dry, farmers are switching to hydroponics, a soil-less culture technology which uses less water and land and can yield up to 10 times the crop grown in an open field.

The method mixes barley, wheat, maize and other grains with water in trays and takes only days to mature – compared to months for ordinary fodder like Napier grass, said Donatus Njoroge, a researcher at Mount Kenya University and director at Hydroponics Kenya, a business that teaches the technique to farmers in the area.

Read more at Reuters (Justus Wanzala)

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