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Ginger is one of those seasonings that adds something special to anything it’s in. Whether ginger is the dominant flavor, like in gingerbread, or whether it serves as that intriguing hint of spice in a stir fry or stew, it offers a nice combination of sweet and spicy that pleases the palate. But surely something that good must be used in moderation, right? Nope. Turns out, daily consumption of ginger offers all sorts of health benefits. Even if you don’t like the flavor, you may want to start taking supplements. Manage acid reflux Acid reflux, otherwise known as heartburn, is
Whether you have owned a farm for years, or you’re simply interested in the field of agriculture, there are plenty of ways to break into the writing scene with other freelance agriculture writers. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert on tilling the land and taking care of animals in order to write profound, informative pieces on agriculture; however, you do have to be creative, clear and concise. Tips For Breaking Into The Agriculture Writing Industry: Know how to market your education and background. For instance, I attended Michigan State University, one of the top agriculture colleges in the
In several parts of the world from East Asia to West Africa, various types of ants, worms and insects have been popular delicacies. When we see a lot of these animals around us, they do not look like what we would order at a restaurant, but when raised cleanly and prepared with a good recipe, they are some of the tastiest sources of protein. Also from an ecological standpoint, insects are very environmentally friendly. A United Nations report found that the livestock industry is responsible for generating more greenhouse gas emissions than transport. That means the burgers, chicken, and pork we are eating
The world’s peace has experienced threats from civil unrest, and armed violence over the last couple of decades. Armed conflicts have occurred in places around the world in varying magnitudes with some destructive impacts on society. In recent years, conflicts in countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Ukraine, have resulted in the highest yearly death toll in the period after cold world war. In fact, the impacts of the ongoing conflicts have challenged the ability of the international community to ensure global peace. The peace efforts of various global developmental agenda seek to ensure that the world lives in
Farm management is the collective term for various management strategies and methods that are employed to keep a farm productive and profitable. The process of this type of management is often associated with large commercial farms, although many of the same methods can be used with equal success on a small family-owned farm. Depending on the size of the operation, the management process may require the services of a single farm-manager or a group of managers who oversee various aspects of the overall project. In many respects, effective farm management is similar to the management processes that are employed with any
Moringa (Moringa spp.) is one of the world’s most useful plants with one of the highest nutritional contents of any plant known in the world. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India.  It is a fast-growing tree and is grown throughout the tropics. The most widely cultivated species is Moringa Oleifera, a multipurpose tree, and usually called the Miracle tree for good reason. Common names include Moringa, drumstick tree, from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed pods, horseradish tree, from the taste of the roots which resembles
                           Technology is not the magic bullet for flood-ravaged and drought-affected farms, but an expert says it can be a good tool to help prepare farmers for tough times. Professor Craig Baillie, director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Center for Agricultural Engineering, said employing savvy practices allowed farmers to make more money in the good years, to help offset the burden of the hadrer, leaner years. He was excited about the future of agricultural technology and how it could help things happen at the right time, every
One of the popular ways to increase crop yield is the application of fertilizers, either organic or inorganic or at times, the combination of both called organo-mineral. However, the application of fertilizers has basic concept farmers must understand before starting the operation. Fertilizer is a separate entity and not a major factor for plant growth, though it’s a prerequisite. What makes it optional is the information that fertilizers are not needed in all cases, only in a condition when found deficient in the soil through the signs exhibited by the plants. Application of fertilizer can be good and at the same
Nigeria produces approximately 8million metric tonnes of maize per year. Maize is one of the most versatile emerging crops having wider conditions. Globally, maize is known as the queen of cereals because it has the highest genetic yield potential among the cereals. It is cultivated on nearly 150m ha in about 160 countries have a wider diversity of soil, climate, biodiversity and management practices that contributes 36% (782MT) in the global grain production. Soils Maize can be grown successfully in a variety of soils ranging from loamy – sand to clay – loam. However, soils with good organic matter content
When a production outfit operates on a large scale, they have advantages over the smaller ones. These categories of economic entity enjoy lower costs per unit of the total cost of production. The reason behind this is that the production cost is spread over the large units of products/services produced/rendered.  By this, the production outfit is said to have enjoyed economies of scale.  Depending on whether the benefits can be controlled within or outside the production organization, economies of scale are of two types –internal and external economies. From the internal perspective, the producer enjoys economies of scale when it buys
Proteins are large bio-molecules that consist of one or more long chains of amino acid residues. They perform an array of functions that are germane to growth and development of organisms [see]. Proteins supply macro-nutrients needed for building of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood in an organism.  Eating protein-rich food guarantees the supply of amino acids for building up the body. Although proteins are important in human diets, and should be consumed in adequate quantity, it is important to be mindful of the type of protein one consumes. Broadly, protein-rich foods can either be from animal or plant origins.
At FarmKonnect, we have a strong conviction that drones and satellites would revolutionalize Agriculture in Nigeria from crop monitoring to livestock farming, hence our strong desire to educate farmers on how to use these new technologies Over the past several years, we have had the privilege to talk with farmers around the world about the growing excitement of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in the agricultural industry. and farmers are always quick to ask me, “What are your best tips for a new user?” Here are our best advice: Be Educated on Local and Federal Regulations. It is critically important to
Agriculture is a significant economic activity in economies around the world. It plays vital roles in economic development in Africa. In sub-Saharan African (SSA), agriculture provides employment for over 60% of the population [see]. It contributes between 30% and 35% toGross Domestic Product (GDP) in West Africa [see]. Compared to GDP in non-agricultural sector, agricultural GDP growth in SSA is two to four times more effective in raising income and reducing poverty [see]. However, the potentials of the sector to contribute to development are largely untapped and poverty is endemic especially in rural areas in Africa, Nigeria inclusive. Successive governments
Drones are widely used across many farms now as an affordable way to take care of complex farm jobs. Whether it is saving a farmer considerable amounts of time searching for livestock or monitoring crops, there are many practical applications to using a drone on your farm We take a look at 8 amazing possibilities that could make drone ownership even more financially viable for precision farmers. Counting Crops Forget complex equations to estimate your yield, there is technology being developed that will enable drones to count each and every plant on your field. This will give specific numbers of
Drought Survival Tips Drought can be as tough on the grower as it is on your trees. Because the weather is out of our control, we can end up feeling powerless. After crying in a beer or two with your neighbor — especially if you rely heavily on state and/or federal water that at press time just isn’t coming — it’s time to dust yourself and figure out what you can do. Here are some helpful prescriptions. You won’t be cured — only Mother Nature can do that — but you’ll feel a little bit better. Maintain your irrigation system.

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