Solving Two Major Problems Plaguing Africa; Commercial Organic Fertilizers From Urban Organic Wastes

Africa, the infamous house for subsistence and middle size farming, is experiencing a challenge that modern solutions seem to ignore. The lack of affordable fertilizer for small and middle size farmers denies them economic gains from their farms especially after spending on chemical fertilizers. The problem is compounded by lack of commitment from governments which do not compel fertilizer manufacturers to come up with affordable solutions for farmers. Some governments offer fertilizer subsidies to small scale farmers but this assistance is not reliable, and only less than 20% of needy farmers access such aid yearly. The influence that large farms have over crop markets has paved the way for expensive chemical fertilizers to dominate the markets and suppressed the efforts of small and middle size farmers who opt to cultivate without applying fertilizers on their farms. At the same time, the problem of garbage neutralization in urban cities is growing more complex because land is continuously acquired to expand landfills. Farmers in South Africa are classified into subsistence and commercial farmers; the latter being white farmers mostly. According to a 2016 Land Bank report, an ...

When it comes to keeping farm equipment running smoothly, it takes detailed maintenance and the proper

When it comes to keeping farm equipment running smoothly, it takes detailed maintenance and the proper repairs to avoid expensive breakdowns. On this page, you’ll find lessons for keeping engines, spark plugs, and batteries working well plus tips for winterizing equipment and restoring classic tractors.  There’s no doubt that engines are the heart of any equipment and keeping the engine happy keeps the machine working in tip-top shape. Engine performance can be based on the torque and horsepower. This torque and horsepower article explains the differences between the two and how to measure both. Successful Farming magazine’s Engine Man Ray Bohacz has engine grease and field dirt under his fingernails from a life spent repairing equipment and running a farm. The farmer and repairman answers tough questions from fellow farmers including, is diesel fuel getting into my engine oil or why does my diesel lack power at high rpm? Though diesel engines are often the main worker on the farm, there are numerous gas power plants that also need attention and maintenance. One of these crucial components is the often-ignored spark plug, which has a great effect on engine operation. From...