- Value added hemp products possibly could create an additional Millions in revenue for Kenyan farmers.
- The infrastructure needed to process hemp will result in increased business opportunities and new jobs in our communities.
- As a food crop, hemp seeds and oil produced from the seeds have high nutritional value, including healthy fats and protein ideal for humans and as an animal feed.
- As a fiber crop, hemp can be used in the manufacturing of products such as clothing, building supplies, and animal bedding.
- As a fuel crop, hemp seeds can be processed into bio-diesel, and stalks can be pelletized or flaked for burning or processed for cellulosic ethanol.
- The production of hemp can play a useful agronomic role in farm land management as part of a crop rotation system, as a cash crop for farms transitioning to organic, and as a riparian buffer.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Agricultural Hemp in Kenya
A solution to creating a diverse rural economy
For agriculture to continue to be a viable industry in Kenya, profound change is needed in order to bolster economic opportunity for farmers. Agricultural hemp should be considered as a possible alternative in Kenya not only for energy sources but to an array of other products as well. Also for agricultural sustainability, including its potential as a soil-cleaning agent and its commercial benefits. Hemp can play a significant role in providing a partial solution to rural diversification due to its' many benefits including the ease of growing. It can grow just about anywhere without the need for fertilizers or toxic chemical pesticides or insecticides and grows to 12 to 15 feet in just 90 days. Products made from agricultural hemp falls into 3 major categories, food, fibre and fuel. As a low cost, high quality food source, it is extremely healthy. Hemp seed is a vegetable source of complete protein and vitamins, having all eight essential amino acids for human health. 66% of hemp protein is high quality, the highest percentage of any plant source and contains 3 times as much vitamin E as flax. Hemp oil, pressed from the hemp seed, is one of the best sources of the two essential fatty acids (EFAs); omega 3 alpha-linolenic acids and omega 6 linoleic acids. And hemp seed oil contains them in an optimum ratio of 3 to 1 (3 omega 6 to one omega 3). Hemp seeds and oil can be processed and blended to supplement porridge, burgers, cheese, salad dressing, snack bars, cookies, or as a replacement for any soybean product. The flour can be used as a gluten free alternative or it can be blended with other natural flours to supplement any recipe. No other single plant source provides complete protein nutrition in such an easily digestible form, nor has the oils essential to life, in a perfect ratio for human health and vitality. Oils, cold pressed from the seed, can also enhance a complete range of external body care products such as shaving lotions, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, lip balm, soaps, and even bubble bath. Therefore, we need to grow plants that are sustainable, that can supply fibre for natural textiles, to meet our current and future need without the use of harmful pollutants.
Agricultural hemp fibres, processed from the stalks, have great tensile strength that makes strong natural bast fibre textiles used to produce some 5,000 textile products, ranging from ropes to fine laces. The pulp, from the hurds can provide paper products. One acre of hemp can produce up to four times as much paper as cutting an acre of trees. The hurds, the woody core remaining after the fibre is removed, contains more than 77% cellulose, which can be used to produce some 20,000 different products including building composites such as biodegradable fibreboard used for insulation, flooring, roofs, walls and even an array of plastic products. We have the means to cultivate hemp by converting organic biomass into fuel without adding any extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Hemp charcoal, for example, has the same heating value as coal, with little sulphur to pollute the earth. Natural waste materials from hemp stalks and other agricultural wastes can be compacted without additives to make biomass logs that have a greater radiant heat output than even coal or Coalite. Hemp biomass can also be converted to methanol, to be used to run cars designed for this type of fuel.
Cultivating the annual hemp plant will play an important role in Kenya as a sustainable crop for it performs well on well-manured land, reduces the need to control weeds, returns abundant nutrients to the soil and restores the soil for further cultivation, and of course, preserves our precious forests.
Agricultural Benefits of Industrial Hemp Cultivation in Kenya.
Production advantages for farmers who grow hemp. This hardy plant is less susceptible to fluctuations in weather and other environmental conditions than other plants, such as cotton. This means that farmers in Kenya are more likely to profit from their investment in an industrial hemp crop, and are able to grow a substantial amount of hemp in a relatively small acreage. Also industrial hemp crop requires minimal maintenance compared to output.
Industrial hemp crops help to enrich the soil. A boon for any farmer, the growth pattern of this plant naturally creates more nutrient-rich soil. Because the dense leaves block sunlight, few weeds grow among industrial hemp crops. The deep roots of the plants provide nitrogen and other minerals to the earth, while reducing the salinity of the groundwater and minimizing topsoil erosion. In addition, this crop is ideal for composting to grow other plants, such as wheat or soy.
Industrial hemp is a profitable rotation crop. While the rotation crop system is often necessary for sustainable agriculture, few of these crops are truly profitable.
Why Hemp in Kenya?
As Kenya transitions to a path of sustainability, Rural Kenya visualizes hemp as an ideal crop for Kenyans, as its production will contribute to the future viability of Kenyan agriculture.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Growing Kenaf Test Plant Images from first planting Jan 2016 till Sept 2016
Two Sets of Test Plants are growing. 1 set started indoors, 2nd set planted in backyard garden.
As of Sept 18 the second set of plants is within 2 feet of acquiring the height the 1st set has reached.
This is a perfect example of Kenaf ability to produce clean energy from the plant biomass.
|Kenaf Plants started indoors Mid Jan 2016|
|2 feet tall kenaf plants transplanted to pots and moved outdoors Spring 2016|
|Kenaf Plant Flower|
|2nd set of Kenaf Plants planted directly in backyard Garden|
|Kenaf Seed pods and seeds from 1st plants|
|Sept 18 2016 1st and 2nd Kenaf Plant Height comparison.|
Friday, September 16, 2016
Hemp A Plant that could change everything. Hemp-Kids Get It
|Hemp, Kids Get It DOE Bioenergize Challenge Winners|
Friday, September 2, 2016
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