The Effect Of Some Tillage Methods And Cropping Sequence On Rainfall Conservation In Semi Arid Area Of Eastern Kenya

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1977
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Albert Mpuria M
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To the east and south of the central highlands 01 Kenya lies an area whose agricultural production is based on a low and unreliable rainfall. There are two cropping seasons per year of roughly equal duration, lasting three to .four months but with the rainy portion of each seaSon rarely exceeding two months. There is usually heavy rain ~uring the first month of the rainy season which, combined With the structural1y weak sandy clay or sandy loam soils, result in large quantities of rurlOff. There is usually 1i tt1e or no rain during the second half of each season. This means that crops which take throe to four months grow with reduced rain water and h?ve to reach maturity with wateT"stored in the soil. Hence there are frequent crop failures.
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