Conservation of Soil Fertility on Coffee Estates With Special Reference to Anti-Erosion Methods

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Gethin J.G.H
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In coffee husbandry the maintenance of soil fertility is only one of many factors that make for successful coffee production. Insect and fungoid attacks may limit high yields where the soil fertility factor is highly favorable. Again, over extensive coffee~growing areas, it is rainfall and its distribution which determines the crop which the tree can carry to maturity despite all efforts made to improve the general fertility of the soil and to combat pests and diseases. Although much can be done by good soil husbandry to get the best value out of a limited rainfall, it is suitable rainfall and other climatic conditions that largely determine the choice and extent of our present strains of Coffea arabica in this Colony.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 1, p. 456-462