The Effect of Rainfall, Soil Moisture and Harvesting Intensity on Crass Production on Two Rangeland Sites in Kenya

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Cassady,J. T.
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The most productive form of land use and management must be applied on Kenya's uncultivated rangelands to attain effective agricultural development. Good agricultural land is scarce; over 70 per cent of Kenya's total land area is in ecological zones V and V [that have arid to very arid climates. Moisture indices of these zones are rated from -40 to -60. (Pratt, Greenway, and Gwynne, 1966; Penman. 1948; and Thorn Thwaite, 1948). The available water index is estimated to range from 30 down to 5(Woodhead, 1970). The MacGillivray report (1967) concludes that in the absence of irrigation, extensive livestock production is likely to be the most efficient form of land use on 75per cent of Kenya's land area. This includes part of semi-arid zone IV.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXXIX (No 1), p. 26-36