Evaluating Performance of Range Grasses under Different Micro-Catchments and Financial Returns from Reseeding In Southern Kenya

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Date
2010
Authors
Peter Ogillo
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
Peter Ogillo
Abstract
Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) are characterized by high moisture deficits, variable as well as erratic rainfall and cover more than 80% of the Kenyan land size (Hansen et al. 1986; GoK, 2002). Livestock production under agro-pastoral and pastoral systems is the main source of livelihood for the people in the ASALs (Mbogoh and Shaabani, 1999). However, one of the major constraints to livestock productivity is inadequate supply of feeds both in quantity and quality (Nyangito et at. 2008). Declining availability of palatable and nutritious forage plant species, as a result of prolonged over-utilization of the rangeland pastures is common. Poor quality forage plant species dominate large areas of pasture lands and for the better part of the year; the grazing areas remain almost bare (Mnene, 2006). In East African rangelands, the status of natural pastures is on a downward trend (Coughenour et al. 1990; McPeak, 2001; Coughenour, 2004).
Description
Keywords
Citation
Collections