Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Mwea Annual Report

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2006
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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The KARI- Agricultural Research Centre - Mwea Tebere is located in Mwea Division, Kirinyanga District, Central Province, Kenya. The centre lies 21Km South West of Embu town and about 112 km North East of Nairobi. It lies on latitude 0 37' S and Longitude 37 20' at an elevation of 1159 m above sea level. The average rainfall is about 850mm with range of 500-1250mm, divided into bimodal rainfall peaks. The long rain starts from mid March to June with an average of 450mm, while the short rain starts in Mid-October to December with the average of 350mm. The rainfall is characterized by uneven distribution in total amounts, time and space. The temperature ranges from 15.6°C to 28.6 °C with a mean of about 22°C. To achieve the objectives of its mandate, the centre carries out research in sub-centres and research sites distributed all over it mandate region. These include Giaki in Meru, Ithookwe in Kitui, Kampi-yamawe in Makueni, Msabaha in Malindi, Chesongo and Barwesa in Baringo and Tot in Marakwet.
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