Compost. Making In The Fort Hall District Of Kenya

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Rimington G. P.
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The fertility of the land in' the African reserves is steadily decreasing due to the fact that for generations crops have been taken off the land and nothing has been put back into it. Increasing population is also causing large tracts of land to be opened up in an endeavor to meet the demand for food, and these are being treated in a similar manner. Various schemes have been adopted to persuade the African that it is impracticable and uneconomical to produce crops over a continuous and long period of cultivation with complete disregard to maintaining the fertility of the land. Artificial fertilizers are beyond the reach of the Africans and although many farmers know that green manure is advantageous, they prefer to grow food crops on such land. Some of the better African farmers are gradually beginning to realize that the use of organic manures is to their advantage if they wish to produce better crops. Animal manure is much the best fertilizer but as the supply of this in the Kikuyu reserve is limited, compost making has been introduced, and it is felt that this will help to solve the problem of obtaining an adequate supply of manure at a very low cost.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 17, p. 35-37