Department Of Agriculture Annual Report 1965

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1965
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Department Of Agriculture
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The year 1965 was a difficult year for the farming community in Kenya. This was mainly due to partial failure of the long rains accompanied by attack of insect pests on both crops and grassland. The fact that rains were light in the early part of the year meant that many crop failures resulted, especially when this was accompanied by attacks of pests such as cut-worm and army-worm, and many areas were living under famine conditions by the middle of the year. The Department of Agriculture and its extension service mounted a crash maize planting programme for the short rains using funds obtained from the Treasury, which were distributed on a loan basis to those areas where short-rains planting of maize was considered to be a reasonable proposition if the crop was wes planted, properly fertilized and protected against pest attacks.
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