Coffee Board of Kenya Monthly Bulletins January 1956

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1955
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Now that many planters producing coffee (Coffea Arabica) in climatic areas subject to periods of drought, PPteC1- ate the value of mulching in terms of both soil improvement and enhanced crop yield (1) (2) (3), the need for more land to increase mulch grass production has become a problem oh many estates. In addition to the development a recommended field practices to re move old, debilitated and unecon0mic coffee now growing on the poorer phases of the Kikuyu red loam soil type, and replace it with Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) which is still considered to be the most satisfactory mulching material. These areas occur on the steeper slopes, have been subject to severe losses of top soil by sheet erosion in the past, and must ~n ~any cases have been unsuitable for coffee even when this crop was first planted.
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Bulletin, pp. 21-28
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