Intergrated Nutrient Management To Attain Sustainable Productivity Increase In East African Farming System

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2004
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Ministry Of Agriculture
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Agricultural production among the smallholder farmers of Kiambu District, Centre Kenya Highlands is increasingly being threatened by declining soil fertility. Population growth, increasing land scarcity and inappropriate land use practices aJre seen as the main factors explaining why soils are coming under pressure in many parts~ of subsaharan Africa (Scoones and Toulmil1, 1999). Evidence Of field stlldies in thehighlalnds of Kenya! has shown thalt soil fertility is declining and U~at the dimension ofthe problem varies with biophysical, socio-economic and iinstitutional factors Addressing this seemingly bleak scenario Callis for adoption of of all~encompassing strategy of managing the widest variety of possible sources of fertilityin the most efficient Way as well a1§ developing practical technologies a1ppiicallble tofarmers under specific and diverse
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