KARI-ETC-LEI INSMAP REPORT NO.KE 16 AUG 2005 – Evaluation of Mineral Fertilizer, FYM, Tithomia and Their Combination on maize Production at Gachoka Division, Mbeere District, Kenya

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2005
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Agriculture is the principal source of livelihood for the majority of households living in the semi-arid areas of Eastern Province and Kenya in general. The areas support approximately 20% of Kenya's population. However, per capita production in these areas has been on the decline and farming households in these regions are faced with continuous food deficits, which in most cases cannot be remedied through the short term interventions of the costly famine relief food operations. Improving soil fertility has been identified as an essential micro-level strategy for increasing and sustaining food production in small-holder cropping systems (Sanchez et al. 1997). Further intensification and diversification of land use with high value crops is also advocated.
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