KARI-ETC-LEI INSMAP REPORT NO.KE 13 2003 – Farmer field Schools and integrated Nutrient Management in Central Highlands of Kenya

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2003
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Maize is the most important staple food crop in Kenya and is grown in an estimated area of 1.8 million hectares annually with 80% of the landmass under smallholder farmer. However, despite many research efforts dating to pre – independence days, maize production does not match the needs of Kenya’s increasing population and industrial demand including. Its use as livestock feed, the latter. Increases at a rate of 4.7% annually. It has been postulated that the main biophysical constraints to increasing maize production, as do other food crops, are declining soil fertility, exacerbation of pests and weed attach, and diseases. Recent studies have postulated that no matter how effectively other conditions are remolded per capita food production will continue to decline if one current downward trends in soil fertility are not addressed.
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