Coffee Board of Kenya Monthly Bulletins June 1963

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1963
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Mulching of coffee in Kenya has been an established practice for many years,and its value in terms of increased yields has often been demonstrated (1, 2).Most reported field experiments, however, have been concerned with grass mulches, such as Napier or Elephant grass,although several other materials have been used by planters where these materials have been readily available.Amongst the more widely used of these is sisal waste,the residue from the fleshy sisal leaf after mechanical extraction of the fibre. Sisal waste is readily available in large quantities in areas where sisal and coffee grow in close proximity and so transport costs are low. Beneficial results have often been obtained from mulching with sisal waste, but recently indications have been received that care must be exercised in its use; indiscriminate mulching without due attention to the soil conditions of the area being mulched can lead to harmful results.
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