MOA NAL Furp Phase 1 Final Report Annex iii Vol 25 Meru District 1987

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1987
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Ministry of Agriculture
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The Meru District is situated around the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya. In the south-eastern region, the main agro-ecological zones follow - according to altitude - a similar pattern as in the bordering Embu District. However, the contrast between wet and dry seasons becomes more accentuated . This is reflected in the sequence of sub-zones (see Map 25.3) and in the rainfall d i agrams for the various trial sites in Meru (Figutes 25.1.5 , 25.2.5 and 25.3 . 5) . For this reason, the cultivation of permanent and annual crops, such as coffee, tea, bananas and cotton, requires in most areas careful water and soil conservation to overcome the drought periods between the seasons. Such conservation measures are also beneficial for the seasonal crops , since the rainy seasons bring rainfall, though very high, only for a
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