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Bumper harvest due to improved soil fertility and good agricultural practices.

Trans-Nzoia County is one of the country’s breadbaskets due to its good climatic conditions. However, maize production has faced many challenges that is Army worm outbreak and abnormal rainfall patterns which rendered the planting process expensive since some farmers had to replant due low germination rate and others replaced what had not germinated. Other challenges include depleted soils and poor agricultural practices. Many years of heavy chemical fertilizer use and poor farming practices have made soils poor leading to very low yields.

Mike Kangogo, a 35 year old farmer has for several years experienced declining production of maize in his 5 acres piece of land. He says that he has been harvesting less than 100 bags from the 5 acres translating to 20 bags per acre.

Since Kangogo is one of the KAVES beneficiaries, he and other members of Mashariki women group were trained on soil fertility and good agronomic practices which included ways of improving the status of the soil by use of organic manure that restore the fertility of the soil. Kangogo bought manure from ADC and spread in the farm after first ploughing which got mixed with the soil in the second ploughing. He also  prepared his land early and bought planting fertilizer and certified seeds before rain begun. Since time of planting is one of the top factors affecting maize yields, Kangogo dry planted his maize one week before the onset of rain.

He explains that use of the right fertilizer, timely planting, and use of certified seeds, proper spacing and weeding contributed to a higher yield in his farm. “Last year I harvested a total of 162 bags, 62 bags more than the previous season,” he says. He also adds “This year I expect a bumper harvest since I followed all the good agricultural practices”.

Kilimo Talii

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