Research Papers/Topics in Crop Production and Horticulture

Effect Of Chickpea (Cicer Arietinum L.) And White Lupin (Lupinus Albus L.) On Phosphorus Mobilization From Minjingu Phosphate Rock, Soil Available N And Sorghum Yields In Various Cropping Sys

ABSTRACTSmallholder farming systems in Njoro are characterized by the application of sub- optimal rates or non-utilization of inorganic fertilizers due to their exorbitant prices vis-à-vis low financial returns from crops. Efficient application of natural materials in agro ecosystems, viz. the use of Minjingu phosphate rock (MPR) as a fertilizer is an attractive alternative to inorganic fertilizers, however, releases phosphorous slowly due to its low solubility. The use of the legumes apart ...

Factors Influencing Pig Production In Embu West, Embu County, Kenya

ABSTRACTTraditional/backyard pig production systems are found in the larger Western Kenya while commercial systems are predominant in Eastern and Central Kenya including Nairobi. The pig holdings in Coast and few in North-Eastern are commercial systems. The expansion and improvement of the market for pigs and pig products generally in Kenya may explain why pig- keeping is beginning to be found outside traditional pig-keeping areas.The objectives of the study were: 1) To characterize pig produ...

Characterisation Of Livestock Production Systems And Its Contribution To The Food Security In Kitui County, Kenya

ABSTRACTLivestock production is critical in poverty reduction through food security improvement and rural development. Demographic characteristics, agro-ecological zone and market structure influences the the different livestock production systems. In order to plan for suitable interventions by Kitui County to enhance livestock production, this study aims to identify and document existing livestock production systems,and assessed household vulnerability to food insecurity in identified livest...