In Summary
  • Dr Gicheru said yields continued to shrink, affecting the livelihood of millions of farmers.
  • He said the centre was seeking Sh10 million to set up a soil testing laboratory to advice farmers on proper ways to replenish their soils.

Soil scientists have raised the alarm over decline in soil fertility in Mt Kenya region, attributing it to lack of micronutrients.

They said the soil lacked basic micro minerals like zinc, potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous and this affected productivity.

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation Embu centre director Patrick Gicheru said soil continued to be deprived of nutrients since some fertiliser blenders failed to include basic minerals.

POTASSIUM
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Embu Deputy Governor David Kariuki, Dr Gicheru said yields continued to shrink, affecting the livelihood of millions of farmers.

He said the centre was seeking Sh10 million to set up a soil testing laboratory to advice farmers on proper ways to replenish their soils.

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