An innovative method of boosting soil fertility (African Agriculture)


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New nitrogen-fixing soil fertility method boosts crop production in Kenya

by Bob Koigi

An innovative method of boosting soil fertility has increased yields for farmers in Western Kenya by up to 10 times, promising to increase harvests and boost nutrition if adopted on wide scale.

The four-year project, which was launched last year, has raised the net returns for farmers who adopted the legume and rhizobial inoculant technologies.

Launched in Kenya and seven other African countries to triple the take-up of free atmospheric nitrogen through Biological Nitrogen Fixation, the project has delivered near-instant benefits through improved crop and livestock productivity, nutrition, farm income and soil health.

It has also sparked a revolution in legume processing, specifically of soya, in Western Kenya.

The project’s total benefits at the end of the four years are projected to be at least $31.9 million based on estimates of the increased…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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