CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE

(Conserving resources below and above the ground)

Conservation agriculture (CA) offers a powerful option for meeting future food demands while also contributing to sustainable agriculture and rural development. NECOFA Kenya as a leading organization that has been promoting ecological farming in the region has sought to provide farmers with skills and knowledge to enable farmers to achieve acceptable profits from high and sustained crop production levels while, at the same time, conserving resources and protecting the environment.

Farmers need to really understand the concept of CA and the relevant positive impacts on improving their farm land and reduction of inputs and labour unlike the conventional farming. CA methods has proved to improve the efficiency of input, increase farm income, improve or sustain crop yields, and protect and revitalize soil, biodiversity and the natural resource base. CA methods enhance natural biological processes above and below the ground by reducing interventions such as mechanical soil tillage to an absolute minimum.

In collaboration with Baraka Agricultural college, Necofa team has emphasized on the three interlinked principles that can be applied in a variety of combinations to meet the needs to sustainable use of natural resource and supply of food products among small scale poor farmers. The principles include:

1. Minimum Soil Disturbance (Disturb the soil as little as possible)

2. Permanent soil cover (Keep the soil covered as much as possible)

3. Crop rotation (Mix and rotate)

Conservation agriculture is more than a zero-tillage-based cropping system. Farmers following the CA principles use low-cost tools and equipment and traditional crop varieties. The two principles i.e. the permanent soil cover and crop rotation is applied to suppress the weeds instead of farmers use of herbicides which increase chemical composition that have negative health implications.

For more information on Conservation Agriculture Visit  Conservation Agriculture on Wikipedia

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by JENNIFER M ONANDA on September 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I would like to know how i can get african wool

    Reply

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