High soil acidity levels hurdle to food security agenda

High soil acidity levels could be a hurdle for the food security agenda.

This emerged at the just concluded two-day fertilizer roundtable forum in Nairobi where participants urged companies to tailor fertilizer to Kenya’s soil requirement.

Kenya food security efforts are unlikely to the realized if the country does not urgently undertake soil testing.

Experts believe soil degradation in Kenya is at crisis levels whose results have been lower farm yields.

To address this, a two-day fertilizer forum roundtable which brought together key stakeholders to address major challenges faced by farmers in accessing quality fertilizer to increase food production, heard that the government needs to subsidize soil testing services to inform the type of fertilizer to be used as well as offer corrective liming products.

Saudi Arabian Mining Company Ma’aden says such forums are helpful in strengthening the local fertilizer industry and improve access to quality fertilizer to boost food security.

It emerged that factories should target to produce fertilizer that meets crop requirements.


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