The use of fertilizer can easily double your farm yields and profits. But, you must use the right fertilizer blend at correct amounts. In this post, we will give you the fertilizer application rate per crop in Kenya.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture guidelines, you will need planting and topdressing fertilizers. You must be wondering now, how much fertilizer per square meter, per plant or acre? Known as fertilizer application rate, it is the quantity of fertilizers applied to a given piece of land or a plant. Its expressed as Kgs/Ha, bags/acre or g/tree.
The article lists food crops such as vegetables; tomato, cabbage and carrots. Cereals like barley, maize and wheat and other cash crops like tea, coffee and sugarcane as well as fruit trees such as avocado, mango and citrus fruit trees.
Looking for the fertilizer rate per horticulture crop in Kenya. Whether you are growing vegetables in a kitchen garden or you are in commercial vegetable farming, the following are the minimum recommended fertilizer rates;
Are you a Cereals farmer looking for fertilizer rates for barley, maize and wheat or rice crops in Kenya. The following gives you the planting and top dressing rates. Its recommended to do a soil test and follow for accurate soil health management recommendations
Unlike the horticulture and grain crops above, The fruit trees in Kenya are perennial plants requiring fertilizer application for a long period of time.
|Age of Avocado tree||CAN fertilizer (g/tree)||TSP fertilizer (g/tree)|
|Over 8 years||650||650|
|Age of citrus fruit tree||CAN fertilizer (g/tree)||TSP fertilizer (g/tree)|
|Over 5 years||600||1000|
|Age of mango tree||CAN fertilizer (g/tree)||TSP or DAP fertilizer (g/tree)|
|Over 5 years||400||1000|
Cost of fertilizers is a key determiner in profitability of key cash crops in kenya such as tea, coffee and sugarcane. These two require perpetual application of fertilizers over long periods of time. the following are the top rates.
|Age of tea Bushes||NPK 26:5:5 or 20:10:10. (g/tree)||NPK 26:5:5 or 20:10:10. (Kg/Ha)|
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