Kironchi, G. and J.P. Mbuvi, 1996. Effect of deforestation on soil fertility on the north western slopes of Mt. Kenya. ITC Journal Vol. 3/4 pp 260-263.

Citation:
P PROFMBUVIJOSEPH. "Kironchi, G. and J.P. Mbuvi, 1996. Effect of deforestation on soil fertility on the north western slopes of Mt. Kenya. ITC Journal Vol. 3/4 pp 260-263.". In: Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development. Asian Economic and Social Society; 1996.

Abstract:

The area northwest of Mt. Kenya is undergoing rapid land use changes caused by a population influx. Rapid population growth and subsequent pressure on land raise the problem of how to increase and sustain agricultural production while at the same time conserving the natural resources. Deterioration in soil physical and chemical properties following deforestation for agriculture can adversely affect crop production, especially from soils on mountain slopes. Appropriate conservation and management for sustainable use of such soils require monitoring the changes in soil fertility The effects of land clearing for potato cultivation and livestock grazing on the fertility of an andosol (after 5 to 8 years) were investigated n the 0 to 10, 20 to 30 and 40 to 50 cm soil layers. Topsoil pH decreased significantly in the potato and grass plots, as did organic C, total N and available P

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