Socioeconomic Survey on Range Grass Seed Production, Reseeding and Marketing in the Rangelands of Kenya PDF Print E-mail
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Manyeki J.K1*., Mnene W.N1., Kimitei R1., Mosu A1 and Ngetich R1

1Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kiboko Centre, P.O. Box 12 – 90138, Makindu

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Abstract

During the onset of Agricultural Research Support Programme Phase II, it was reported that there was inadequate knowledge and skills on pasture establishment, management and use among livestock farmers in arid and semi arid lands leading to pasture degradation. Based on this fact, KARI Kiboko research centre in collaboration with other related institutions embarked on disseminating appropriate natural pasture improvement technologies. Defer grazing, oversowing and reseeding technologies were some of the strategies recommended for rehabilitating the denuded pastures. The objective of this study was therefore study was to assess the socio-economics of improving natural pasture in the southern rangelands of Kenya.

Data for analysis was collected using a semi structured questionnaires. Household sampling was done in Narok and Makueni counties. The results of the analyses are presented in descriptive and tabular form. The result indicated an increase in the acreages under natural pasture improvement in Makueni County. The result also showed an increase in tropical livestock unit and milk production, which may perharps have been contributed to the increase in forage production. The cost benefit ratio for seed production for the three species was high compared to that of hay production and marketing.

 

Key words: socioeconomic, cost benefit ratio, natural pasture improvement
 
   

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