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This question was asked by: Mr. majau murungi

Question asked:

I belong to a self help group that grows passion fruits. We have noticed that even with the same amount and type of fertilizers, the production for the same number of plants is higher on some soil types than others. We are considering soil testing and hence advice on the way forward. In this regard we would like to know the following: 1. Does KARI carry out soil testing? 2. If yes to (1),where and at what cost? 3. Where would we get guidance on collection of samples.4.Should we submit samples from the two regions for comparison or just one sample from the poorer performing area would suffice? Thanks in advance

Answer:

Our KARI-Land Resources and Analytical Services at KARI-Kabete’s National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) can conduct soil testing for fertility purposes. NARL is located off Waiyaki Way next to Nairobi school in Nairobi. In order to obtain appropriate fertilizer recommendations, it is advisable to submit samples from two regions of your farm. Attached please find the price list and instructions for soil sampling. Clients are advised to make full or 60% payment before the start of analysis. (09-Oct-2009)