Makueni farmers beat climate with conservation farming

Mr Paul Makula in his neighbouring farm in which conservation farming was not practised. PHOTO/JOSHUA MASINDE

What you need to know:

  • Conservation agriculture or farming is a practice aimed at preserving soil and water by use of crop cover (mulch or organic matter) to lessen runoff and erosion.
  • It’s been an uphill task to get a mind-set change for the farmers most of who have always practised farming in the old way without regard of adopting better practices for higher yields.

In the ten years that he has been a farmer, Paul Makula doesn’t remember any year that his family never went hungry.

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