Adoption and adaptation of conservation agriculture Practices in Laikipia, Kenya

  • Daniel M. Kinyumu Ministry of Agriculture, Laikipia County Government
  • Hellen W. Kamiri School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Karatina University
  • Patrick Mathenge School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Karatina University

Abstract

Conservation agriculture is important because of using limited  resources  efficiently  to  increase  production. A survey was carried out to determine  adoption and practice of conservation agriculture (CA) in Laikipia. A convenience sampling of 5 wards and a proportionate stratified random sampling  of  60  households  practising  both  CA  and conventional farming (CF) was done. Among the farmers, 83% had engaged in farming activities for over 15 years, 32.5% carried out all the 3 principles of CA and 34% were aged between 35-50 years. In terms of perception, 23% of farmers practising CA felt that adopting the technology was less labour intensive, 27% thought that adoption of CA leads to reduced soil degradation and improved yields. Among the households practicing conventional farming, 18% perceived that, adoption of the technology leads to improved yields and reduces competition for use of crop residues; 25% felt that adopting CF leads to loosened soils, reduction of soil compaction and ease of seeding. Evaluation of adoption and practice of CA among farmers offers a new paradigm for research, policy development and  utilization  of  farmers’  experiences  in  up-scaling climate smart farming practices in agricultural systems.

Published
2022-05-26
How to Cite
Kinyumu, D. M., Kamiri, H. W., & Mathenge, P. (2022). Adoption and adaptation of conservation agriculture Practices in Laikipia, Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 85(1-4), 8. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/513