Farm experts have send a warning to rice farmers, urging them to limit usage of traditional forms of fertilizers.
The use of Diammonium phosphate (DAP), urea and sulphate only provide a maximum of two nutrients, says experts, adding that the fertilizers results to little yields in number of bags of rice harvested per acre.
They recommend the use of granular compound crop specific fertilizers for use when planting as it provides up to five nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and Sulphur).
Yara East Africa country manager Bill Ng’eno said the use these kinds of fertilizers could also lead to losses due to high levels of acidity.
“If you continue to invest in the old fertilisers, then you need to use lime because you need to reduce the acidifying effect,” said Mr Ngeno.
Mr Ng’eno noted that to meet this demand, Yara East Africa has come up with a fertilizer that seeks to help farmers increase their yields.
He said the aim of the product was in line with the mission to feed the world and protect the planet as the organization seeks to provide the right fertilizer to farmers.
“If farmers use quality fertilizer, they will get good returns,” Mr Ngeno said.
Yara East Africa agronomist Kefa Makori said proper adherence to stages of fertiliser application in rice results to quality yields and cited Mwea.
“For rice farmers in Mwea, the yields have grown on average by 27 per cent and between income and profitability, the farmer has an average of Sh28,000 and Sh30,000 per hectare,” Mr Makori said.