Soil testing Continues to improve on Rural livelihood of coffee small holder farmers in uganda.
Soil is an important matter for coffee cultivation ,soil supplies many necessary nutrients for healthy growth of a coffee plant and hence the desired cup quality,the coffee yield and cup quality is largely dependent on the soil on which the coffee grows.Before cultivation , its very important to check the soil for nutrients,by checking the soil you will know whether the soil is having enough amount of nutrients or not
If any nutrient is less or more than the required amount so that necessary measures can be taken.
Paat soil clinic has helped to address the issue of soil fertility and management in uganda,
Soil testing encourages plant growth by providing the best fertilizers recommendations in line with certification agency
By diagnosing whether there is too little or too much of the nutrients
Soil testing promotes environmental quality and also has helped many small holder coffee farmers to save money on unwanted fertilizers
Paat soil clinic has improved on household income among small holder farmers.
Desuzacoffees encourages small holder farmers to consider the following before testing your soil samples
because at Desuzacoffees we take pride in the following obligations and objectives .
We highlight the best specialty coffee from small holder farmers and producers of single origin coffee from eastern region and mountains of the moon (rwenzori region)
We empower coffee community groups and farmers to sell their coffees directly to the Roasters .
The careful harvesting enables families to fetch the best prices, enabling them send their children to school and improve their standard of living.
Small holder farms selectively pick on the ripe cherries ￼, process and dry the coffee with tender care.
- Techniques of precision farming
- Using and obtaining valid soil samples
- Knowledge of fertilizers quality
- Fertilizers application methods
- Knowing the benefits and limitations of manure use
How to calculate fertilizer blend follow the link below
Soil scanner services through farmer cooperatives
According to ICTupdate ,an online web magazine which highlights innovation and research development aimed at improving livelihoods of small holder farmers in Africa and beyond clearly indicated that In Africa, many farmers lack on-site soil and crop information and base their fertiliser selection on intuition or on tacit knowledge and advice from local agro dealers, without knowing the actual nutrient status of their soils. This can result in a mismatch between applied nutrients and required nutrients for productive soils. More so, applying non-limiting nutrients results in economic losses and environmental degradation. What is needed, is real-time information on the nutrient status of soils for informed decision-making on fertilisation. Worldwide, only about 5% of the farmers have access to reliable soil testing information. Conventional soil test laboratories are expensive and testing is done off field, advice is often complex and delivered with delay. But recent technological innovations in IT, sensor technology and machine learning, have opened up new possibilities.
Causes of Decline in soil fertility
- Nutrient Mining
- Loss of top soil by erosion
- Physical degradation of soil for example poor structure ,crusting and water-logging
- Decrease in organic matter content and bio-diversity
- Loss of nutrient through various routes
- Soil acidification,salinization and Alkalization
- Inefficient soil management and soil pollution.
How coffee has improved on rural livelihood in African great lakes region
Credit:Paat soil clinic
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