By Elizabeth Caecilia Stone
Publication through Elizabeth Caecilia Stone, David I. Owen, John R. Mitchell
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4 Farmers’ Knowledge and Perception of Climbing Beans-Based Cropping. . 41 Materials and Methods The Study Area The survey was conducted in five districts: Burera and Musanze, both located in the Northern Province; Huye in the Southern; Nyamasheke in the Western and Nyagatare in the Eastern Province (Fig. 1). 1 presents a summary of the characteristics of the study districts including rainfall, mean temperature and related agro-ecological zones. The size of the total population in the study area is estimated at about 10 million: 78 % of these (8 million people) are engaged in agricultural crop production (NISR 2008).
1). High rainfall, the nature of the soil type (P-fixing) and the production systems tended to compel the farmers to apply chemical fertilizers to sustain the productivity of crops in Nekemte and Kakamega. Most cultivated lands in Kakamega were planted with improved seeds. Weeds in Kobo and Nekemte were controlled by hand weeding and herbicide application. On the other hand, a large proportion of the cultivated lands in Kakamega depend on hand weeding for weed control. Manure application for managing soil fertility was very limited in the two Ethiopian sites as cow dung was one of the sources of energy for cooking food.
The sites represented a gradient of productivity, increasing from the relatively extensive production system in Kobo to the more intensive production seen in Kakamega. Representative groups of 10–20 farmers were identified and interviewed in each village to gather quantitative group-level data at the village level. Results showed that the application of manure and the use of inorganic fertilizers and improved seeds were more pronounced in Kakamega and Nekemte than in Kobo. Unlike the two Ethiopian sites, 10 % of the households in the Kakamega site owned crossbred cattle.