When we first heard of the Mavuno crop specific fertilizer, we were excited to try it out and determine if finally, farmers had a viable alternative to the ordinary fertilizers. On paper, the fertilizer seemed to be superior to the other types in the market but as a policy at Farming Afrika, we had to test it for ourselves. Hence the start of this project.
Some of the most exciting factors about Mavuno are:
One of the major problems facing Kenyan farmers today is soil acidity. This is as a result of continuous usage of fertilizer that gradually degrades the soil over time and eventually leads to poor harvest.
Another thing that we realized about Manuno was that its packaging was very conducive as it has been packaged into 1kg, 10kg, 25kg and 50kg bags making it very easy to buy in small qualities.
We decide to start the project to test Mavuno fertilizer against DAP to determine which fertilizer is best. We started with Mavuno’s green leafy vegetable fertilizer on a number of crops among them:
First, we started off by preparing the land. We made sure that we tilled the land early enough and let it lay bare before planting.
We then planted in rows alternating between Mavuno and DAP with the intention of clearly bringing out the difference/contrast.
During planting, we used the following procedure for both fertilizers:
The crops are just over 4 weeks old at the moment and generally doing great. This can be attributed to favorable weather conditions together with frequent watering by the Farming Afrika staff.
One of the notable differences in the two fertilizers is in the Spinach crop where the plants under Mavuno have a brighter color as shown in images below. This is one of the things that Mavuno highlighted as being a key differentiators.
At 4 weeks, cabbages are still not properly developed and hence just a slight difference. We will keep monitoring the plants and report on the findings regularly