Progress-Mavuno Fertilizer Vs DAP Experiment Sucessful Farming Made Possible
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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:

  • It is formulated for the Kenyan soils
  • Improves soil fertility
  • Contains essential micro nutrients
  • Improve soil fertility and reduce acidity.

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:

  • Kales
  • Cabbages
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

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:

  • Made planting holes, put in one spoon full of fertilizer and mixed it thoroughly with the soil. This is to prevent direct contact of the fertilizer with the plants. Contact may cause ‘burning’ effect on the plant.
  • We then poured water into the holes and finally planted the crops.
  • This procedure was used for all crops under the two fertilizers to ensure uniformity and accuracy of the results



Results So Far


fertiliser comparison
















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

Eric K. (Farming Afrika Admin)
Eric K. (Farming Afrika Admin)
Eric is the co-founder of Farming Afrika. He is a farmer, business man and technology professional. He is determined to unwrap the mystery of profitable farming, lead the youth back to the farms and tell the story.


  1. Paul Maru says:

    I am so exited to know about Farming Africa as it has already started transforming my skills in farming. Please keep it up.

  2. mramba charles thoya says:

    amafarmer,service-provider;may u send me the right mavuno formulations to use
    with melon(cucurbits)

  3. Bernard Osure says:

    1. What fertilizer is good for black cotton soils?
    2. What fertilize is good use when planting tree seedlings in your compound. Particularly in black cotton soil areas

  4. Kacy says:

    Thank you for this useful information

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