Small holder farmers have been lagging behind in terms of yields because they rarely test their soils. How would one know which crop does well on their land expect through soil testing.
The impact has been significant since small holder farmers constitutes 70% of farmers in Zimbabwe. Despite the fact that soil testing doesn’t cost that much, farmers still see it as an unnecessary expense yet they cry foul if their fields fail to produce the expected yield. The extension officers need to make sure they raise awareness on this aspect. Farmers need to know their soil pH- is it acidic or alkalinity and they need to take measures to correct it but this is as per crop pH requirement.
Thanks for the info, Lynette. I am an urban gardener in Harare, any idea where I can get my soil samples tested and approximately how much that might cost? I have always thought that soil testing is expensive and never got around to getting my backyard garden soil tested.
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