Organic fertilizers are synthetic compounds that are manufactured artificially and contain the minerals that are required by the plants. Many are applied directly to the soil to supplement the the mineral nutrients that may have been depleted hence increases soil fertility.
For maximum and constant production of agricultural produce like maize, fertilizers application is more important as it increases yield as compared to when fertilizers are are not used.
In maize production for example, fertilizer are applied during planting to promote good root development. Such fertilizer contains required minerals that are responsible for root develop for example phosphorus.
After germination of the crop, they are monitored and another fertilizer for top dressing is applied when plants are at knee height or has six true leaves. Such fertilizers has minerals that promote shoot and vegetative growth like nitrogen.
They are sold depending on the quantity e.g 10kg, 25kg and 50kg. Prices now ranges between Ksh 500 to Ksh 7000, for example, 50kg DAP cost Ksh 6,000 and 10kg CAN cost Ksh 1,200.
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