African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6712

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of organic and inorganic amendments on nutrient uptake, phosphorus use efficiency and yield of maize in Kisii County, Kenya

Jacob S. Ademba
  • Jacob S. Ademba
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kisii, P.O. Box 523-40200, Kisii, Kenya.
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Johnson K. Kwach
  • Johnson K. Kwach
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kisii, P.O. Box 523-40200, Kisii, Kenya.
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Silas M. Ngari
  • Silas M. Ngari
  • Egerton University, Chemistry Department, P.O. Box 536 Njoro- Kenya.
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Anthony O. Esilaba
  • Anthony O. Esilaba
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, P.O. Box 57811-00200 Nairobi- Kenya.
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Nelson L. Kidula
  • Nelson L. Kidula
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kisii, P.O. Box 523-40200, Kisii, Kenya.
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  •  Received: 15 March 2012
  •  Accepted: 21 March 2014
  •  Published: 16 May 2014


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