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DEVEL0PMENT OF SOIL DATABASE . Owilla , B. P.O., Elizabeth, A. O., Njagi , R. E. Introduction.

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devel0pment of soil database

DEVEL0PMENT OF SOIL DATABASE

  • Owilla, B. P.O., Elizabeth, A. O., Njagi, R. E.
introduction
Introduction

Kenya needs to intensify monitoring of soil trends irrigation schemes in order to meet the growing demand for food, fibre and industrial development ; and as an early warning for wrong agricultural practices due to migration of human populations to drylands.

rapid destruction of soil structure and changes flora and fauna, due to intensive irrigation/pesticides/fertlizers within upstream-downstrean ecosystem can result to low yields and low farm incomes

. A similar trend has been experienced our old irrigation schemes viz. Kalacha in Marsabit, Bura and Hola.

The enormity of information that needs to be generated under intensive irrigation necessitates modernization of the monitoring data capture, analysis and communication.

In this project, therefore, an electronic soil monitoring database was developed to effectively monitor the irrigation-induced soil changes to facilitate timely corrective measures for sustainable irrigation water and land productivity

purpose and functions
PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS

A. To monitor soil quality/fertility through:

  • Repository for soil chemical and physical quality of Mwea, Bura, Perkera schemes and advisory channel to farmers .
  • To receive and communicate to and from farmers, scientists and manage data
  • Monitoring soil toxicity from pesticides and metals
  • To monitor weather patterns in Mwea, Bura and Perkera and related soil chronosequence
  • Sustainability of scheme irrigation soils therefore requires monitoring of the irrigation-induced spatial and temporal changes in the soil physical, chemical and biological environment.
  • Monitoring water quality in sections of scheme
management activity outline
Management activity Outline

Administration Research Database

Web database

administration
ADMINISTRATION

SAMPLE ACQUISITION AND DESSIMINATION

  • NIB has passed all requirements for soil tests and linked to other soil testing laboratories, especially the KARI NARL laboratories and other which work as a back-up.
  • Facillitated by an accredited laboratory that is ISO certified through Kenya Bureau of Standards.
  • Soil monitoring activity will be governed by regulations of processing laboratory (chemistry lab) for request on soil status and sample deposition
research
RESEARCH
  • Standard Operating procedures for analysis Protocols
  • Collaborating Research and academic institutions, (e.g. UoN & KARI NARL)
    • Equipments: water distiller, centrifuge, Kjedhal nitrogen steam distillers for digestion apparatus, pH meter, Calorimeter, flame photometer, electro conductivity meter, AAS(Atomic ABSORPTION Spectrophotometer, GLC or HPLC
ms access database communication
MS-Access Database communication

Request form

Depositor forms

Databases

Contacts

web database
Web-Database

Communication based on web based catalogue which will be made available in electronic form via www://chemistry-pc/soil monitoring

About page/Home page

Request form

Depositor forms

Databases

Contacts

Registration form

Contacts of NIB

capacity building
CAPACITY BUILDING
  • All lab technicians in NIB-chemistry lab trained to manage databases in :
  • Ms-Access
  • MSQL administration and implementation
  • Instrumentation
  • Data interpretation software
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