Rice production involves various steps including; seedling production, sowing, seedbed preparation, main land preparation, transplanting, main field water management, weeding, pest and disease control, husbandly and harvesting ,threshing, winnowing, drying, storage. About 95% rice production in Kenya is grown under irrigation in paddy schemes managed by theNational Irrigation Board (NIB).
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Agricultural productivity including livestock production is under threat in Africa because of continuing decline in soil quality. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 65 percent of arable land suffers from soil degradation due to erosion-induced losses of topsoil and soil nutrients. Restoring and rehabilitating the health of soil in Africa is a viable intervention towards promoting food security in the region.