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ISSN : 2456-8643

Title:
EFFECT OF LAND FRAGMENTATION ON SEED PRODUCTION AND QUALITY IN SABOTI SUB- COUNTY TRANS NZOIA COUNTY (KENYA)

Authors:
Martin Sangula Ngomat and David Mushimiyimana

Abstract:
The broad objective of the study was to assess the effects of land fragmentation on seed production and quality among farms in Saboti sub-county. The study sought to achieve the following specific objectives: to establish cause of land fragmentation; evaluate the effects of land fragmentation on seed quality and production; and to evaluate the effects of land fragmentation on food security in Saboti Sub-County. The study adapted a descriptive research design. The target respondents were 360 small-holder farmers in the county. Probability sampling techniques was used in selecting the sample. The researcher targeted a total of 36 farmers from the sub county. The study used descriptive and analytical methods of data analysis which were mainly performed using the SPSS data analysis package. The data was analyzed using quantitative analysis method. The study showed that the need for diversification and crop rotate are the major reasons as to why farmers in Saboti engage in land fragmentation. Other reasons cited included: ease of supervision/ ease land administration; ease of pest control on small parcels; high population density / need to settle households; and need to increase subsistence food availability or household food security. The findings showed that land fragmentation affects seed production and seed quality. The findings showed that low volumes of production and isolation problems especially for maize production are the major land fragmentation related issues that have affected seed production and quality. Thirdly, the study showed that land fragmentation affects household food security. The study revealed that there is shortage of food for subsistence use because. The study recommends that the government (national and county) ought to put in place measures to discourage fragmentation of agricultural land in Saboti sub-county; as well as provide both financial and non-financial incentives for farmers to encourage land scale farming.

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