Kenya’s agricultural lime market: Options, opportunities and economic potential for granulated lime
Recent research shows that a majority of Kenya’s soils are not only acidic but also suffer from soil nutrient depletion. Agricultural liming is one of the best known and most economically viable soil amelioration and corrective measures against acidity. The application of agricultural lime, a calcium-containing product processed from limestone, gypsum or dolomite increases the soil pH, reduces the solubility of the toxic elements and increases the availability of nutrients to plant roots. Lime also helps in biological nitrogen fixation in legumes and general microbial activity.
However, the readily available powdered lime has proven unattractive to farmers due to its bulkiness, dust, and difficulty in its application. Today, the availability of powder agricultural lime is predominant in the country compared to granulated lime whose availability is not at the required scale.
About the research
Cognizant of the above, Kenya Markets Trust designed a study to inform the agricultural inputs sector on the market opportunities and economic feasibility of granulated lime in Kenya. It conducts a deep-dive evaluation of both the demand and supply of granulated lime in Kenya, identifying gaps and opportunities, as well as policy recommendations needed to support its production and use in Kenya.
The study covered Coast, Mt Kenya, Aberdares, North Rift, Western, Lake Basin and South Nyanza regions. Its findings contribute to international and national priorities as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals, Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda.