Friday, February 18, 2011

Melia Volkesii,a survivor in the desert

Mutomo District is an arid and semi arid area in Kitui County, Eastern province that is occasionally faced with dry spells. The main economic activities in the area are small scale farming and keeping of domestic animals.

The area receives minimal amount of rainfall (between 300-700mm per annum) and the residents frequently face starvation.

Very few indigenous tree species survive in such harsh climatic conditions. Of the few indigenous trees, Melia Volkensii, also locally known as Mukau is one of the species that has defied odds and has been known to do well in these unfavorable conditions.

Melia volkensii is a tree species in the family Meliaceae.
There are various steps and procedures followed in seed propagation and planting of the species.
These are:.....Read more

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