Proof of the SoilCares Concept
In Burundi SoilCares services were tested amongst 22 farms in 2 regions (Makamba and Vigizo).
Three treatments were applied: the farmer's traditional practices, the governmental recommendations and those of SoilCares. The trial was first performed on maize and stepped to beans in the second season. The trials were performed by independent researchers and practitioner organisations.
The SoilCares recommendations engendered a yield increase of on average of 80%. The initial application of fertilisers also influenced the following season: without having to apply additional fertilisers, the bean yields increased by another 80% on the same plots.
Figure. Maize yields obtained from different fertiliser recommendations in two regions in Burundi. In Makamba yields were also measured in the subsequent season which showed a residual positive effect. The numbers on the x-axis represent the different farmholds.