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AfriLAB: Regional Soil Laboratory Network for Africa | First meeting. 21 - 24 May 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya

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  1. 1. Laboratory name: National Agricultural Soil Laboratories (KALRO Country: Kenya Name of the presenter: Anne Muriuki Report prepared by: Anne Muriuki, Njeru Gachini, Alla Chek & Es
  2. 2. Soil analysis in Kenya How many routine laboratories exist in your country? KALRO = 9, Others = 8 , Total at least 17 Are they ‘mobile’ laboratories? No Are soil test kits commonly used? Yes
  3. 3. Strengths/Weaknesses Wet chemistry analysis Large capacity to undertake samples (20,000 per year) Handles microbiological biological, chemical and physical evaluations of soil, plant, water, fertilizer and manures Serving a large clientele of smallholder farmers and researchers What do you think your lab is strong at?
  4. 4. Centrally placed (in Nairobi) Good infrastructure (but old!) Well trained personnel Operates in a semi-autonomous fashion financially ISO/IEC 17025:2015 accredited Recommendations based on latest research findings What do you think your lab is strong at?... Strengths/Weaknesses
  5. 5. Strengths/Weaknesses • Refurbish the Labs • Acquire modern equipment with high throughput (e.g. spectrometers, (ICP for heavy metals) • Hire younger qualified personnel • Mentor/Train younger personnel to take over from retirees • Install Local Area Network (LAN) • Install software to generate recommendations automatically What do you think it could be improved?
  6. 6. Expectations out of this meeting and GLOSOLAN? 1. Acquire ideas, information and guidance on how to get funding to:  Refurbish labs  Acquire modern equipment with high throughput  Install Local Area Network (LAN)  Install software to generate recommendations automatically 1. Persuade government to hire younger qualified personnel
  7. 7. 3. Acquire ideas, information and guidance on how to quickly mentor/train younger personnel 4. Start effective networks with others in the region 5. Acquire ideas, information and guidance on how to maintain reliable results Expectations out of this meeting and GLOSOLAN?...
  8. 8. Thank you for your attention!

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