Improving soil fertility through the use of organic and inorganic plant nutrient and crop rotation in Niger

Adamou, A and Bationo, A and Tabo, R and Koala, S (2007) Improving soil fertility through the use of organic and inorganic plant nutrient and crop rotation in Niger. In: Advances in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, Netherlands, pp. 589-598. ISBN 978-1-4020-5759-5

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Food production can be increased through the integration of organic and inorganic nutrient sources coupled with proper land management. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the Sahelian zone of West Africa where soil fertility and rainfall are the most limiting factors for crop production. The majority of the people in this region depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. The population pressure has decreased the availability of arable land and the use of extended fallow periods to restore soil fertility is not possible. Research results have shown that yields can be increased up to five times with the improvement of soil fertility using a combination of soil tillage, organic and inorganic fertilizers than under traditional practice. Crop yields have also been shown to increase substantially using rotation of cereals with legume or intercropping. Yields of pearl millet can be doubled following cowpea as compared to continuous pearl millet cultivation. These combinations can improve soil properties such as Organic carbon content, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and pH...

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crop residue; market value; organic and inorganic nutrients; soil fertility; cropping system; millet; cowpea; soil tillage
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 05:31
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2013 11:45
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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