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The sustainable management of Vertisols.

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This book provides an up-to-date information on Vertisols research, and guides readers to important reference material. Four keynote papers and eight country papers and national perspectives on the management of Vertisols in Malawi, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia are presented. International perspectives on the management of (Vertisols in India, Australia and T...


Chapter 13 (Page no: 189)

Low-cost animal-drawn implements for Vertisol management and strategies for land-use intensification.

This chapter discusses the traditional management of Vertisols and land use types in Ethiopia. The advantages and disadvantages of maresha, an Ethiopian plough pulled by a pair of oxen, is described. The characteristics and evolution of broadbed maker (BBM) are also described. Additional attachments to the BBM for improving tillage efficiency and resource conservation are given. Finally, some land use intensification opportunities are provided.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Vertisols: genesis, properties and soilscape management for sustainable development. Author(s): Deckers, J. Spaargaren, O. Nachtergaele, F.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Soil and water conservation strategies for Vertisols: past experiences and challenges ahead for Africa. Author(s): Hussein, J. Adey, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 43) Sustainable nutrient management of Vertisols. Author(s): Syers, J. K. Nyamudeza, P. Ahenkorah, Y.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 57) New tools for research and development to promote sustainable land management. Author(s): Craswell, E. T. Vries, F. W. T. P. de
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 73) Vertisols management in Malawi. Author(s): Chilimba, A. D. C.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 85) Vertisols management in South Africa. Author(s): Merwe, A. J. van der Villiers, M. C. de B├╝hmann, C. Beukes, D. J. Walters, M. C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 101) Vertisols management in the Sudan. Author(s): Ayoub, A. T.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 113) Vertisols management in Tanzania. Author(s): Rwehumbiza, F. B. R. Hatibu, N. Mahoo, H. F.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 129) Vertisols management in Zambia. Author(s): Mukanda, N. Mapiki, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 139) Vertisols management in Zimbabwe. Author(s): Nyamudeza, P. Hussein, J. Matibiri, B.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 155) Improving the productivity of Vertisols for smallholders on the Accra plains of Ghana. Author(s): Asiedu, E. K. Ahenkorah, Y. Drechsel, P. Oteng, J. W.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 173) From plot to watershed management: experience in farmer participatory Vertisol technology generation and adoption in highland Ethiopia. Author(s): Jabbar, M. A. Tekalign Mamo Saleem, M. A. M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 203) Indian Vertisols: ICRISAT's research impact - past, present and future. Author(s): Myers, R. J. K. Pathak, P.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 221) Planning and facilitating a 'negotiated learning and action system': participatory research to improve soil management practices on Indian Vertisols and Alfisols. Author(s): King, C. A. Singh, H. P. Reddy, G. S. Freebairn, D. M.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 247) Research approaches to developing sustainable management practices on Australian Vertisols. Author(s): Connolly, R. Dalgleish, N. Coughlan, K. Freebairn, D. M. Probert, M. E.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 267) The Vertisols of Texas. Author(s): Potter, K. N. Gerik, T. J.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 283) Research needs and opportunities for farming Vertisols sustainably. Author(s): Syers, J. K. Craswell, E. T. Nyamudeza, P.

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