Nutrient management strategies of small-holder farmers in a short-fallow farming system in north-east Nigeria

Harris, Frances (1999) Nutrient management strategies of small-holder farmers in a short-fallow farming system in north-east Nigeria. Geographical Journal, 165(3), pp. 275-285. ISSN (print) 0016-7398

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study into farmers' management of nutrient dynamics in a short-fallow farming system in northern Nigeria. The research described and quantified the main nutrient flows into and out of the farming system, and determined the nutrient balance of farmers' landholdings. A model of nutrient cycling within the farming system was developed, which showed that there is a transfer of nutrients from rangeland and fallow fields to cropped fields through grazing livestock and the application of livestock manure to fields. Farmers' strategies to improve soil fertility on their landholdings through increased use of animal manure or village refuse depend on their ownership of livestock, to provide the manure, and animal traction to transport manure from their household or common access village refuse heaps to the fields. The effect of rising population density on the nutrient cycle is discussed in relation to the various groups within the communities. It is concluded that as population rises, a more integrated farming system may develop, which would improve nutrient cycling, but limit cattle rearing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural Practices, Cultivated Lands, Farms, Livestock, Manure, Nutrients
Research Area: Agriculture, veterinary and food science
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Geography, Geology and Environment > Centre for Earth and Environmental Science Research (CEESR)
Depositing User: Frances Harris
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2009 10:33
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/3897

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