Management of manure in farming systems in semi-arid West Africa

Harris, F. (2002) Management of manure in farming systems in semi-arid West Africa. Experimental Agriculture, 38(2), pp. 131-148. ISSN (print) 0014-4797

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Abstract

Manure is a key input to smallholder farming systems, especially in the semi-arid environment of West Africa where cost and availability limit the use of inorganic fertilizers. This paper considers manure management by farmers in an intensive integrated farming system in the Nigerian savanna. The paper reports farmers' indigenous knowledge concerning manure production, quality and application, chemical analysis of manure nutrient content and application rates of manure. The potential manure supply of the livestock population of the Kano close-settled zone is calculated and compared with application rates. Recommendations are made concerning methods for improving manure quality through changes in management practices.

Item Type: Article
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: 17 Nov 2008 17:24
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/3900

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