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East Africa's grasses and fodders : Their ecology and husbandry - G. Boonman

East Africa's grasses and fodders

Their ecology and husbandry

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1993
ISBN: 9780792318675
Number Of Pages: 350

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This book is based on more than 1000 references to English and French articles produced in the region over many decades. A comprehensive review of the achievements in farming and research in both wet and dryland is given, related to the grasslands of: Eastern Africa, extending from Malawi to Eritrea, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and eastern Zaire. Sown grasses, within the time-proven system of mixed-farming based on crop-grass rotations. Fodders, e.g. Elephant grass, dryland-Sorghum, lucerne, Leucaena, tropical legumes and hay.œ/LISTœ The main objectives of the book are to illustrate the value of East African grasses and fodders for: Livestock: East Africa is the gene-centre of the world's most famous cultivated tropical grasses capable of achieving high animal performance, also without fertilizer. Soil fertility maintenance: local farmers pioneered the practice of grass fallows with Elephant grass to restore soil fertility. This was later extended to sown grasses to accelerate the restoration process. Crop yields are doubled following pasture. Environmental protection: priority in natural grassland is to prevent deterioration. In crop-pasture rotations grasses are effective in trapping rainfall and in reducing erosion by improved soil structure. Topics discussed include animal manure versus fertilizer; zero versus direct grazing; fodder crops (annual and perennial) versus grass conservation; seed production and plant breeding. The main species in cultivation are described in detail.

Series Editor's Preface
List of Herbage Species
Introduction
History of Grassland Development (1900-1970)
The Grassland Environment
Husbandry of Natural Grassland
From Shifting Cultivation to Crop-Grass Rotations
Species of Cultivated Grasses
The Establishment and Husbandry of Sown Grasses
Grass Seed Production in Kenya
Grass Breeding at Kitale
Legumes for Sown Pastures
Elephant Grass: General Characteristics
Elephant Grass Husbandry
Elephant Grass Utilization
Alternative Fodder Grasses
Grass Sorghum
Fodder Oats
Lucerne
Other (Non-Graminaceous) Fodder Crops
Hay and Silage
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780792318675
ISBN-10: 0792318676
Series: Tasks for Vegetation Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 28th February 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 2.04