Crop production: Soil health – tending to erosion on the farm

The creation of soil takes millions of years and to create only 1 cm of fertile topsoil takes 100 to 400 years. Erosion due to the forces of wind and water can wipe that soil away within the wink of an eye. Good farming practices applied by farmers can reduce…

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How to test soil life and health

Soil testing has rapidly advanced and now, instead of offering only chemical data as part of scripts, tests are increasingly being conducted in both laboratories and on farms at reasonable cost. Old underwear and tea bags are two of the instruments American farmers are using to affordably measure biological life…

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FAO pilots tree planting programme to mitigate Zambia’s rapid deforestation

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is piloting a programme to integrate forestry into farming in a bid to halt deteriorating soil fertility arising from rapid deforestation in Zambia. The programme, targeting more than 24 000 farmers in Southern and North Western provinces, is being implemented in conjunction with a…

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