Incorporating Studies with Finger Millet in Farming Systems of Northern Zambia

Reid , P. (1992) Incorporating Studies with Finger Millet in Farming Systems of Northern Zambia. PhD thesis, The University of East Anglia.

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In response to identification of trends observed in the changing nature of cropping systems with finger millet (the main traditional staple) in plateau areas of northern Zambia, an experimental programme was undertaken. with a view to seeking modifications which might aid the process of their development. The most significant change was the arrival of two cropping systems since the earlier part of the century, possibly more sustainable and with greater human carrying capacities, into an area which had been predominantly given to slash-and-burn agriculture called chitemene. One of the new systems called fundikila, from a neighbouring area, involved composting methods; the other, a permanent field system called ibala, had been encouraged by national maize production policies. Surveys in the sample village found that millet was being grown on all three cropping systems; farmers already manipulated short-term millet production between them. Individual constraints of each system were identified, enabling design of specific experimental programmes, conducted with few exceptions on-farm, over a two year period.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: I would like to acknowledge the assistance rendered to me by the Research Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the Repub- lic of Zambia, and its Director at the time of commencement of this research Dr. B.K.Pate1, in allowing me to conduct the study 01-1 a part- time basis whilst in their employ; likewise to NORAD, the donors ill volved.
Author Affiliation: The University of East Anglia
Subjects: Plant Production
Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Mr Arbind Seth
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2013 08:53
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2013 08:53

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