Sokoine University of Agriculture

Assessment of leaf biomass production of selected deciduous indigenous browse shrub in semi-arid ecological zone of Mwanga district, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Fupi, George Ferdinand
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-21T10:57:23Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-21T10:57:23Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1270
dc.description MSc Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract The major problem facing ruminant livestock production in semi-arid ecological zone is lack of adequate feed and of good quality throughout the year. The problem is more critical in the dry season. In semi-arid ecological zone leaf litter of shrubs and bushes are an important feed resource during the dry season. Grewia bicolor is the main deciduous indigenous browse shrub dominating the western lowland areas of Mwanga district. This study aimed at investigating the influence of season and lopping on re-growth potential, leaf biomass production and nutritive value of Grewia bicolor in western semiarid area of Mwanga district. The treatments were: T 1 control (where the G. bicolor plant was not- lopped), T 2 where G. bicolor plants was lopped at the start of short rain season (November), T 3 where G. bicolor plants was lopped at the start of long rain season (March). A complete randomized design was used in this study, where four replications were laid across a general slope and three treatments were applied in each replication. The study revealed that the local feed resources for grazing ruminants in the study area during the dry season were mainly leaf litter of deciduous browse shrubs, leaf litter of annual and perennial grasses, and some edible forbs. The leaf litter of G. bicolor deciduous browse shrub had high CP content ranging from 7 – 9 % while the understory grasses were low in CP (4 – 6 %). Lopping of G. bicolor increased leaf litter production from 94 to 217 kgDM/ha. It can be concluded that G. bicolor can be utilized to increase livestock production while undertaking some lopping techniques to increase leaf litter production and to maintain the balance between its canopy size and desirable understory grass species. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship EPINAV (Enhancing Pro-poor Innovations in Natural Resource and Agriculture Value Chain) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject lopping techniques en_US
dc.subject leaf litter production en_US
dc.subject ruminant livestock production en_US
dc.subject semi-arid ecological zone en_US
dc.subject livestock production en_US
dc.subject leaf biomass production en_US
dc.subject indigenous browse shrub en_US
dc.subject Mwanga en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.subject Grewia bicolor en_US
dc.title Assessment of leaf biomass production of selected deciduous indigenous browse shrub in semi-arid ecological zone of Mwanga district, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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