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Pedon characteristics and their implications for land management in two villages of Mbinga district,Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Msanya, B. M.
dc.contributor.author Kimaro, D. N.
dc.contributor.author Araki, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-03T13:22:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-03T13:22:11Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1552
dc.description Article en_US
dc.description.abstract A land resources study was carried out in Lupilo and Tukuzi villages in Mbinga District. Two pedons representing the villages were selected for the study to obtain data that are important for land management. Standard soil and land resources survey procedures were employed. The results show that the soils are very deep, well drained, red and dark reddish brown sandy clays to clays and classify as Haplic Acrisol (Isohyperthermic, very deep, kaolinitic, Typic Rhodustuli) at Lupilo and Ferric Acrisol (lsohyperthermic, very deep. kaolinitic, Ustic Haplohumult) at Tukuzi. The structure is generally poor for the two pedons. Bulk density values are low throughout Tukuzipedon. Both pedons have medium available water capacity and generally low soil fertility. The clay mineralogical composition is dominantly kaolinitic with accessory amounts of sesquioxides. These characteristics are associated with poor soil conditions. The study shows that the two pedons represent fragile ecosystems that require careful management. Due to poor chemical, mineralogical and physical characteristics, the study recommends areas offurther research. The commonly used tie-ridge (Ngolo) cultivation system should be studied further to find out its contribution to soil fertility, The use of rock phosphate as a P-fertilizer and as a possible liming material should be further investigated. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Japan International Cooperation Agency en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Sciences en_US
dc.subject Pedon characteristics en_US
dc.subject Ngoro en_US
dc.subject Mbinga en_US
dc.title Pedon characteristics and their implications for land management in two villages of Mbinga district,Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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