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Land degradation and smallholder farmers’ response: A case of villages in the southern parts of Ludewa District, Iringa Region

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dc.contributor.author Haule, C. B. M.
dc.contributor.author Mlozi, M. R. S.
dc.contributor.author Mulengera, M. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-03T13:15:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-03T13:15:17Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.issn 0856 668X
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1972
dc.description Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Sciences 2013, Vol 12(1) : 11-21 en_US
dc.description.abstract A cross sectional study was conducted to investigate response of smallholder farmers to land degradation in the southern parts of Ludewa District. The study involved 240 respondents randomly selected from stratified population based on gender and type of village. Besides, focus group discussions were made to gauge farmers’ opinions based on age and gender for sixteen groups, and key informants provided trends of land use. The smallholder farmers’ perceptions on the status of soil fertility varied from one village type to another, where over 70 % of the respondents in the villages that experienced out-migration acknowledged the decline in soil fertility in their farms compared to less than half (44 %) in those villages that experienced in-migration. Over 50 % of the respondents in all villages attributed the decline of soil fertility to continuous cultivation where less than 30 % of the respondents left their farm fallow for two to five years. To overcome the impact of loss in soil fertility, over 50 % of farmers adopted improved cultivars of cassava, and 12 % adopted new maize cultivars. Over 90 % of new cassava crop cultivars were supplied by farmers. However, only 4.2 % irrigated their rice farms, 28.3 % used animal manure and 8.8 % applied pesticides in their farms. Based on the findings, it can be concluded that few farmers are accessed by extension services and efforts to restore soil fertility are negligible. The study recommends extension services to enhance its support to smallholder farmers’ initiatives in maintenance of crop cultivars and ensure proper land uses. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Adoption of new crop cultivars en_US
dc.subject Improved production practices en_US
dc.subject Land degradation en_US
dc.subject Southern parts of Ludewa District en_US
dc.title Land degradation and smallholder farmers’ response: A case of villages in the southern parts of Ludewa District, Iringa Region en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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