Balanced Farming with Cattle and Coconuts

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1964
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Groom, C. G.
Childs, A. H. B.
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This report contains the preliminary findings of work on cattle and coconuts carried out by the authors since 1959 in the Coastal Belt of the Tanga Region in Tanganyika. This belt is characterized by moderate and well distributed rainfall but on the other hand, soils which are not already carrying plantation crops are inclined to be sandy and lacking in fertility. Plots of coconuts have been established in a number of suitable areas along the coast. A number of factors have, however, led to poor yields of nuts. The most important of these are:- The annual fires which are detrimental to the current crop and future yield potential. The complex nature of land tenure, cropping and grazing rights resulting in the inability of cattle owners to graze their herds in coconut plantations. The rapid rate of bush regeneration in coconut plantations which has proved too great for effective control by sporadic cultivation.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXIX (3), p. 206-207
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