Mound Cultivation

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1950/1951
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Murray Lunan
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An article by Murray Lunan in this number describes the system of mound cultivation which is used by the Ufipa tribe in Tanganyika. The method is a combination of composting in situ and crop rotation, and, although no plant foods are added to the soil from outside the field, wastage of plant residues is avoided and the system is one which deserves more than passing notice. Briefly, the mound cultivation consists of piling cut grass into heaps and laying upturned sods on the top of the grass. This "compost heap" is then planted with beans and allowed to rot for nearly nine months, when the mounds are broken down and spread over the field.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 16, p. 63-64