Impact of Agrofostry Practice on Thesoil Physical, Chemical, and microbial Properties

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Amakiri,M. A.
Korateng,F. A.
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Agroforestry is a land management phenomenon that combines forest trees with crops or domestic animals or both. Its goal is to optimize production per un1t area as well as sustain productivity (Oombe and Budowski,1979) thus alleviating the problem of limited land resources for forestry and agricultural production. The status of soil fertility is largely influenced by cultural practices and soil treatment (Black, 1968). Finak (1973) observed that cultivation significantly reduced file diversity Of microbes and animals in the 'soil and led to a reduction in nutrient transformation and production of soil ~structure stabilizers. The success of an agro forestry system would depend on its ability to sustain forest trees and repeated agricultural cropping. Therefore, baseline information is essential for the establishment of appropriate, cultural practice including type at Crops that would keep soil degradation to a minimum. The objective of this study was to determine the changes in ,the soil physical, chemical, and microbial properties after forest plantations of varying ages were clear-felled and the fields planted to maize.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XLVIII (No 1-4), p. 56-60