Comparative Values of Fodder Plants In Tanganyika

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H. J. van Rensburg
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Data embodied in this article were obtained from tests and observations carried out at Mpwapwa in Central Tanganyika and elsewhere in the territory. The altitude at Mpwapwa is 3,500 ft. above sea level and the average annual rainfall about 26 in. Most of the rain falls between December and April while the rest of the year is generally dry. The soil along the fan slopes consists of red sandy loam while along valley bottoms it is generally darker in colour and heavier in texture. The natural vegetation consists of deciduous thicket, which apparently IS the climax formation and is com· posed of many genera and numerous species. It includes genera such as Acacia, Cassia, Grewia, Commiphora, Lannea and many others. The bush thicket prevents grass growth due to competition for light and moisture, but grass grows in open glades and readil} spreads to cultivated fields newly cleared from bush.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 22, p. 14-18