Intensive Domestic Use of Rangeland

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Thornton,D. D.
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The newly independent countries of Africa are naturally aspiring to a higher standard of living. The means for achieving improved living conditions and greater material possestions usually comes through increasing the gross agricuLtural produot. A growing quantity of export oommodities is needed to earn foreign exchange for imported manufactured items. At the same ,time increasing popUlations need more food and more living space. Increasing pressure on land is obviously indica1ed and the necessity for wise and far-sighted land-use planning is equally obvious. Uganda has a total area of 91,125 square miles. The national boundary includes 16,386 square miles of open water and permanent swamps which leaves a dry-land area of 74,739 square miles. Reserved forest land accounts for a further 6,176 square miles (over seven per cent of ,the land area), although much of this lies at extreme altitude and does not have an obvious alternative use. The Commissioner of Agriculture (1963) states that the ultimately available land (for agriculture) is 68,563 square miles
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXXIII, p. 148-158