The Peasant Use of Fertilizers In Northern Nigeria

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1950
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Greenwood, M.
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In asking for a share in the limited world supplies of fertilizers we in Northern Nigeria are uneasily conscious that our claims may secure earlier recognition than those of territories whose needs are perhaps more acute. We are in the first place fortunate that our main agricultural export crop, groundnuts, has a well-assured market, and that it has been recognized, however belatedly, that unless we are to jeopardize the land reserves needed for a rapidly expanding population, an annual export of 300,000 tons of shelled nuts, containing 3,000 tons of phosphoric anhydride, cannot be maintained without the return' to the land of an equivalent amount of phosphatic fertilizer (17,000 tons of single superphosphate). We are doubly fortunate in being able to show that, thanks in part to a good system of rail and road transport and in part to a ready response by northern soils to very small applications of one of the cheapest phosphatic manures, the use of single superphosphate by the peasant farmer would, over the area readily accessible by motor transport, prove highly economic, both for staple foodstuffs and for export crops.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 16 (1), p. 34-39