Soil management: compost production and use in tropical and subtropical environments | Land Portal

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décembre 1987
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The objective of this Soils Bulletin is to promote the use of locally available organic materials to increase soil organic matter content for improvement of soil fertility, and as a sources of plant nutrients in conjunction with mineral fertilizers. This manual is written for all those concerned with the maintenance and improvement of soil fertility, especially under tropical and subtropical conditions. It contains material for use in farmer training. The severe drought and famine in parts of Africa in 1985 have shown the necessity for adequate soil organic matter to prevent hillside erosion and to retain moisture in the soil for crop growth. The cost of mineral fertilizers and their relative scarcity in some areas has increased the need to recycle waste organic materials as sources of crop nutrients. This Bulletin explains the basic composting process, suitable organic wastes, practical composting methods, use of the product in a variety of situations and a consideration of economic and social benefits. It also deals with approaches to practical extension work with farmers on the subject.

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Dalzell, H.W., Riddlestone, A.J., Gray, K.R., Thurairajan, K.
Land and Water Division
Deputy Directory-General Natural Resources

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