By F. Makken (auth.), A. Uzo Mokwunye (eds.)
Tropical Africa escaped from the glaciers that lined the temperate components of the realm in the course of the Ice Age. The legacy is that the majority of the father or mother fabrics of the soils of tropical Africa are previous, hugely weathered and with out bases and phosphate-bearing minerals. conventional farming structures that have been really solid and sustainable trusted lengthy fallow classes after one to 2 years of cropping to take care of the effective means of the soils. in recent years and particularly in densely populated parts, a substantial type of 'landless' farmers have began to domesticate marginal lands or to invade the 'forest reserves' thereby exacerbating the issues of land and environ psychological degradation. of soil fertility that may facilitate the creation of enough amounts of the main holding a degree staples has develop into an enormous problem to agricultural scientists in tropical Africa. to extend the nutrient providing strength of soils calls for the inputs of fertilizers. those may be natural or inorganic. The potency with which those externally provided inputs can elevate agricultural construction and decrease soil and environmental deterioration relies at the skill of scientists to figure out the fitting forms and amounts of the goods to use to every soil, crop and cropping process in addition to the power of farmers to obtain needful farm deal with ment skills.
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Competent extension workers can hardly be effective without the necessary logistical support in the form of adequate and reliable transport, audio-visual aids and documentation. Coupled with the necessary logistical support in the form of adequate and reliable transport, audio-visuals aids and documentation. Coupled with the necessary logistical support is the need for conducive service conditions that will ensure personal and professional development. A functional extension organization with well trained personnel that are adequately remunerated, and provided with the necessary logistical support and service conditions, should then be able to mount a very effective fertilizer adoption education program using a mix of the following five extension methodologies.
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Alleviating Soil Fertility Constraints to Increased Crop Production in West Africa by F. Makken (auth.), A. Uzo Mokwunye (eds.)