Integrated crop-livestock farming systems

DESERTIFICATION

Intensifying maize production in integrated crop-livestock farming systems in northern Ghana

by JONATHAN ODHONG

Total productivity of the small-scale mixed farming systems in northern Ghana is low due to weak integration of the crop and livestock enterprises.

Farmers tether sheep and goats on fallow land to recycle manure and urine for crops, but data on the effect of sheep and goat stocking density (SSD) on grain yield and soil properties in such systems is limited. The effect of SSD, maize planting density (MPD) and nitrogen (N) fertilizer level on grain yield was evaluated.

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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