Measuring soil loss in different land-use systems on an Oxic Paleustalf in Lusitu, Zambia

V.R.N. Chinene, D. Mbewe, D. Lungu


Soil loss was measured using the runoff plot technique in five cropping systems and a bare plot. Considerable variation in soil loss was apparent between different cropping systems. In the bare plot more than 12 t soil ha-1 was lost. In millet and its intercrops soil loss was nearly 50% lower than in the bare plot. Millet produced higher yields when intercropped with bambara groundnuts and cowpeas. Similarly, bambara groundnuts and cowpeas produced higher yields when intercropped with millet.


Soil loss; Land use; Zambia

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