ISSN: 0041-3216

ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 63 Number 3
Research Papers
The use of termite mounds in Zimbabwe peasant agriculture
K.W. Nyamapfene
Research on the nature and use of termite mounds in various parts of the World, especially Africa and more particularly in Zimbabwe, is outlined. Some of the land use patterns associated with termite mounds in Zimbabwe are described and the scientific rationale for such use is given, along with a summary of some of the important properties of termite mounds. Brief reference is made to on-going research in Zimbabwe to establish the possible influence of micronutrients on the growth of plants on termite mounds. Their use in Zimbabwe suggests that they could be very useful as a nutrient supplement in sandy soils.
Keywords: Termite mounds; Peasant agriculture; Zimbabwe