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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Featured Issue: African Crop Science Vol.21 Special Issue No.3

African Crop Science Journal was recently updated on Bioline. Vol.21 special issue 3 includes "Tree and Shrub Species Integration in the Crop-Livestock Farming System" by Sisay and Mekonnen. This article aims to look at the difficulties of integrating trees and shrubs in a watershed in central Ethiopia. The study found that some of the key constraints to integration included soil cracking, lack of seedling of desired species of trees and shrubs, and water-logging. The study recommends that more information be made available on tree and shrub integration so that farmers can be given training on tree planting, management and utilisation practices.

This issue also includes "Participatory identification of farmer acceptable improved rice varieties for rain-fed lowland ecologies in Uganda" by Nanfumba et al. This article studies improved rice varieties, in the Kyoga plains in eastern Uganda. The objective was to determine the preferences of farmers of different varieties of rice. According to the study, improved varieties and production techniques instead of expansion of production could be a viable option to explore. The study evaluates six varieties of rice growin in the Kyoga plain in eastern Uganda. The results indicated that farmers preferred varieties of rice with higher levels of grain yield and short maturity time among other factors.

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