International Sugar Journal

Projects and strategies to introduce a synergetic controlled-traffic farming system to Zimbabwe* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Pilot projects to introduce a new controlled-traffic farming system (CTFS) to the Zimbabwean Sugarcane Industry were initiated in 2011. The CTFS is founded on a synthesis of scientific principles and research reported in the worldwide literature. The development and practical implementation of the CTFS for both overhead- and surface-irrigated sugarcane in Zimbabwe is described and discussed. The CTFS was designed to address many of the challenges faced by the sugarcane industry, including: compaction, stool damage and a general reduction in the productive capacity of soils, pest and disease control, declining crop yields and profitability, water and energy supply constraints,…

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