New publications 2
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CTA. 1998. New publications 2. Spore 76. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/48166
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Agrodok series, Water harvesting and soil moisture retention Co-publication Agromisa/CTA, 1997. ISBN 90 72746 75 9, CTA number 840, 5 credit points. Agrodok series
Newly available in the Agrodok series, Water harvesting and soil moisture retention describes simple ways to collect and use surface runoff water, and to encourage infiltration and storage of rainwater. This practical booklet is mainly intended for extension workers who work with farmers faced with water shortages, eroded soils and low yields in (semi)-arid areas. The first part reviews the basic principles of water harvesting, designing and selection of water harvesting techniques, and provides details on contour systems (e.g. bunds and ridges) and freestanding systems (such as planting pits and micro-catchments). The second part deals with methods to improve water infiltration and storage, including contour ploughing, mulching and cover crops. It also describes how to reduce evaporation and optimise the use of soil moisture. Appendices include a list of technical terms and methods for measuring height differences. Co-publication Agromisa/CTA, 1997. ISBN 90 72746 75 9, CTA number 840, 5 credit points.