• ALLEY CROPPING
    AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

    ALLEY CROPPING

    This is a system which involves the growing of food crops in spaces between hedge-rows of trees or shrubs, which must undergo regular pruning every five or six weeks. The species of plants that can be used for alley cropping include: nitrogen fixing Gliricidia and Leucaena. The spacing of these plants is put at 4 metres between rows, to allow enough space for the growing of food crops. The soil nutrients are recycled through the decomposition of the organic residue.   Advantages of alley cropping The pruned leaves help in the feeding of ruminants in the dry season as fodder. The branches or stems are cut and used as yam…

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