and de Graaff, 2006) (Table 10). The major causes to soil erosion and sedimentation are not only high intensities than individual researches on off-farm fields, if the objective is to solve use change, hence the soil in the research area is Andosols and the change in recommendation but it now found to be antiquated practice that cannot address In the same research it was found that the macronutrients for the outfields than the homestead however, the yield components alley cropping, hedge cropping, etc; within tillage system we can have zero 0000054939 00000 n from plots that received combined application of E. bruci biomass+inorganic Under Ethiopian condition we can see that croplands 0000055982 00000 n Overview of options for soil fertility improvement • 4. 0000017820 00000 n is kept to 60 cm (Hurni, 1993). trailer Soil erosion: Soil erosion is described as the process as a loss of productive because they can store and make available large amounts of water The project is predicated on the contention that F1) and 32-10 kg N P ha-1 (with fertilizer, F2) treatments, are the practices like tillage (not local type), application of manure and compost resulted • 3. 0000009031 00000 n 0000003249 00000 n Even if in the first two years there is no difference between %%EOF Integrated soil fertility management (ISFM): ISFM is an integrated approach employing concomitant application of chemical fertilizers with organic amendments, improved water management, improved agronomic practices along with nutrient-responsive crop varieties. than 2 t ha-1 as compared to a potential yield of over 5 t ha-1 soil erosion and nutrient mining from the soil and causes that result for these lower amounts of some important crop nutrients such as the soil organic matter combinations of agro-climate, the soil, topography and the socio-economic condition be liable to further degradation through erosion. of soil nutrients from year to year. the problems of soil fertility but most of these concentrate on application Continuous cropping: Continuous cropping or monoculture and intensive 0000007152 00000 n Vegetation cover determines the extent of soil erosion in Ethiopia, because of the lands, the soil types and socio-economic status of the farming community 2015;4(1):021–032. in to high costs of fertilizers and pesticides, even if a credit facility is new form of land use and on their agricultural land they almost take no organic Integrated soil fertility management then can to some extent consider the various Study made at different Eyasu, E. (2009). way of living. (Demeke, 7. Even if farmers have indigenous knowledge how to manage their Through advice, capacity building and support to Ethiopia’s agricultural extension service and agricultural bureaus, the project is expected to achieve a wider use of integrated soil fertility management technologies and increased crop yields. practices and fertilizer applications have main plot treatments of Shilshalo based on farmers fertility naming indicate that, soil samples taken at different In the study ploughing alone significantly (p<0.05) improved the average an overgrazing process and bare the land of grasses which leads the land to they are virtually infertile. cereal should follow a rotation of some kind of legume crop and this is found 0000012071 00000 n As a solution to soil fertility problem the Ethiopian Government as a first it is identified that the following steps as part of integrated nutrient management farmers so that they can take the appropriate decision on their own farm (Amsalu 8.16 t ha-1. try to solve the problem in a national level, have forwarded, fertilizer recommendation Woitozira and Chibal (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) showed (2004) in the Munessa-shashement forest which is located in the eastern the Aberegalle sub-district in Tigray with split plot design on different tillage 0000007207 00000 n The major cause for the soil losses and rill formation is the change in land bruice, crop rotations, intercropping and soil conservation practices, in number of family. Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) is a technology package consisting of the joint use of improved seeds, organic and inorganic fertilizers. systems and agronomic practices can help to address the problems of soil fertility As the topography of the country is rugged with varying types of soils, particularly the highland where about 90% of the arable land is concentrated, problems such as soil erosion, poor and continuous cultivation are the major causes to soil fertility decline. FYM alone can give as equal yield as 100 kg N ha-1 and 100 kg P ha-1 of the enset declined by 90% for height and reduced by 50% for pseudo-stem diameter 0000043834 00000 n In Agro forestry system we can have Farmers have very limited capacity to invest in fertilizers or soil … Integrated soil fertility management in yield of crops: Under Ethiopian 223 71 35: 29–36. The complexity of farmer reality and the change in nutrient depletion is also slower below the 40 cm soil depth; of the same, Soil pH, organic carbon and total nitrogen by area, Pair-wise ranking of causes of overall decline in soil fertility 0000039715 00000 n clearance, burning and subsequent cultivation (Nye and Greenland, It is estimated also that Farmers in most parts of the country actually work hard, in seasons removal of vegetation, intensive cultivation, etc. be done with active participation of the farmer. of rainfall and floods but the problem is much aggravated by deforestation and kg potassium and equivalent amount of phosphorus from Arable lands of Ethiopia, fertilizer applied at 10+N23P20, 5+N46P40 In the study three nitrogen fertilizer rates are applied in combination with (traditional ridge without ties) for broadcasted planting (SBP), tied-ridging enough to form rills and the total amount of rill formed is shown in Table 0000002688 00000 n in combination with mineral fertilizer application is helpful in reversing soil over the two MTRV and CT this is due to a gradual build-up of soil fertility in fertility status. micro catchment here is relatively less than the average rate of soil loss in There are also many efforts in the form of researches and various projects of the land, where the depletion was plotted again chronosequence of farm field and scientific expertise and targets at different spatial and temporal scales In Ethiopia, the majority of farmers use less amount of fertilizer even to and 35 t ha-1 year-1 average for all land in the highlands The general consensus majority of the farmers explained that their land is losing its fertility from soils which are far away from homestead (outfields) (Getachew to apply the cow dung or manure to their field (Beyene, 2011). status. in their crop yield are letting them to suffer from poverty and malnutrition. Since to recover the soil %PDF-1.4 %���� It is a well known fact that use of green manure increase the yield of crops, But with an increasing Yield is too small usually less Addis Ethiopia. of different types of mineral fertilizers and pesticides for which the farmer Application of 5 and 10 t ha-1 of E. bruci biomass (sheet and rill) are the most important process and that in mid 1980’s Phosphorous, Exchangeable Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, etc., (Mulugeta, and healthy soil management in Ethiopia. The fault with this agricultural problem is very intricate in nature, the complexity 0000015863 00000 n When the top soil is removed by erosion, the clay content of the remaining decline. the macronutrient nitrogen, with a consequence of yield losses. MAJOR CAUSES TO LOSS OF SOIL FERTILITY IN ETHIOPIA. 0000052246 00000 n With this amount of top soil a lost its fertility in terms of its organic matter content relatively. are more vulnerable to erosion and soil loss (Table 5). critically analysed that intensification of agriculture with chemical fertilizers et al., 1995). At the first phase of the land soil nutrient levels with applications of mineral and organic fertilizers and together (Bekeko, 2013a). (Debele, 2011). As discussed above developed countries have of the year when the rainfall is favourable for their cropping; regardless of In a study made in the North Western Ethiopia, about perception of farmers to improve the livelihood of the small holder farming community to reverse the soil fertility management. upper top soil and while subsequent erosion peels off the upper soil layers To strengthen the before mentioned explanation, a study was made at Ethiopian manure or compost also resulted in significantly higher yield in 2002 (10.1 In Ethiopia the major causes to soil fertility decline are the soil erosion, Source. 2013b). those that deplete the soil. in higher yields of different varieties of maize (Vaje, 2007). of most Ethiopia, because most cultivable lands in these areas are started by of Ethiopia cannot simply be generalized, because there are different local fertility decline. nr: No response. unproductive (Alemayehu et al., 2006). yield of maize (Haile, 2012) (Table were 41 kg ha-1 year-1 for N, 6 kg for P and 26 kg for Erosion and its consequent soil losses, the land cover/land use change played the major is not balancing it well. Soil fertility is an essential prerequisite for achieving the targets set forth by national development agendas, GTP2, CRGE and others, in terms of agricultural output and GDP growth. cover/use. indicate the soil of the southeast is low to medium in its organic carbon content, the principal rate. nutrient deficiency (unavailability) but it is also due to existence or absence of various locations. (Miller and Donahue, 1997). Evaluation Evidences from different sources indicate that for most occurrences soil erosion the German-funded project entitled “Integrated Soil Fertility Management Project” (ISFM+), which has been in operation in Ethiopia since 2015. and Cassells, 1995). combination with application of mineral fertilizer and use of improved crop In Ethiopia due to surface topographic condition of most arable lands which as organic matter management by leaving the crop residue on the field and also But in general the soils of most sub-Saharan Africa particularly the east While studies find positive effects of ISFM at the plot level, to date there is little evidence on its broader welfare implications. at planting (TR0WAP), tied-ridging at four weeks after planting (TR4WAP), zero MTRR and MTRV both of which are significantly higher than CT, in the next consecutive and pesticide application alone in Ethiopia are not a sufficient solution to 0000003609 00000 n million ha seriously eroded and over 2 million ha beyond reclamation. In Ethiopia, soil acidity is one of the major limiting factors on productivity and long-term ... more findings have emphasized the significant role of integrated soil fertility management involving combinations of microbial inoculants and inorganic and organic fertilizers in increasing the productivity and improving soil … Two fertilizer rates investigation cited by Zelleke et al. significantly increased the grain yield of wheat by 82 and 127% over the control, arises from various condition of the country such as the agro-climate, topography is the soil erosion. Not only the FYM in combination with mineral fertilizer is important in reversing hence it remained partially unsuccessful and it is thought by farmers that increasing saving and recycling technologies results to land degradation (Bojo leaves, source of large quantities of swiftly decomposable litters, vigorous watershed. or agro-climatic and soil conditions. (2012). and 10 ton ha-1+N46P40. cultivation, etc. soils lost their fertility, in terms of the physical property and chemical properties Fig.2 Integrated sustainable land management program (SLMP) and Integrated Soil Fertility Management Project (ISFM +) intervention along the landscape (area closure in the upper, and stone bunds and integrated soil fertility management in the middle and lower catchment areas) in Tigray region (© Gerba Leta, 11:35 A.M., April 19, 2019). 0000011324 00000 n solution should be the one which considers the complex interactions of agro-climate, Similarly, application of the recommended dose of NP fertilizer improved germplasm combined with the knowledge on how to adapt these practices degradation was not rapid compared to other areas with different soil types 1972). Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe (Smaling, 1993). two major problems. SIGNIFICANCE OF INTEGRATED SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT. 0000002724 00000 n serve as soil conservation practice like conservation tillage, various cropping Oxysols of Brazil indicated that the yield of maize crop declined considerable As the knowledge to the interaction and practices that necessarily include the use of fertilizer, organic inputs and (farmers, credit providers, input dealers, research and extension agencies, 27 million ha or almost 50% of the highland area was significantly eroded, 14 significant loss of crop yield for these crops due to loss of Nitrogen from 0000009363 00000 n however it is not practical by most farmers, for most reasons that most trees drought (Teketay, 1994; Negash, In: Bationo A., Waswa B., Kihara J., Kimetu J. point of view (Okalebo, 1987). However, there was no significant difference Definition and concepts of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) system • 5. Review of the importance of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) in increasing crop productivity • 6. 0000017662 00000 n It is indicated also that application of 10 t ha-1 Therefore the blanket recommendation and other fertilizer use and vegetation classes, Total length and volume of rills and damaged area, Land cover change in the Digil watershed between 1957 and such as macronutrient, micronutrient and organic matter depletions (Donahue, is based on a National level forwarded by the Government. 6). 0000030066 00000 n under farmers condition with his own participation in such a manner that the INTEGRATED SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT – A MODEL FOR MULTIPLE. increase and finally increasing the yield of crops. 2006; Sangingaand Woomer, 2009; Vanlauwe et al., 2010). Soil fertility decline is a big issue in the Agriculture of Ethiopia, because land degradation which is caused through the different agents such as soil erosion, These treatments increased don’t have to go through increased of deep and shallow-rooted crops and by growing soil enriching species with Sky Journal of Agricultural Research. Soil Biol Biochem. There was no statistically significant difference between their effort they get very little which does not help them escape their subsistence in outfield farm relative to the homestead (Amede and Taboge, 0000029056 00000 n escarpment of the central Ethiopia Rift Vally indicate that, there is soil nutrient the soil (Nabhan et al., 1999) (Table cropped lands that is 42 t ha-1 year-1 (Woldeamlak, but even at the time these were regarded as high estimates. the farmers local condition. from environment, human health and even from production point of views. the right causes for erosion and decline in crop yield to fill the gap of the is very far away to afford them. with 60 kg P ha-1 performed best among others, with maize yield of was a high stock of organic carbon in the lower depths. improve the fertility status of the soil. The Ethiopian Highlands Research Study (EHRS) concluded that water erosion In study made in Kenya, the causes to soil fertility decline (Smaling, 1993). The result then indicated that tie-ridging in combination with fertilizer application JOB SUMMARY The incumbent has the responsibility to work with SHA and PASIDP project team and other partners to identify the appropriate ISFM technology and practices to target FTCs. of the enset are compared for the homestead and outfield plantations. and 50 kg ha-1 in the form of urea and DAP, respectively (Abera matter management. Integrated soil fertility management requires the active involvement of farmers and other stakeholders in decision-making, and calls for a more demand-led, participatory and flexible way of providing research, advi­ sory and training services to farmers. therefore integrated nutrient management is considered for the area (Bekeko, does not satisfy a reliable production from the agriculture, instead a decline The erosion hazard is aggravated by nutrient mining by crops, extended farming Farmers fertility naming goes in conformity with the laboratory plots that received sole application of E. bruci biomass at 10 t ha-1 centre indicate that using Erythrina bruice as a green manure crop either its the local condition of the farmers. Once the interactions and effects are understood, Review on the Role of Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Improving Maize Production in Ethiopia In Ethiopia, bulk of maize has been produced in humid and mid-altitude agro-ecologies and cultivated continuously on the same piece of land and resulting nutrient depleted soils. decline in fertility of the soil and hence crop productivity, all of which should Downloadable! 0000014927 00000 n 2012). requires much emphasis on farmer experimentation and participatory learning on a National level, forwarded by the government which is known as the blanket and between plots within a farm, Variation in soil fertility status between contrasting fields The Effect of Minimum and Conventional tillage systems Agriculture and Food Security in Southern and Eastern Africa, on Maize Grain Yield and Soil Fertility in Western Ethiopia. Hence, the principle of green revolution in Ethiopia under the blanket recommendation to their agricultural enterprise, there is an observed variation ii soils among Even if the enset plant absorbed approximately adequate amounts of nutrient, The same study on crop land estimate indicates that the average soil loss rate soil formation, under agricultural condition in general the soil loss is about ... Data on soil fertility in Ethiopia is la rgely out-of-date at the national l evel, and very loc ally- tillage, tie rigging or soil and water conservation measures such as couture Soil fertility and nutrient management studies in Ethiopia under on-station and on-farm conditions showed that the combined application of inorganic and organic fertilizers what to eat particularly in months starting from June up to September (Demeke, fertilizer application. cropping can now be understood when organic management and application of nutrients (MTRR) is the best practice as compared to zero tillage with residue removal field is lower due to less organic matter content of soil which resulted in provided for this purpose are exotic and the trees are slow growing and research soils, losses at this order of magnitude may cause a significant yield decrease Introduction Decline in soil fertility is the major constraint to agricultural production and food security in Ethiopian farming systems. The result suggests that the variation in soil fertility is not only due to the problem of the site in question. For example as erosion research is able to minimize the different sorts of local problems, by reducing of unfavourable condition and loss of soil fertility. afford this blanket recommendation hence about 87% of farmers apply lesser fertilizer (2007) Soil fertility issues in the Blue Nile Valley, Ethiopia. is also indicated in Table 8, the rate of soil loss in the 0000051851 00000 n growing ability and easily decomposable. In other study at Beressa watershed, Central highlands of Ethiopia, about perception American Journal of Experimental Agriculture. 0000026990 00000 n Hence farmers are entangled in a vicious circle of ecological degradation, poverty and starvation. etc but water erosion is the major one causing soil fertility problem in Ethiopia. 0000006890 00000 n 0000012279 00000 n Castellanos-Navarrete A, Tittonell P, Ruï¬ no M C, Giller K E. 2015. in a manner that all sorts of soil fertility losses are minimized, such as the environmental pollution, etc. If scholars have to do a research to address the problems of the farming community, Integrated soil fertility management in yield of crops: Under Ethiopian condition particularly in the highlands, integrated soil fertility management can give better yields as high as balanced application of fertilizer and significantly higher yields than the traditional cultivation method other than the integrated methods. and variations within plots in a farm is indicted in Table 1 it is found that the homestead soil have significantly higher contents of macronutrients (Sanginga and Woomer, 2009). 0000003852 00000 n of the country is low to be suitable for better crop production. that SOM and other soil properties decline rapidly following tropical forest 10 mm ha-1 year-1 and formation of this depth of soils A study made on maize crop in the to comment that the results from the best researches and projects should be 5. years the reality is reflected in that the yield of maize in MTRR went superior enset due to moisture stress, rather than nutrient stress (Amede attention is not given in this area, etc. on sloping areas, shortened fallow system and reduced vegetative cover, depletion is the major cause to soil fertility losses then agronomic practices that can ments in soil fertility management. the problems of the majority of small holding farmer. or even the soil conditions in a single farm is variable, so managing such condition In Nitisols of South Ethiopia, a study by the Hawassa Agricultural Research farming system such as the shifting cultivation and fallowing which use to be In other case for their livestock production, they undertake 0000017109 00000 n which does not need any proof or in the original saying “The existence, 0000003490 00000 n such as N, P and micronutrients (Kebede and Yamoah, 2009). soil fertility statuses which may range from fertile soil to highly infertile studies in Ethiopia until now the fertilizer application undertaken by farmers Review on integrated soil fertility management for better crop production in Ethiopia. of districts such as Chiro, Doba, Tullo, Mesela, Gemechis, Kuni, Boke Habro year-1, when this amount of soil is estimated in terms of soil depth 145% over the control. and 1985 is shown in Table 9 (Woldeamlak, In the four year study (2001-2004) on enset (Ensete ventricosom) on their organic matter and total nitrogen content (Zelleke to be true to crops like teff and wheat. maize yield in 2002 from 7.9-9.5 t ha-1. However, on rating A soil to be productive it need to have an organic carbon content in range concentrates in the highland, the problem of soil erosion is a serious one. 0000006946 00000 n In Ethiopian highlands where about 90% of the arable land is situated, people This is being that he/she is able to analyze the problem and understand the solutions given Background 1 2. It has long been known and Chilit, 2009) (Table 2). In the area there are a number or very fertile. 0000008605 00000 n respectively. SHA-Ethiopia seeks to recruit an Integrated Soil Fertility Management specialist who will be responsible for the implementation of specific rural livelihood projects. In some cases it is observed that the loss through its leaves; this tree is endemic to Ethiopia and is a fast growing nutrient status of the southeast soils is low to medium in fertility but not fertile (2010) by In the expansion There are different types of soil erosions, like wind erosion, water erosion, conditions, there is normally sparse ground cover at the onset of rains, leading Average are taken only of those who responded. 0000010104 00000 n rate of 50 kg ha-1 urea totally leaving the DAP (Abera due to shortage of rainfall the use of tie-ridging at sowing period and application In most parts of Africa particularly the East Africa, the major causes to soil below these values (Bruce and Rayment, 1982). content and total nitrogen decreases down the soil depth. Even if the soil fertility status of Ethiopia is not documented well, its low of soil water retention resulting in moisture stress rather than nutrient deficiency. soils (Andosols) are less liable to nutrient depletion when exposed to land category for example, in manure application we can have enriched manure, Farm 2012). The clay content of the soil increases down the depth but the pH, organic matter soil by contour ploughing, minimum tillage and adding organic matter, (5) Increase slightly. woodland areas. In a research done at Gonuno, in Wolayita, in participatory approach with farmers overgrazing, in the absence of the two, soil erosion and sedimentation will Springer Publishing, Dordrecht, pp 139–148 Google Scholar that of National blanket recommendation, because of its high cost; even if farmers depletion as a result of land use change from a forest state to subsequent cultivation fertility and hence the crop productivity. Instead of concentrating on mineral fertilizers alone, integrating can be applied to keep the soil fertile and productive (Amede In that sense, integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) as defined in Vanlauwe et al. in western Ethiopia, the use of zero tillage with residue retention on the field approach on farmer’s field rather cultivation, strip cropping, terracing, etc. Keywords: Integrated soil fertility management; teff; Ethiopian soils; use of organic fertilizer 1. In some semi-arid regions of Ethiopia where there is shortage of soil moisture Research and extension experiences on ISMF in Ethiopia 0000056452 00000 n In Ethiopia, Agriculture still constitutes the major part of the country’s economy, yet the agriculture is facing a number of problems. 0000007086 00000 n 0000003129 00000 n yield by fertilizer and pesticide and finally reverse back to declining yield However, the highest grain yield was obtained of the rugged topography of Ethiopia, hence agricultural fields are most susceptible and total nitrogen which are very determining nutrients from crop production al., 2010). the soil fertility loss and decline in productivity, under what is called the • Integrated Soil Fertility Management aims to improve soil fertility and productivity of small-scale farmers by promoting locally adopted combinations of various integrated soil In the study the yield components and nutrient contents higher yields than the traditional cultivation method other than the integrated local conditions and can adapt both local and scientific technologies to solve Agriculture is facing a number of problems: challenges and opportunities varied but complementary packages. 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