Agricultural Journal

Year: 2009
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Page No. 46 - 51

Land-use Intensity in the Tree Cropping Homesteads in Kamuli, Eastern Uganda

Authors : Mukadasi Buyinza

Abstract: A farm-level study on the adoption of community forestry was conducted in Kamuli district, Uganda between July and September 2007. Total 223 farmers were surveyed in fourteen villages. The 2 zones have distinct agro ecological characteristics. From each selected villages, lists were developed with respect to all farmers who had been exposed to community forestry and those without such exposure. A random sample of farmers was taken from each of the 2 groups of farmers. The results revealed that the traditional homegardens are a complex farming system with a number of interdependent components. The tree crop component was well developed largely due to the high land/man ratio and the low intensity of cultivation. Smaller holdings are generally more intensively cultivated than the large and very large holdings. About 29% of the former showed low to very low agricultural copping intensity, while about 75% of the large holdings belonged to the low intensity class. Fragmentation of land eventually makes some of the holdings too small and uneconomical and in a situation where non-agricultural opportunities exist, farming ceases to be the main source of income. In spite of their known ecological stability, homegardens are on the decline, mainly due to social and economic pressures. A better understanding of the dynamics of home garden system is essential to formulate ecologically sound, economically appropriate and socially relevant farm forestry programmes.

How to cite this article:

Mukadasi Buyinza , 2009. Land-use Intensity in the Tree Cropping Homesteads in Kamuli, Eastern Uganda. Agricultural Journal, 4: 46-51.

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