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Slope Agriculture Land Technology (SALT) in the Mid-hills of Nepal
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The Argha Khanchi District, located in the mid hill region in Nepal is an area characterized by natural slopes and ridges, prone to landslides and slope instability due to intensive cultivation and cropping without any terrace and bunds. This situation adds to increasingly erratic rainfall patterns, causing landslides and severe soil erosion among others. In this context, there is a need for appropriate agricultural practices, such as the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) that is cost effective and simple option to increase productivity in the area. SALT is a package of technologies for soil conservation, crop cultivation and sustainable food production that includes hedge row contour planting, allay cropping and terrace improvement through formation of bunds and contour planting among others. SALT has many advantages over the conventional terrace farming, as it enables farmers to stabilize and enrich the soil and to grow food crops. Topsoil stores plant nutrients and moisture essential to productive agriculture, therefore it is essential to protect land from soil erosion. The Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) may turn a sloping parcel into a highly productive upland farm, as these technologies stabilize the slope and improve the terrace or the contours in order to control soil erosion along the slopes, improving soil fertility and increasing the availability of fodders during the dry season. The objective of implementing the SALT technology is to stabilize the slope and improve the terrace or the contours in order to control soil erosion along the slopes and improve soil fertility.

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FAO ,   (2013 )
Type / Script:
Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
SLOPE AGRICULTURE LAND TECHNOLOGY, AGRICULTURE, LANDSLIDES, SOIL EROSION, AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES, CROP ROTATION, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, SLOPING LAND, FARMING, RAIN WATER MANAGEMENT, TERRACING, ALLEY CROPPING, CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT, CROP PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
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 FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization
Thesaurus:
04.01.01  -  Agricultural Economics And Policy; Rural Sociology
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