FARMING SYSTEMS1. Outline the factors responsible for the choice of farming systems
2. Explain the various farming systems.
3. Give the advantages and disadvantages of each farming system.
Factors Responsible for the Choice of Farming SystemFarming systems refer to the ways, methods or approaches adopted by various farmers in their farming operations. The system adopted by any farmer will depend on several factors. These include:
1. Availability of Farmland The amount of land available for farming affects the system that is practiced by farmers. For instance, where there is abundant farmland due to low farming population, the farmers could practice shifting cultivation or bush fallowing. Land for farming is usually limited by population increase and urbanization.
2. Economic Factor The amount of capital available to a farmer could influence the farming system he adopts. A farmer with sufficient capital, for instance, may choose to practise mixed farming because this requires more capital than other systems.
3. Cultural Factor
This has to do with the prevailing cultural practice in a given community. If the practice of the people is shifting cultivation. then it is very likely that every farmer will adopt the system.
4. Geographical Factor The nature of an area in terms of vegetation rainfall, and landscape (topography), also affects the farming system. This is why pastoral farming is practised mainly in the northern part of Nigeria due to its abundant grass vegetation, relatively flit liindscapc and less rainfall.
5. Nature of Soil This affects land use for crop production. Where the soil is not jlfthlc for crops,.pastoral farming may be practised.
Types of Farming System
Shifting Cultivation/Bush Fallowing
This is the practice of farming on a piece of land for some years then abandoning it for another piece of land. It is mainly under subsistence agriculture and in areas with abundant farmland. Under this practice, the fanner may not return to the Hri land in life. At times, however, he may return after the land has been left fallow (that is, without cultivation) for several years. The period of no cultivation is termed fallow period, hence this system is also called bosh fallowing.
Advantages of shifting cultivation
1. It helps to replenish the fertility of the soil in a natural way. 2. It prevents the rapid spread of crop pests-and diseases
3. It helps to control soil erosion. 4. The system reduces farmers' cost of production in terms of erosion control practices and fertilizer usage. Disadvantages 1. A lot of time and energy is usually spent by farmers in preparing fresh land for planting. 2. It leads to the destruction of valuable forest resources such as wildlife and tirrlber trees. 3. It helps to control soil erosion. 4. The system reduces farmers cost of production in terms of erosion control practices and fertilizer usage. 2. Land Rotation This is a modified system of shifting cultivation or bush falllowing. The system involves dividing an available farmland into portions. The farmer (then) farms on one portion for some time before moving to the next portion, in a definite order. This illustrated below: Figure 3.1.1: Land Rotation The system is practised in areas where farmlands are limited ai1
6. Taungya Farming This is the system whereby food crops are grown alongside trees. It involves clearing forest land (forest reserve). and food crops. Later, tree seedlings are planted in between nops to continue on the land after the food crops have been Ifvcsted. The system is practised in forest reserves in the southern part of Nigeria where the State Governments allow the use of forest reserves suable farming. Advantages 1. The fertility of the soil is usually high for crops to use for maximum productivity. 2. It is an economic way of replacing unwanted forest with desirable tree species. 3. The land is always protected against erosion. 4. The timber seedlings are protected by the food crops in their early stage of life. 5. The system provides a source of income to the government. Disadvantages 1. It leads to destruction of natural forests which may result in the loss of many forest resources. 2. At times, the needed forests may not devejop because rnost farmers do not cater for the forest trees as they are left to die under heavy cropping with cassava or plantains. 3. The system does not allow the cultivation of permanent crops such as cocoa, rubber, and oil palm. STUDY QUESTIONS 1. State and explain briefly, the factors responsible for the choice i jt inning systems. 2. List three systems of farming in your country. Give one advantage and one disadvantage of each. 3. Which farming system would you recommend for your school which has a limited farmland? Briefly explain this system and give twvo advantages of it. 4. Wliat is taungy a fanning? Give two advantages and two disadvantages of the system. 5. Illustrate with a diagram the land rotation system.
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