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Combating desertification with spineless cacti


Combatiendo la desertificación con nopales sin espinas. Forraje, frutos y conservación del medio ambiente.

DESERTIFICATION

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Image: Cultivated Opuntia (prickly pear cactus)

The spineless variety, easy to grow, easy to feed

Success story and best practice, the Opuntias

OPUNTIA SPP. – A STRATEGIC FODDER AND EFFICIENT TOOL TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION IN THE WANA REGION

Ali NEFZAOUI and Hichem BEN SALEM

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Therefore, most of the WANA countries are seeking appropriate tools to prevent rangeland degradation and restore productivity. Some of the improved rangeland techniques include (i) reduction of stocking rates; (ii) controlled and deferred grazing; (iii) periodic resting; (iv) extended water supplies; (v) reseeding; and (vi) shrub planting.

Moreover, productivity can be improved by increasing feed supplies from alternative sources, including (i) legumes or other forage crops grown in place of fallow; (ii) fodder banks of naturally grown legumes fertilized with phosphate; (iii) treatment and suitable supplementation of straw; and (iv) other crop residues and agro-industrial by-products. In addition, a planned…

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