An assessment of the nursery industry in Manicaland, Zimbabwe in 2008
GRIN Verlag, Nov 4, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 10 pages
Research Paper (postgraduate) from the year 2010 in the subject Agrarian Studies, grade: none, Africa University, language: English, abstract: ABSTRACT Agricultural nurseries are key in the production of horticultural and forestry seedlings. Various nursery media is used to raise these seedlings. The study was aimed at determining the researchers’ views and opinions on the nursery practices that the farmers employ. The survey was carried out to establish the productivity and types of media used in the nursery industry within Manicaland, Zimbabwe. In this study, the survey was conducted at provincial level within five (5) selected districts of Manicaland Province. In each district, all the existing nurseries were selected. Data was analyzed using the descriptive analysis. Nursery holders were classified as entrepreneurs, farmers, local government owned and non –profit making organizations owned. Farmer nurseries were the largest category comprising of 56.4% of the total sampled population. Most of the seedlings were raised in containers with the exception of vegetable seedlings which were raised in seed beds. Nursery media comprising of top soil and compost proved to be most popular amongst nursery owners. Pine media used proved to be least used due to its low water holding capacity and lack of proper extension training on its use.
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afforestation allocated to nursery area under production assessment Chipinge City council Non-profit communal areas comprised conducted at provincial Conservation and Extension Container area container nursery area Continuity of media Council Non-profit Organisation Deciduous Department of Conservation districts of Manicaland embark on nursery entrepreneurs eucalyptus Evergreen trees existing nurseries extension and registered extension workers Farmer City council Farmer nurseries ferry the media fibrous roots Forestry Commission Department herbal gardens herbal seedlings informant interviewing located Makoni district Manicaland Province Mutare Urban Non-profit organisation Type non-profit organizations Number of nurseries nurseries per district nursery culture nursery enterprise nursery holders nursery media nursery ownership nursery production Nyanga district packaging materials pine bark propagation materials raised in containers standard deviation sd Table top soil topsoil & compost total nursery owners total production area trucks to ferry Types of media types of nursery vegetable seedlings visitation once water holding capacity women in nursery Zimbabwe