Planning for agriculture highlights the importance of agriculture and food production to livable communities. It establishes a public policy framework to support agricultural economic development and to protect and conserve farmland for current and future generations.
Master Plan for Agricultural Development
The plan was conducted on two levels: national level - outlining of strategy for agricultural development, development of modern, knowledge and technology oriented agriculture, integrated with sustainable, community agriculture; rehabilitation of rice cultivatio; local level - composing applicable projects; establishment of training centers; implementation of modern methods in fertilization, irrigation, mechanization and integrating them into traditional methods.
Integrated Agro-Commercial Development Project Soil Survey
The surveyed area in north-east Botswana is part of a region consisting of heavy clayish soils that originated in lacustrine deposits. These heavy clay soils spread over 28,000 hectares in an area dominated mainly by sand stones and sandy soils. There are two large plots of heavy clay soils. The northern plot is adjacent to the Kasane Forest Reserve, while the southern plot, known as Pandamatenga, contains large cultivation areas, as well as a settlement of about 2,000 people.
Soil Survey Report
The current project, the agricultural development south of the Gurara River, in the Jere village’s area, is a direct outcome of the building of a large dam on the Gurara River. The new dam has been designed in the framework of the Gurara Water Transfer Project as a multi-purpose dam to augment the supply of water to the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. The dam will allow the development of irrigated agricultural projects downstream. This project is established as a result of the new irrigation opportunities that derived from the new dam construction.
Agricultural Potential of the Soils of Botswana
The aim of the work is to create a soil map atlas of Botswana. Between the years 1990-2000 agricultural soil surveys were conducted on a scale of 1:250,000.
Soil Survey Report
The main objective of the soil survey was to determine the distribution and characteristics of the different soil types in the Glen Valley project area. Identification and characterization of the soil properties is essential for intense agricultural projects such as this one. Certain soil characteristics may limit the variety of crops which may be cultivated or influence decisions regarding agricultural management. The survey also aimed to assess the layout of the planned agricultural plots, irrigation and drainage systems, and offer recommendations concerning cultivation and irrigation management.