Effects of Liming on Acid Ferrasols for Sustainable Crop Production in Uganda – A Review

W. S. Kollie *

Faculty of Agriculture, African Centre of Excellence in Agroecology and Livelihood Systems, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda.

J. Byalebeka

Faculty of Agriculture, African Centre of Excellence in Agroecology and Livelihood Systems, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda.

T. A. Basamba

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Ferralsols are the predominant soil type covering about 70% of the total land area of Uganda; they are mostly found in the Central and Western regions of the country. Ferralsols are highly weathered, acidic and have inherently low nutrient reserves. Degradation of these soils has led to reduced agricultural production and productivity. Despite the increased human population and the importance of Agriculture to the majority of the households in Uganda, little or no research has been carried out on Acid Ferralsols to improve food security and sustain livelihoods. Besides, the country’s research programs have not prioritized the use and management of soil fertility management strategies such as liming. Crop yields on these soils are often far less than those on research stations. This review paper focuses on the extent and effects, causes, challenges and opportunities associated with liming Acid Ferralsols and the effects on soil properties and crop yield. Many studies have shown that detrimental effects of acid soils can be ameliorated through liming, thus improving on the physio-chemical properties to improve crop production and yield. More research is anticipated to develop lime requirements for acid Ferralsols so as to meet the growing food demand in Uganda.

Keywords: Acid ferralsols, liming, soil fertility, crop yield


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Kollie , W. S., Byalebeka , J., & Basamba , T. A. (2023). Effects of Liming on Acid Ferrasols for Sustainable Crop Production in Uganda – A Review. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science, 35(6), 111–124. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijpss/2023/v35i62845

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