oa Institute of African Studies Research Review - Traditional farmers' perception of the soils in the Nanumba district of Ghana

Volume 12, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



Soil classification is normally based on profile characteristics, genesis as well as chemical and physical characteristics systems. Traditional formers all over Ghana have their own classifications based on colour,texture and coarse material content of the soils. In the Nanumba District farmers have come out with four major soils based on this criteria as against seve"" by Soil Scientists. However, comparing the two classifications there are not many diffirences between them. With regard to the agronomic values of the Soils both soil scientists and traditional farmers are almost in total agreement. The only differences that occur are due to the fact that the soil scientist bases agronomic values on the ranges of possibilities ojJered by the soils and climate while the traditional farmer, in addition, considers the culture of the area.

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