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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 1999 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 689-692
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.1999.689.692
Soil Loss and Runoff Measurement From Banana-Pineapple lntercroping System
M.A. Abbasi and T. Jamal

In the two distinctive seasons, first from March to May and second from September to November, rainfall in these months was very high as compare to other months. Rainfall distribution during the experimental period was about 25 percent higher than the average monthly rainfall of the last 10 years. Soil loss and runoff was more during the early four months of the crop establishment after which it was reduced gradually due to the establishment of canopy cover of the plants. There was a significant linear relationship among soil loss and runoff with EI30 index for all the plots. Total soil loss during the experimental period was 105.6 tons ha from bare plot, 40.1 tons ha–1 from banana plot; 26.4 tons ha–1 from intercrop of banana-pineapple and 25.0 tons ha–1 from pineapple plot. Soil erosion can be controlled to a greater extent by a number of soil and crop management practices as well as by selection of proper cropping system for sloping agricultural lands. Proper crop selection in itself is an important mean of controlling soil loss and runoff from the field. lntercropping of banana with pineapple is a good practice for controlling long term soil loss and runoff from the sloping agricultural lands. It involves less crop and soil management practices as compared to annual crops. Banana when planted as an intercrop can give some economic benefits to the farmers when other crops are not mature whereas pineapple crop will have significant effects in reducing soil loss and runoff from the sloping lands.
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M.A. Abbasi and T. Jamal, 1999. Soil Loss and Runoff Measurement From Banana-Pineapple lntercroping System. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 2: 689-692.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.1999.689.692








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