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Crop Rotation Increases Land Productivity

  • Abd El-Hafeez Zohry
  • Samiha Ouda
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Abstract

Increasing food security is a challenge in most of the developing countries with overpopulation problem like Egypt. Crop rotation plays an important role in increasing number of cultivated crops per year and, in the meantime, provides sustainable use of natural resources. Moreover, monoculture cultivation often results in yield decreases. Thus, in this chapter we tackled different concepts related to the increase in land productivity as a result of implementing crop rotation. Raised beds cultivation, implementing intercropping systems and cultivation of three crops per year, when implemented within a crop rotation can maximize land productivity. In addition, we reviewed the effect of several crop rotations implemented in Egypt on increasing land productivity under rain-fed and irrigation conditions in Egypt. Thus, to increase food production in overpopulated countries, intensive crop rotations should be practice.

Keywords

Monoculture cultivation Raised beds cultivation Intercropping systems Cultivation of three crops per year 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Field Crops Research InstituteAgricultural Research CenterGizaEgypt
  2. 2.Soil, Water and Environment Research InstituteAgricultural Research CenterGizaEgypt

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