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They were well trained and the operators appeared to have a good attitude towards the animals. The owner did not operate the oxen himself, rather his children did. The farmer considered that animal power reduced his dependence on hired labour and village work societies. Failures or negative lessons The Pecotool equipment seemed much too heavy (perhaps twice as heavyas necessary)for the work it was doing, particularly in the muddy, swampy conditions. This toolbar was designed for upland conditions.
45 . -. 46 Animal Power in Farming Systems The Discussion Groups Animal Power in Farming Systems GROUP OISCUSSIONS Soil conservation and tillage: the role of aqimal traction in establishing permanent cropping systems lead to irreparable damage due to soil erosion. Brushing, felling, burning, destumping 9-d M. Klaij A. Conteh, M. Forster, rakiig have to be+done. There is some potential for using animal power in conjunction with H. Freeman, R. Gifford, M. Jambawai, ropes and pulleys to assistwith the feiiing and S, Jarjju, N.
Vices and services supplying inputs such as seeds and fertilizers. Improvements in animal husbandry were required, and farmers were testing the use of mineral oils and certain plants to control the flies. There was a need for improved transport to allow the provision of inputs and the collection and marketing of produce. Conclusions Further on-farm adaptive research is required with the active participation of farmers in order to understand the farming system and all its ramifications. The presem aim is to generate economically viable low-cost (low-input) cropping techniques and in the circumstancesthis seemsvery appropriate.
Animal power in farming systems: The proceedings of the Second West Africa Animal Traction Networkshop, held September 19-25, 1986, Freetown, Sierra Leone by Paul Starkey