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Survey of the cultural practices and uses of Gliricidia sepium by farmers in Costa Rica Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.) Walp.: management and improvement. Proceedings

by Brewbaker, J.L. eds; Sánchez, G.A; Payne, L.D; Withington, D; Glover, N; Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association, Paia, Hawaii (EUA); CATIE, Turrialba (Costa Rica); Workshop Gliricidia Sepium (Jacq.) Walp: Management and Improvement Turrialba (Costa Rica) 21-27 Jun 1987.
Series: Special Publication - Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association (EUA).Publisher: Honolulu, Hawaii (EUA) 1987Description: p. 8-13.Subject(s): CULTIVO | PODA | GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM | COSTA RICA | CULTIVATION | PRUNING | GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM | COSTA RICA | PRATIQUE CULTURALE | TAILLE | GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM | COSTA RICA In: Summary: A survey was completed in 1986 on the use and management of Gliricidia sepium by farmers in the national territory of Costa Rica. The questions were formulated from previous surveys completed by the project and suggestions from various researchers at CATIE working in agroforestry. The survey was based on ecological life zones (Holdridge), broken down into geographical subzones where G. sepium is found and used by Costa Rican farmers. A total of 185 surveys were completed. 75 percent of the farmers interviewed had farms of 50 ha or less and the average time of residence in the zone was 22 years. Of the farmers interviewed who used Gliricidia, the majority used it in association with pastures, whether as shade or as a live fence. An overwhelming percentage (72 percent) cut stakes with the moon phase, and usually did so during the dry season. The main advantage of using Gliricidia, according to the farmers, was its easy propagation and management. The main disadvantage was its tendency to engulf fence wire.
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A survey was completed in 1986 on the use and management of Gliricidia sepium by farmers in the national territory of Costa Rica. The questions were formulated from previous surveys completed by the project and suggestions from various researchers at CATIE working in agroforestry. The survey was based on ecological life zones (Holdridge), broken down into geographical subzones where G. sepium is found and used by Costa Rican farmers. A total of 185 surveys were completed. 75 percent of the farmers interviewed had farms of 50 ha or less and the average time of residence in the zone was 22 years. Of the farmers interviewed who used Gliricidia, the majority used it in association with pastures, whether as shade or as a live fence. An overwhelming percentage (72 percent) cut stakes with the moon phase, and usually did so during the dry season. The main advantage of using Gliricidia, according to the farmers, was its easy propagation and management. The main disadvantage was its tendency to engulf fence wire.

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