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  1. Vol. 62 No. 4, p. 445-449
     
    Received: Oct 15, 1969


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doi:10.2134/agronj1970.00021962006200040004x

Runoff Farming in the Desert. III. Microcatchments for Improvement of Desert Range1

  1. L. Shanan,
  2. N. H. Tadmor,
  3. M. Evenari and
  4. P. Reiniger2

Abstract

Abstract

A technique of utilizing surface runoff from microcatchments was adapted to grow pasture shrubs (Atriplex halimus L.) on a barren saline loessial plain in the desert. The average annual rainfall of the region is about 90 mm. Microcatchments varied in size from 16 m2 to 1,000 m2. Maximum yields were obtained from a 32 m2 microcatchment which produced an average annual yield of 160 feed units/ha/yr, as compared to 5 to 10 feed units/ha, on the untreated plain. Protein yield was about 40 kg/ha. The system costs $5 to 20 per ha to construct and can repay its construction cost within 2 to 3 years. The method is also being adapted to the growing of fruit trees.

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