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Can bamboo be used to rehabilitate degrade land?

It is well known that bamboo plantations have been used successfully to rehabilitate degraded land back in to productive, fully functioning ecological systems. Indeed, in their natural states, bamboo systems are intermixed with tree, shrub and herbaceous vegetation. This provides valuable habitat for numerous species at the soil and tree layer including spiders, butterflies, birds and other higher life forms. Equally, in it's natural environment, fallen bamboo leaves create natural mulch. The decomposing leaves also recycle useful nutrients, such as Nitrogen and Silica back into the soil. It's very own fallen leaves provide the necessary nutrients that get recycled back into the soil.

Kitil Farm has been involved in the growing of seedlings for the rehabilitation of degraded land. We have also been involved in the rehabilitation of dangerous ground and wastelands by planting bamboo. We can convert rocky, sloppy and arid regions into productive grounds with fully functional ecosystem using bamboo.
Oxytenanthera abyssinica is a clump forming, solid stemmed bamboo, occurring from sea-level up to 2000m altitude, but mainly at 300-1500m.
It is a drought resistant shrub or small tree which grows in Savannah woodland and in semi-arid wooded grassland.
The dense clump consists of 20-100 (exceptionally up to 200) stems (culms) between 10 -15m tall and up to 10cm in diameter with internodes of 32cm. It grows in areas with a minimum annual rainfall of between 350 and 800 mm.
Average annual temperatures should be 20 to 27C, with monthly average daily maxima of 30 to 36C and daily minimal of 7 to 17C.

Do not abandon mining site without rehabilitating the mother earth back into good use. If you cannot fix it, Call Kitil Farm.



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