This farming practice is done in a way that improves soil health and therefore also improves your yield. It can be accomplished in three steps:
1. Minimum tillage: To practice continuous minimum soil disturbance and to use direct seeding.
2. Maximum soil cover: To permanently protect your soil from the wind, sun and rain.
3. Multi-cropping: Diversified crop rotations where the first plant benefits the next.
Not all farmers agree that Conservation Agriculture will improve yields. Important to note is that often, the reason for failure in Conservation Agriculture can be attributed to farmers not practicing all three aspects required and grow impatient when benefits take too long to be realised - The benefits of Conservation Agriculture are only seen after long term practicing (~6 + years). The information provided is to help the user make his own decision on the topic.
You can find guidelines on conservation agriculture, benefits thereof and general information on the subject in the documents below:
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