IMPORTANCE OR OBJECTIVES OF PRIMARY TILLAGE

IMPORTANCE OR OBJECTIVES OF PRIMARY TILLAGE

Tillage refers to the preparation of the soil for planting

Can be of 3 types; i.e

  • Primary Tillage
  • Secondary Tillage
  • Minimum/Zero tillage




(a) Primary tillage/cultivation

This refers to the 1st activities done when opening up a piece of land. E.g slashing, Burning, ploughing.

Tools used in Primary Tillage include;

  • Disc ploughs
  • Mould board ploughs
  • Sub soilers
  • Chizel ploughs
  • Ox – mould board ploughs

IMPORTANCE /OBJECTIVES OF PRIMARY TILLAGE

  • It helps to improve soil structure so as to facilitate water infiltration
  • It improves soil aeration
  • It enables removing of crop residues which rot and form organic matter




  • It controls weed seeds and plants
  • It eases secondary tillage practices to be done

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