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5 Natural Resource Base And Agricultural Potentials

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The intent of this chapter is to set the stage by providing a description of the physical environment and the quality of natural resources that are available to the people of Guquka and Koloni. It describes climate and rainfall patterns, topography, vegetation, soils of the veld and arable fields, water bodies and streams. Further, models and yield gap analyses are referenced in order to examine the agricultural potential of the two study areas. The chapter serves to compare and contrast the two villages with regard to opportunities, constraints and options for land-based livelihoods. It is based largely on literature and secondary sources, including soil surveys and related data collection carried out in both villages in 1998. The results of this survey and topographic information about the area were captured in a Geographic Information System (GIS).

Keywords: agricultural potential; Geographic Information System (GIS); Guquka; Koloni; natural resources; rainfall patterns; topographic information



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