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8 Production Of Crops In Arable Fields And Home Gardens

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This chapter explores the dynamics of crop production in the two villages. Crops are produced both in residential areas (home garden production) and in the arable allotments (field production) and these will be treated separately. Arable farming was designated to take place in arable allotments, which were referred to as ‘gardens’. The chapter starts with an overview of land use, followed by account of land relations, and then considers issues of access and control. It describes crop production: the kind of crops grown, how, and on which fields. The chapter examines the decline of crop production in the arable allotments, and its variability in time and among producers. The magnitudes of production, as well as the shift from arable to garden production, differ, however, if only because home gardens in Guquka and Koloni are substantial smaller compared to Transkei or elsewhere.

Keywords: Arable farming; crop production; Guquka; home gardens; Koloni



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