When we talk about cutting pasture grass. It’s not the same thing in a non tropical climate like in Europe. The grass here is GIANT Elephant grass (the African Pennisetum purpureum, also known as giant king) which grows up tu 3 meters tall and is very thick up to 1cm! Check out the photos.
So it’s a real challenge to cut it. Even more to get rid of it. The only natural solution we found so far after doing various experiments over the period of 24month is, 1st cut it and 3 weeks later when it has grown back to 20cm high, we fumigate it with a natural solution which contains urea (Chemical formula: CH4N2O) / nitrogen (N). Then the nitrogen will be sucked up by all the Gramineae (family of monocotyledonous flowering plants known as grasses,) and within 14 days the Gramineae-plant starts to dry out. We have a success rate of about 90%. So after a while we have to go back once or twice to get rid of all the grasses. Which obviously ? are not endemic to this region and where brought with the idea of removing all the Amazon jungle forest to make space for more cattle farming … Since the beginning of the colonization in the 1960s, around 15% of the Amazon forest has been removed through agricultural practices. Source 2003 – Cattle ranching in the Amazon rainforest
The giant grass will be replaced with the following polyculture according to our previous learnings with the adaptive keyline access path with Arachis Pintoi & Vetiver grass.
- Vetiver grass (for erosion control and humus grow / soil quality enhancement)
- Giantbamboo (DendroCalamusAsper)
- Special Cacao (Theobroma Grandiflora) which is another endemic cacao with almost no plagues
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