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|| Cultivation & crops || Small farmers in Honduras attempting to cultivate the mountainsides have a difficult task due to the steepness of the marginal mountain slopes. Deterioration of the mountain environment, poor productivity, and crop losses result in poverty for small farmers. Soil erosion and the loss of soil fertility are caused by the marginality of the available slopes and the methods used in farming. Cultivation techniques are slash-and-mulch or slash-and-burn employing simple tools, such as machetes, hoes, axes, digging sticks, and possibly wooden plows, without the use of fertilizer. The rudimentary storage facilities of most farm households also contribute to the loss of a sizable percentage of crops to rodents and pests. http://countrystudies.us/honduras/52.htm

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