Title: Availing native grass seeds for reseeding of degraded rangelands across Lesotho

Final project
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Supervisors: Arni Bragason , Anne Bau
native grass seeds, seed production, Lesotho, restoration, rangeland


Most of the rangeland reseeding programmes in Lesotho have been carried out using African love grass (Eragrostis curvula) purchased from the neighbouring country of South Africa. This has been due to an insufficient supply of native grass seeds to meet the rangeland reseeding needs of Lesotho. A literature-based research was therefore conducted to find easily affordable seed production, harvesting, processing and packaging techniques that could easily be adopted by the Basotho (people of Lesotho) farmers to meet their country’s demand. Red grass (Themeda triandra), African caterpillar grass (Harpochloa falx) and thatching grass (Hyparrhenia hirta) are some of the most dominant and important grasses providing a livelihood for the Basotho, and therefore this research focused on them. The results indicate that little research has been done in the field of native grass seed production except some localised research in the United States, Canada and Australia. There was no adequate literature found on propagation of the selected species. This study will therefore serve as a foundation for localised research on multiplication of native grass seeds in Lesotho.


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