Slope Agriculture Land Technology (SALT) in the mid-hills of Nepal
The Argha Khanchi District, located in the mid hill region in Nepal is an area characterized by natural slopes and ridges, prone to landslides and slope instability due to intensive cultivation and cropping without any terrace and bunds. This situation adds to increasingly erratic rainfall patterns, causing landslides and severe soil erosion among others. In this context, there is a need for appropriate agricultural practices, such as the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) that is cost effective and simple option to increase productivity in the area. SALT is a package of technologies for soil conservation, crop cultivation and sustainable food production that includes hedge row contour planting, allay cropping and terrace improvement through formation of bunds and contour planting among others.