Assessment of Land Resources Potentiality for Agricultural Development at Wadi Al-Mogadam Area, Sudan

El-Abbas Doka Mohamed Ali, Amna Ahmed Hamid


This study provides background information on Wadi Al-
Mogadam area. It includes characterization of land resources and
comments on the potentiality of the different set up of land resources for
agricultural development, on an integrated approach. The main land use
categories were identified and delineated in the area using remote sensing
data. The geological setting of the area was identified and the main
geological units were described. Hydrological characteristics and water
quality of the area was also reported, based on previous studies and recent
field checks. Main physiographic units were delineated and associated
soils were characterized and assessed for agricultural production. The
study indicated that the northern rocky lands, hills, mountains, dune lands
and sand pedi plains are not suitable for arable farming and have poor
carrying capacity for grazing. The pedi plains, the basins and the eroded
plains are not suitable for rain-fed farming, but conditionally suitable for
irrigated farming, with poor carrying capacity for grazing. Wadi Al-
Mogadam flood plain lands are marginally to moderately suitable for rainfed
farming and are moderately to highly suitable for irrigated farming.
The carrying capacity for grazing is fair along the wadi.


Wad-Almogadam; land resources; remote sensing.

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