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Term Productive capacity of soils

The maximum production that can be obtained from the soil without causing its deterioration. It is a classification system which takes into account the composition and nature of the soil (effective depth, structure, water availability, permeability, etc.) to determine its potential and limitations.

Table P-1 shows eight categories (I-VIII) to classify productive capacity which indicate the susceptibility of soils, management requirements and the recommended conservation practices for each unit.

The productive capacity of the soils of the country is being affected by erosion and desertification. These two conditions threaten agriculture, which represents approximately 40% of land use, and accounts for about 10% of the formal and 89% of the informal labor force.1

1 Vargas, E. Utilización de Radionucleídos Ambientales como Indicadores de la Degradación de las Tierras en los Ecosistemas de América Latina, el Caribe y la Antártida [en línea]; Primer Reunión Regional de Latino América y el Caribe, San Luís, Argentina, 2009. (Accessed: February 27, 2011)

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