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Ionuţ ZISU
West University of Timişoara, Department of Geography, V. Pârvan Blvd., No. 4, Timişoara 300223, Timiş, Romania
E-mail: ionut.zisu@e-uvt.ro

CORRELATIONS BETWEEN THE QUALITY OF THE AGRICULTURAL LAND FROM LUGOJ HILLS AND ITS CURRENT WAY OF USE

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Abstract:

The analyzed territory belongs to the southern sector of the Western Hills of Romania and it has an agricultural surface of 45,828 hectares. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the quality of the agricultural land from Lugoj Hills and also to spatially represent the obtained data. Based on the obtained results, the correlations between the grouping of the agricultural land according to its productive potential and the real way of space use were done. By this approach, for arable use, a graphic comparison between the real land use way and the obtained quality classes was made. Thus, it could be noticed to what extend the present land use modality fit to the resulted theoretic models. The analysis of the results must take into account as well the quantum of the surfaces distributed within each class. It has been observed that the Lugoj Hills area is generally characterized by subsistence agriculture, with low productivity, which does not capitalize in appropriate way the potential of the agricultural land. In the same time, the obtained results were used for advancing several recommendations for the optimization of the agricultural land production capacity in the study area. This was made by indicating the most favorable uses and crops, i.e. those which have the best performance, both from the point of view of quantity and quality of the yield, as well as the financial and technological efforts required for the agricultural land exploitation and the capitalization of the resulting products.


Keyword: agricultural land, quality classes, current land use, arable use, theoretic models, Lugoj Hills


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