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Managing rust diseases in wheat and barley (Summary)

Managing rust diseases in wheat and barley (Summary)

October 12, 2021

Rust diseases spread through wind and can rapidly develop in cool, wet weather. To know if your crop has rust disease, rub over the infected plant part to see if a yellow, brown or black powder sticks to your fingers. By combining organic methods, you will be able to grow a healthy crop, produce more and make more profit.

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Coir pith (Summary)

Coir pith (Summary)

October 8, 2021

Coir pith degrades so slowly that it is often considered useless for agriculture. But well-decomposed coir pith can absorb five times its weight in water. So when applied to your soil, it can hold water much better. To prepare compost out of coir pith you need to break down the lignine. This can be done by good microbes.

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Cassava harvest made easier (Summary)

Cassava harvest made easier (Summary)

October 7, 2021

Ensure your soil is rich in organic matter and grow a legume intercrop to help keep your soil loose. Plant your cuttings horizontally or at a slant so the roots grow closer to the surface. With a simple tool you can uproot your cassava twice as fast.

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Stronger plants with raised beds (Summary)

Stronger plants with raised beds (Summary)

October 5, 2021

Raised beds must be 20 to 30 centimetres high, 80 to 100 centimeters wide and the furrows 30 to 40 centimeters wide. The beds can be 50 to 100 meters long depending on the slope of the field. Because the beds are wide, water is channelled faster through the land, while seeping into the soil and reaching the roots of the crop directly.

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Managing false smut of rice (Summary)

Managing false smut of rice (Summary)

October 4, 2021

By applying a range of agroecological practices, you can avoid disease infestation in  your rice crop.

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Managing the rice leaf folder (Summary)

Managing the rice leaf folder (Summary)

October 1, 2021

By combining different organic methods, you will harvest a lot more rice and make more money.

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Enriching porridge with baobab juice (Summary)

Enriching porridge with baobab juice (Summary)

September 20, 2021

Compared to other foods, baobab pulp contains very high levels of minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium as well as vitamin C. Furthermore, it is rich in fibre. It is good for human health and reduces the risk of diseases. Due to these properties, baobab fruits are often called a super food.

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The wasp that protects our crops (Summary)

The wasp that protects our crops (Summary)

September 1, 2021

By keeping live barriers with flowers around your fields, you help to protect the wasps and the other good insects. And it is easier to produce quinoa without insecticides while conserving our fertile soil.

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Managing aflatoxins in maize during drying and storage (Summary)

Managing aflatoxins in maize during drying and storage (Summary)

August 3, 2021

As our health and the health of our animals are at stake, let us learn from experienced farmers in Tanzania how to properly dry and store our maize.

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Managing aflatoxins in maize before and during harvest (Summary)

Managing aflatoxins in maize before and during harvest (Summary)

August 2, 2021

By keeping your soil healthy and by planting early, your plants will be strong and less vulnerable to insects and moulds. Once the maize is dry, harvest within the next two weeks. Keep the healthy ears off the ground, otherwise moulds will get on your maize and damage it during storage. Burn all the bad ears. Never feed them to your animals. 

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