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Proper handling of baobab fruits at harvest (Summary)

Proper handling of baobab fruits at harvest (Summary)

September 21, 2021

Baobab fruit juice made from the pulp is very healthy, and can be added to porridge and sauces. However, the quality of the pulp can be greatly affected if fruits are not handled well during and after harvest. When baobab pods are damaged and have splits in the shell, moisture and insects can easily get to the pulp and spoil it.

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Making mango crisps (Summary)

Making mango crisps (Summary)

September 6, 2021

Dried mango crisps are a tasty and a healthy snack that can be sold even out of season at a good price.

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Proper handling of mangoes at harvest (Summary)

Proper handling of mangoes at harvest (Summary)

September 3, 2021

If proper care is taken at harvest, losses can be minimized, consumers will have better quality fruit, and the farmers will earn more money.

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Managing the mango seed weevil (Summary)

Managing the mango seed weevil (Summary)

August 17, 2021

The best way to check if you have mango seed weevils is by using sticky bands. Put a sticky band around each tree trunk, at the upper end of the trunk before it branches. The best way to control mango seed weevils is to burn an aromatic mixture to smoke out the pest. Also regularly remove and destroy dropped fruits in your orchard.

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Grafting mango seedlings (Summary)

Grafting mango seedlings (Summary)

March 25, 2021

With grafting, a young shoot from a preferred mango variety is attached to a seedling. The seedling will develop the root and base of the tree. This is called the rootstock. The young shoot that is grafted onto the rootstock is called the scion. This will develop into the canopy.

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Staking and pruning passion fruit (Summary)

Staking and pruning passion fruit (Summary)

March 11, 2021

A well-managed passion fruit orchard can provide farmers with some good money throughout the year. In this audio podcast, we will learn how to stake passion fruit plants and prune the vines systematically so as to get good yields.

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Selective harvest of mangoes (Summary)

Selective harvest of mangoes (Summary)

February 9, 2021

Harvest is a very crucial part of your work as a farmer. If you get it right you will be rewarded with higher yields and better fruit quality – which translates to more income. In this audio podcast, we will explain to you what you need to do to improve your harvesting practice.

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Making better shea butter (Summary)

Making better shea butter (Summary)

January 22, 2021

Shea butter is used a lot in cooking, traditional medicine and cosmetic products. However traditional extraction of shea butter doesn’t follow required hygiene rules, this results in unsafe butter that can cause illness in consumers. In this audio podcast, we will learn how women in the South of Mali have improved the production of shea butter.

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Preparing cashew apple juice (Summary)

Preparing cashew apple juice (Summary)

January 12, 2021

People enjoy cashew nuts, whereas cashew apples are less valued. Leaving cashew apples on the land is an enormous loss of money. However, cashew apples can be processed into a nutritious juice which can be consumed throughout the year.

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Promoting weaver ants in your orchard (Summary)

Promoting weaver ants in your orchard (Summary)

January 11, 2021

Weaver ants help to protect your fruit and nuts from fruit flies and many other pests. If you don’t have weaver ants in your orchard yet, collect all the nests from an ant colony and transfer them to one of your fruit trees. Help the ants to spread to more trees by connecting neighbouring trees with a string or stick. If ants from neighbouring trees fight, they are from different colonies and should be separated. Cut any branches that connect both trees. Apply ash to your arms and feet, or to the branch on which you will stand, to pick the fruit.

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