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Living windbreaks to protect the soil (Summary)

Living windbreaks to protect the soil (Summary)

August 9, 2021

Live barriers are made up of lines of native grass, bushes and trees. The native plants are adapted to living with little water and they withstand the strong winds.

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Maintaining varietal purity of sesame (Summary)

Maintaining varietal purity of sesame (Summary)

September 30, 2020

The industry requires sesame seeds that are all of the same colour, size, and oil and starch contents. For this, you need varietal purity, meaning that all of the sesame has to be of the same variety. Mixed sesame seeds are difficult to sell and buyers pay less for them.

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Coffee: group organisation (Summary)

Coffee: group organisation (Summary)

September 24, 2020

For years coffee farmers in Uganda have been at a disadvantage, but over the past 10 to 15 years some incredible changes have been seen - thanks to farmers organising themselves into groups. By working together they have increased the quality of their coffee crop and received better prices, making it a sustainable and worthwhile business. If the group is run well there are many positives, with members wanting to contribute and not let down their fellow farmers.

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Coffee: stumping & pruning (Summary)

Coffee: stumping & pruning (Summary)

September 24, 2020

Managing coffee bushes well can make the difference between an average income and earning a good living. Stumping coffee bushes on a regular basis as part of your overall management plan, and pruning them each year, can help boost yields and income.

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Coffee: picking & drying (Summary)

Coffee: picking & drying (Summary)

September 22, 2020

Good quality coffee production does not happen by itself – it is a combination of the many aspects of managing coffee plots, and all must be done well if you want to maximise your returns. This audio podcast, looks at two aspects, the first is picking coffee from the bushes and the second is how to maintain quality to maximise profit through good drying and storage.

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Harvesting and storing sesame (Summary)

Harvesting and storing sesame (Summary)

September 22, 2020

Sesame is easy to grow. But poor harvesting, threshing and storage can decrease its quality. When sesame is too ripe, the seed capsules split open and release their seeds. So you lose lots of seeds and lots of money. Stones, sand, and other dirt can easily mix with sesame seeds and affect the price. In this audio podcast, we will learn how to harvest, thresh, and store sesame to ensure good quality.

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Row planting of sesame (Summary)

Row planting of sesame (Summary)

September 10, 2020

Row planting is very advantageous. When you sow sesame seeds in a row, you can thin the plants very well. When you thin the plants, the branches will multiply. You can count up to 20 pods on each branch, which is much more than broadcast sowing. When the plants are too close together, they produce only one or two pods; not many at all. For all these reasons it is good to plant sesame in rows.

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