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How to calculate yield of cassava (Summary)

How to calculate yield of cassava (Summary)

August 23, 2021

Cassava is a plant with valuable roots which are hidden below the soil. One of the main issues for cassava farmers is how do you estimate the value of your crop… but it is possible to work out the size of your cassava yield before harvest.

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Grass strips against soil erosion (Summary)

Grass strips against soil erosion (Summary)

November 2, 2020

Contour hedgerows slow the speed of water coming down the slope and allow the water to infiltrate. They also allow the washed away soil and nutrients to settle out above the hedgerows. You can plant many different grasses, depending on what you need and what is locally available.

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Making banana flour (Summary)

Making banana flour (Summary)

October 6, 2020

Across the world, people eat bananas and plantains. While some prepare banana as part of their main meal, many just eat it as a fruit. Once harvested, bananas don’t keep long and are easily damaged during handling and storage. But it is possible to turn your bananas or plantains into another nutritional product, namely flour.

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Controlling banana weevils (Summary)

Controlling banana weevils (Summary)

September 29, 2020

Learn how to spot banana weevils, how to keep them out of new banana fields and how to trap them.

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Intercropping pineapples (Summary)

Intercropping pineapples (Summary)

September 17, 2020

In the wider space between the double rows of pineapple, you can grow beans or groundnuts during the first year. This improves the soil. Most farmers cut down all the trees to establish pineapple gardens. But they are wrong. In fact, pineapples grow best and give better quality fruit when there is some shade. Apart from bananas, you can also plant a few trees in between your pineapples to provide some shade.

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Cassava mosaic virus (Summary)

Cassava mosaic virus (Summary)

September 11, 2020

The cassava mosaic virus disease is an important cassava disease which causes low yields. It can be recognised on the cassava leaves which have spots ranging from light green to yellow. The disease is given to the plant by the whitefly. This disease cannot be cured but it can be avoided. To prevent the cassava mosaic virus disease we must use cuttings which have not been attacked by the disease. Most of all, we must plant varieties which are resistant to the disease.

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Growing cassava on poor soils (Summary)

Growing cassava on poor soils (Summary)

April 29, 2020

Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire show how they improve their cassava production and restore soil fertility. There are five things to do: use improved varieties that are resistant to the cassava mosaic virus; apply organic matter; apply small doses of mineral fertiliser; grow a legume in between our cassava; and plant the cassava in lines, leaving sufficient space between the lines.

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