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Organic biofertilizer in liquid and solid form (Summary)

Organic biofertilizer in liquid and solid form (Summary)

September 27, 2021

For healthy crops you need a healthy soil, because a healthy soil contains many good microbes and earthworms. To prepare biofertilizer for half a hectare, you need 10 kg fresh cow dung, cow urine, flour from chickpeas or another pulse, jaggery or unrefined sugar, and a handful of healthy soil.

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The clod breaker: a rolling harrow (Summary)

The clod breaker: a rolling harrow (Summary)

September 22, 2021

The clod breaker is a simple wooden tool made out of a cylindrical log with iron spikes. It can be pulled by animals or even by an adult person. By driving the clod breaker over your field in opposite directions, the soil will become loose, aerated and absorb more water.

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Vermiwash: an organic tonic for crops (Summary)

Vermiwash: an organic tonic for crops (Summary)

September 15, 2021

Vermiwash is the liquid that is collected after water passes through compost made by  earthworms. It is rich in plant growth hormones, micro-nutrients, and major nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

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Quality cassava planting material (Summary)

Quality cassava planting material (Summary)

August 6, 2021

To produce quality cassava planting material, we need to: select a suitable site and prepare the land early, ensure good soil fertility, decide what varieties to grow, and properly handle the planting material.

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Good microbes for plants and soil (Summary)

Good microbes for plants and soil (Summary)

August 5, 2021

In this audio podcast, we will learn about a solution that boosts the crop’s growth, and at the same time protects the crop from pests and diseases.

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Making a vermicompost bed (Summary)

Making a vermicompost bed (Summary)

June 21, 2021

With empty fertilizer bags you can sew a container. Place layers of decomposable material in the container and water it. Put the earthworms in after one week. Cover the top of the bed with gunny bags and water it regularly. Make sure the compost is shaded from direct sunlight.

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Human urine as fertilizer (Summary)

Human urine as fertilizer (Summary)

October 21, 2020

Land in Tororo district in Uganda has been intensively used and the soil fertility is low and declining. This audio podcast features a possible solution - using urine as a fertiliser.

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Water users associations (Summary)

Water users associations (Summary)

October 20, 2020

In Kenya, WRUAs first began forming in the 1990’s. They are established by communities along rivers and guarantee the participation of their members in all management decisions taken on the use of the river water. 

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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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SLM12 Conservation agriculture (Summary)

SLM12 Conservation agriculture (Summary)

April 17, 2020

The main aim is to reduce costs and improve profitability. Soil health is improved as is soil moisture. Zambia is leading the way in Sub-Saharan Africa and this programme shows how the technique is practised.

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