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As weeds outsmart the latest weedkillers, farmers are running out of easy options

April 15th, 2019 / The Salt

There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they’d finally defeated weeds forever.

Biotech companies had given them a new weapon: genetically engineered crops that could tolerate doses of the herbicide glyphosate, also known by its trade name, Roundup. Farmers could spray this chemical right over their …

Mixed farming uplifts Migadde

April 15th, 2019 / World Vegetable Center

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

It is almost standard practice these days for young people to migrate to large towns in search of well-paying jobs, leaving great employment opportunities behind right in their home villages.

Many others, upon completion of their education in towns, choose to hang around there in the hope …

Moves to industrialise agriculture must involve smallholder farmers

April 15th, 2019 / The Independant, Nigeria

Dr. Ikechi Agbugba is the Senior Research Fellow, Africa Agricultural Agenda (AAA), the major arm of Surveillance Media Limited, and publisher of first Pan-African International Magazine on agriculture. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. In this interview with SEYI TAIWO-OGUNTUASE, …

The world needs smart bananas

April 15th, 2019 / Fresh Plaza

Millions of people depend on bananas. However, their cultivation is very vulnerable to diseases and the effects of climate change. There is a pressing need for a new more resistant banana variety. To this end, on Monday, 8 April the Belgian University, KU Leuven, and Bioversity International signed an agreement. …

Poor seeds affecting food production, say experts

April 9th, 2019 / The Star, Kenya

Director general  Eliud Kireger said the recycled seeds yield less than the newer hybrid seeds which the organisation has produced.

Research done by Karlo indicated that only 47 per cent of farmers were using the recommended seeds while fertiliser was being applied at 40 per cent of the accepted rates. Read …

How you can grow bananas successfully

April 9th, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

Successful banana farming begins with proper choice of the location for growing the crop, according to Constance Itungu, a crop technician at Kamenyamiggo National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) station in Lwengo District. 

Requirements “Bananas grow better in well drained loamy and fertile soil,” she says. “The area should …

Sustainable livestock for development

March 25th, 2019 / Why livestock matter

Livestock are critical for sustainable development yet often overlooked. The world’s cows, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and other farm animals are the mainstay of livelihoods across the developing world. And the energy and nutrient-dense milk, meat and eggs these animals produce provide hundreds of millions of families in the world’s poorer …

How to boost local fertiliser production

March 25th, 2019 / The Nation, Nigeria

At an average of 12 kilogrammes per hectare, fertiliser usage in Nigeria and other African countries have been considered low, compared to the global average of 100 kilogrammes per hectare. But, prompted by Africa’s fast-growing population, as well as the increasing awareness that high quality fertiliser is key to increased …

Livestock feeding a key factor in gainful farming

March 25th, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

Livestock keeping is an enterprise whose main objective is to get profit at the end of the day. Much as we raise animals for our own benefit, they have rights such as the right to adequate, good, clean food. It would be unfair for us to keep …

Why African farmers must consider drought tolerant crops

March 25th, 2019 / Africa.com

The latest UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s annual Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition Report highlighted drought as one of the key factors contributing to the continuing rise in the number of hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa. And in South Africa, the Government’s Crop Estimates Committee announced that the country …