Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bringing Good Agronomic Practices to the Farmers’ Door Steps:

Kwamoso is a village in Eastern Region of Ghana. It is predominantly a cassava growing community. However, prior to the advent of CAVA II project, the farmers there were mostly planting local cassava varieties and getting low yields. Maximum average yield was about 11 to 12 tons/ha. The farmers were not also observing recommended planting distances and good weeds and pests control regimes, but with the implementation of CAVA II project, the farmers now have adequate access to improved cassava planting varieties, adequate training on recommended planting distances, and good weeds and pests control regimes.
To facilitate the transfer of good agronomic practices to the farmers, the CAVA II Regional Coordinator has established a demonstration farm where farmers are sent to observe and implement recommended practices for cassava production. The Regional Coordinator collaborated with agricultural extension agents (AEAs) in the region to provide improved cassava planting materials to the farmers.
This has helped the farmer to increase yields and income.  This is what Mr. Mawuli, a 39-year old cassava farmer had to say: “In fact, I wish I was doing what I’m doing now five years ago. First time in my life as a cassava farmer, I’ve been able to harvest 18 tons of cassava roots per hectare”. Mawuli now has 15-acres of cassava farm.
CAVA II demonstration farm established at Kwamoso; the cassava variety is Ampong (an improved variety)
A 12-month old Ampong cassava variety planted under supervision of CAVA II staff at Kwamoso

Mr. Mawuli’s casava farm using traditional method

Mr. Mawuli’s cassava farm using good agronomic practices and improved planting materials

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