The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project has trained 105 spray service providers on herbicides application, safety and use in Abia state.
The training, which came at the outset of cassava planting season, was conducted in partnership with the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike; National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Abia State Agricultural Development Program.
In a press release made available to The AUTHORITY, Mr. Godwin Atser, Communication and Knowledge Exchange Expert to the IITA said the two-day training, which was implemented in two locations - Umuahia and Isuikwuato LGA - covered areas such as the different types of weed species, herbicides, and tips on application, calibration, and safety.
According to the statement, a practical session on calibration was conducted to help participants understand the principles and importance of calibration.
The Programme Manager, Abia ADP, Mr Bato Onyemaobi said the training aligned with the state government’s agricultural development programme.
He described improved weed control as a critical component of cassava production, adding that without good weed control farmers won’t be able to make profit from farming.
In Abia State, like several other states in Nigeria, the use and application of herbicides is growing as human labour for weeding gets scarce in rural communities, no thanks to rural-urban migration.
The IITA Cassava Weed Management Project, which is now in its fourth year, is tackling the weed menace using best-bet agronomic practices which include the use of simple motorised weeders, and the use of safe and environmentally friendly herbicides.