Friday 23rd June, 2017
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Cassava Production: IITA trains 105 in Abia

Cassava Production: IITA trains 105 in Abia

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.

 

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