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By GbengaAkinfenwa

05 February 2017

weedersSmall-scale farmers in Africa now have enough reasons to smile; with the invention of Gasoline powered simple weeders, adapted for clearing in cassava farms, to reduce the burden of weeding.
Initially acquired as tillers, the simple tools are being modified and adapted as weeders by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Cassava Weed Management Project (CWMP).
According to a statement signed by IITA’s Communication & Knowledge Exchange Expert, Godwin Atser, last year, the machines were tested on farmers’ fields across 58 sites in Nigeria. Following this progress, a team of Nigerian engineers and fabricators are also working on a local version with materials sourced locally for its construction.
Demonstrating the machines during a field trip organised by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), in Abeokuta; the Project Leader, IITA-CWMP, Dr Alfred Dixon said the adoption of the machines would help smallholder farmers come out of poverty, and would create jobs for youths in rural communities.
The meeting in Abeokuta was aimed at reviewing the progress, exploring opportunities, and discussing options for interventions to increase cassava farmers’ access to mechanisation services in a sustainable manner.
During the field trip, participants assessed what weed control options are available for cassava farmers in particular, and most importantly, to what extent the AATF led Cassava Mechanisation and Agroprocessing Project (CAMAP) has impacted on the lives of rural farmers.
A joint resolution by participants endorsed mechanisation in cassava as the way to go to help resource-poor farmers, especially women and youths out of poverty.
Dr Emmanuel Okogbenin, AATF Director of Technical Operations while presenting the communiqué of the meeting noted that mechanisation such as the simple motorisedweeders could create a big impact at farm level, considering that majority of African farmers operate on small scale.
Based on CAMAP’s experience, tractors and other bigger machinery are also critical for mechanisation where smallholder farmers could be mobilised into clusters.
Participants unanimously agreed that the CAMAP approach to mechanisation deserve support from donors and governments so that the initiative could be taken to scale.
There was also the consensus that future intervention in mechanisation in the country should capitalise on and align efforts with ongoing government initiatives such as the Agriculture Equipment Hiring Enterprises.
http://guardian.ng/features/simple-motorised-weeders-lessen-cassava-farmers-burden/

Messages to Farmers

  • Obtain quality fertilizers from reputable suppliers especially FEPSAN members
  • Store unused fertilizer away from children, fire, rain and entry of foreign material.
  • Form groups/associations to benefit from group/association dynamics
  • Allow your crops to fully mature to get quality and value
  • Report adulterated fertilizer to the appropriate authority

Upcoming Events

  • International Training Organized by IFDC & IFA, Date: October 2 – 6 2017, Venue: Marrakesh, Morocco. Read more
  • International Conference Organized by I-conference / OCP, Date: October 18 – 19 2017, Venue: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Read more
  • 3rd AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week 2017, Date: 30 October to 3 November 2017. Venue: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Read more
  • IFDC’s 2-week USA Training & Study Tour, Dates: August 21 – September 1, 2017, Venue: USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.)  Read more
  • AGRIKEXPO & NABG Conference 2017, Date: September 25-27, 2017. Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria,.Read more
  • 31st Annual Argus FMB Europe Fertilizer conference, Date: 18 – 20 October 2017, Venue: W Hotel in Barcelona. Read more.
  • Urban Agri Summit 2017, Date: 7th - 8th September, 2017, Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more
  • IFDC International Training Program, Date: November 6-10, 2017, Venue: Arusha, Tanzania. Read more
  • 5th Addis Agrofood Agriculture, Agricultural Machineries, Food, Food Technologies and Packaging Exhibition, Date: 08-11 December 2017, Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read more

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To provide a platform for the stakeholders in the public and private sectors of the fertilizer industry to develop effective public private partnerships in order to ensure timely supply of adequate quantity and quality fertilizers; and to promote professional, moral and ethical practices in the industry.

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Attain improved productivity and environmental sustainability of Nigerian Agriculture through balanced and judicious use of fertilizers....Attain improved productivity and environmental sustainability of Nigerian Agriculture through balanced and judicious use of fertilizer...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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