Maruca resistant cowpea possibly available for free by 2018

Smallholder farmers in West Africa may get free access to newly developed Bt cowpea seed that are resistant to the Maruca pod borer pest in the coming year. The cowpea is one of Africa’s indigenous crops, and is a good source of plant based protein for human consumption, as well…

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Tomato production: The versatile and vulnerable crop

The tomato is a hugely popular crop with good demand from local markets. Because of its susceptibility to pests and diseases the tomato is considered to be a tricky crop and growers have to stay on their toes to keep their lands disease free and their plants healthy. Tomatoes can…

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Tomato production: The versatile and vulnerable crop
A healthy tomato plant is the farmer’s best way to a good harvest.

Stalk borer decimates 2 500 hectares of maize in northern Zambia

The northern parts of Zambia have been hit by a fresh attack of stalk borer which invaded 2 500 hectares of maize fields. The area most affected is Kaputa district, Northern Province, where the maize crop was attacked from the cobs. “This is the second attack this month. We tackled…

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Bumper maize harvest expected in Zambia despite pests

The Zambian government says only 10% of the maize lands attacked by army worm needs to be replanted, reinforcing expert predictions of a bumper harvest. This despite setbacks suffered due to pests. The ministry of agriculture says army worm is now under control and measures are in place to prevent…

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