Conservation agriculture: No-till and perfect seed placement

Correct seed placement and depth are critical for successful no-till crop production. As is the case with conventional agriculture, farmers have to use specialised planting machinery to ensure correct seed placement and depth. Richard Findlay from the No-till Club of KwaZulu-Natal, explains that one of the major differences with no-till…

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Rwanda introducing new seed varieties in push to end imports

The Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) says it has distributed 4 out of the 16 mango seed varieties that have been under research and evaluation for possible adoption since 2012. In submissions made to the Senatorial Committee on Social Affairs, RAB Director General Dr. Mark Bagabe said the mango tests are…

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Namibia rolls out new seed varieties for major staple crops

Namibian farmers have started testing the first batch of 4 staple crop seeds that were treated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria through irradiation. The crops have been adapted to Namibian conditions by local agricultural scientists using the induced mutation breeding method. The project, which covers cowpeas,…

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‘Smallholder access to seed variety poor’ – Julius Shawa

More than 1 million smallholder Zambians still battle to get improved seed varieties. This according to Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa, who said it is hindering productivity in the agriculture sector. Shawa also cited weak organisational structures, low investment and poor knowledge management as additional barriers to improving…

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