Atser said that the training was aimed at empowering farmers with the knowledge to boost cassava and maize productivity and yield per hectare.
This, he added, would subsequently increase farmers’ incomes, improve their standard of living and create jobs for more people.
“To ensure a seamless and successful dissemination of the six steps to cassava weed management and best planting practices tool, the team has developed videos and translated same into local languages: Igbo, Yoruba and Tiv, targeting the respective zones.
“Farmers, who use the toolkit, have more than doubled their cassava yield from the national average of nine tonnes per ha to more than 20 tonnes per ha.
“It is amazing to see how the tool is changing the face of cassava farmers,” he said.
Also, Dr Alfred Dixon, the IITA Director for Development and Delivery, described the toolkit as an innovation that combined a set of agronomic recommendations and plant protection products to control weeds and increase cassava productivity.
“In this, subscribers in Nigeria can dial 3-2-1 and get information on cassava weed management and other agronomic practices free of charge, up to 10 times in a month.
“The idea is to get the recommendations to thousands of farmers across Nigeria and Tanzania so that they can get better yield from cassava farming,” Dixon said.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi and ‘Wale Sadeeq
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