Farmers at Nyomoase within the Atebubu-Amantin Municipality of the Brong Ahafo neighborhood are glad to embody an improved technology in yam creation.
The farm is the school room the place the farmers and research scientists get themselves busy with the soil to learn find out how to better produce yam for larger sales and reduction in drudgery.
At the finish of eight months in discipline activities – planting and evaluation of vegetative stage, an examination is undertaken through harvest and evaluation of the variations in crop yields between an introduced elevated technology and the farmers’ practice.
Sumaila Rufai, a 32 12 months-historic father of 4, is enthused on the new talents of generating more than one planting materials of seed yam.
“we have now been very wasteful with the usage of seed yams,” he found. “For example, instead of planting a seed on one mound, now i know i will do this on four-5 mounds”.
This and other nice agronomic practices are off-shoots of the technology introduced to the farmers.
The participatory approach is the exceptional to motivate farmers to adopt new agricultural applied sciences, in line with study scientists from the vegetation research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial study (CSIR).
The introduction of the “expanded Agronomic technologies for Sustainable Yam construction” involves the use of mechanized ridges and minimum staking per unit subject, dubbed “trellis”, as well as fertilizer utility on regularly cropped fields.
“…and you’ll discover the yield as we weigh is set 35-50percent increase on the ridges as in comparison with the farmers’ observe and you can find the sprout price used to be better on the ridges as in comparison with the mounds,” famous Eric Owusu Danquah, a Yam Agronomist leading the project.
The mission is underneath the West Africa Agriculture productiveness Programme (WAAPP), funded through the world bank. Trials are taking place on selected farmers’ fields within Ejuraand Atebubu-Amantin yam producing agro-ecological zones of Ghana. .
The 5-year venture ends in 2017 and already the technology developers are convinced with the price of adoption.
Hannah Adade is a 65-year historical mother of seven. She has been assisting her husband in yam production for over forty years, long adequate to respect the benefits of the improved production technological know-how.
“we’ve more yield now growing yam on ridges than with mounds,” she said. “I motivate different farmers to return on board to additionally advantage”.
The usage of the mechanized ridges reduces drudgery, which inspires women like Madam Hannah to venture into yam creation for expanded livelihoods.
Yam is a predominant meals crop and Ghana is a lead exporter of the commodity.
On the whole, yam produced with mounds provide larger tubers however it’s tricky to fulfill the export market requisites. Ridges however provide huge weight for export and likewise support in protection.
The researchers are collaborating with the Ministry of food and Agriculture to fabricate and make available Mechanized Ridgers at vantage elements to ease farmers’ entry to go into production.
At Nyomoase, the farmers and researchers took the risk of planting the yam in drought, because the rains did not pour in June and July, 2015.
“Even planting in drought you will discover that the yields are nonetheless better,” mentioned Mr. Owusu Danquah after harvesting the yam in December, touting the local weather-reliance of the science.
Farmers, frequently, are inclined to clear new fields for yam production, in which system they make a contribution to deforestation and depletion of carbon sinks that eventually leads to local weather alternate.
“we are encouraging farmers to plant on always cropped fields and that implies they’ll not open up new areas, so at the least we have our carbon sinks intact; and it is a science which makes use of ropes and few stakes, so the farmers do not need to fell bushes for staking. So this is local weather resilient,” Mr. Owusu Danquah mentioned.