Research results applied on small farms
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CTA. 1986. Research results applied on small farms. Spore 2. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Cameroon's National Root Crops Improvement Programme (CNRCIP) has launched an extensive effort to apply the results of experiment station research on small farms. This is to be accomplished through researcher-managed verification trials of improved...
Cameroon's National Root Crops Improvement Programme (CNRCIP) has launched an extensive effort to apply the results of experiment station research on small farms. This is to be accomplished through researcher-managed verification trials of improved seeds farmer-managed demonstration trials and farmer-managed multiplication of improved clones. Some 430 sweet potato trials were conducted on small farms in three agro-ecological zones, according to a report by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria. Over 200 individual farmers, plus groups of farmers in 79 villages cooperated. Only about 5 % of the trials failed, and this was due to lack of care The IITA improved sweet potato clones used in the trials TIB 1 and 527034 yielded two to five times more than the best available local clones, and their taste rating was 'good' to 'very good'. The improved varieties showed greater tolerance to diseases and pests. Farmers are now planting them on a large scale during the dry and early rainy seasons The CNRCIP is a cooperative venture involving Cameroon's Institute of Agricultural Research (IRA), IITA, and two donors: Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Belgium's General Agency for Development and Cooperation (AGCD) For further information contact IITA Oyo Road PMB 5320 Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria