Growing cowpeas on riceland
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CTA. 1988. Growing cowpeas on riceland. Spore 17. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Pandy, R.K., 1987. A Farmers Primer on Growing Cowpea on Riceland ISBN 971 104 169 3 Available from: IRRI Los Banos Laguna Box 933 Manila PHILIPPINES
For centuries farmers have appreciated the value of cowpeas - they are well adapted to environmental stresses they enrich the soil and they are a valuable protein food. But with their long growing period, it has been difficult to fit them into cropping systems. That has changed as plant breeders have developed varieties with a shorter maturation period. Thus it is possible to include them in most cropping systems, and this is the suggestion now being made by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). In its latest book, A Farmer's Primer on Growing Cowpeas on Riceland, IRRI uses the same format which was so successful with the The Farmer's Primer on Rice. This book leads the farmer step by step through all the stages necessary to produce a successful crop. The text is minimal, and illustrations convey the maximum information. There is a brief description of the crop and the advantages of including it in the rotation with rice - the following rice crop will need 30-40 kg less nitrogen fertilizer. The management of the crop is considered in detail; harvesting, storage and eventual use; how yields can be increased; and other cropping systems that could include cowpea. As with other 'primers' the book has been designed for easy translation and co-publication in developing countries. Pandy, R.K., 1987. A Farmers Primer on Growing Cowpea on Riceland ISBN 971 104 169 3 Available from: IRRI Los Banos Laguna Box 933 Manila PHILIPPINES