New emphasis for SACCAR
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CTA. 1988. New emphasis for SACCAR. Spore 18. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Southern African Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Research (SACCAR) Africa's main regional agricultural institution, is to extend its research programme to include work on cash crops. SACCAR was established in 1985 by the Southern African...
The Southern African Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Research (SACCAR) Africa's main regional agricultural institution, is to extend its research programme to include work on cash crops. SACCAR was established in 1985 by the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), which identified agricultural research as having a key role to play in improving agricultural production in the region. SACCAR's director, Martin Kyomo, says that in the past although research efforts concentrated on crops and livestock, they tended to ignore the needs and problems of farmers in marginal areas, where land was less productive. A meeting of the agricultural ministers of the nine member countries of SADCC concluded that SACCAR should also concentrate on cash crops such as vegetables, fruit, cotton and horticultural products. These are deemed to have the potential to increase the income of both small farmers and the nation. SACCAR will also be investigating ways of coping with the problems posed to farmers by the prolonged droughts which affect the area. In addition to its own research and training programmes, SACCAR also acts as a central point for the coordination of, regional information, drawn from the seven major agricultural colleges in the SADCC countries, and publishes both a quarterly journal of agriculture and a bi-annual newsletter. For more details, contact: SACCAR Private Bag 10108 Gaborone BOTSWANA
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