Lightening the workload
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CTA. 1988. Lightening the workload. Spore 18. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In order to sow as soon as possible after the first rains, farmers must be able to prepare their fields quickly. Two new pieces of equipment for animal traction which would speed up this work have recently been developed by the Centre for Research...
In order to sow as soon as possible after the first rains, farmers must be able to prepare their fields quickly. Two new pieces of equipment for animal traction which would speed up this work have recently been developed by the Centre for Research and Experimentation of Tropical Agricultural Machinery (CEEMAT) in France. The first is a tine that enables soil compacted during the dry season to be broken up and worked down to 15 cm before the first rains. This ensures good infiltration of water and paves the way for seed bed preparation as soon as the first major rain arrives. The second piece of equipment is the 'rolicultivator'. It is a cross between a pulverizing disk, and a rolling tine, usually pulled by a tractor. Adapted to animal traction, it consists of an indented, curving disk roller that can prepare about 62 cm of soil (about three plough furrows) m a single passage. Soil preparation is thus much faster. Tested in Burkina Faso and Botswana, both of these new farm implements can easily be made and repaired in local workshops. For more details, contact: G. Le Thiec, D. Bordet CEEMAT Parc de Tourvoie 92160 Antony FRANCE
SubjectsCROP PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION;
- CTA Spore (English)