Cassava multiplication in plastic bags
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CTA. 1989. Cassava multiplication in plastic bags. Spore 20. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Cassava ministem cuttings popped into polyethylene sprout within seven days. The sprouted cuttings establish more quickly in the field and the crop is thus ready for harvesting earlier. Five years ago scientists at the International Institute for...
Cassava ministem cuttings popped into polyethylene sprout within seven days. The sprouted cuttings establish more quickly in the field and the crop is thus ready for harvesting earlier. Five years ago scientists at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria, developed a technique for sprouting cassava cuttings. This involved putting the cuttings into plastic bags with soil. The cuttings took four to six weeks to sprout, and there was the added labour for handling the soil. There was also the danger of the soil carrying pests and diseases. With the new technique the ministem cuttings are dipped in a fungicide, then they are put directly into perforated polyethylene bags and stored in a shaded area. Depending the variety of cassava, 95% to 100% of the cuttings sprout within 7 days. High humidities and temperatures promote a quick and uniform sprouting. In trials with three varieties of cassava, sprouted cuttings were transplanted into the field. After eight weeks 86% to 89% of the cuttings were growing well. For more details, contact: IITA PMB 5320 Oyo Road Ibadan Nigeria