Farmer innovation in Rwanda
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CTA. 1990. Farmer innovation in Rwanda. Spore 28. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Farmers in Rwanda have been encouraged to adopt and adapt certain farming techniques developed and practised by Asian farmers. Four groups of farmers were questioned about the problems they faced in being able to extend and expand their...
Farmers in Rwanda have been encouraged to adopt and adapt certain farming techniques developed and practised by Asian farmers. Four groups of farmers were questioned about the problems they faced in being able to extend and expand their agriculture. Lack of land and cash were two of the problems cited. However, the groups were encouraged to try to exploit their available land further by growing rice in the wet land between their raised beds of sweet potato. They were also encouraged to grow Sesbania to improve the fertility of their soil. In Asia, Sesbania is used for medicine, forage and a short-cycle green manure before growing rice. After the first season, although the rice yield was affected by disease associated with being the, rown at low temperatures (the nearest rice cultivation areas is 200m lower), the farmers expressed their satisfaction. The pattern that is emerging among the groups is to grow rice during the rains in paddies, then in the long dry season, to rebuild the beds for sweet potato. Different experimental approaches with Sesbania have included ploughing it in before growing rice, intercropping it with maize, cabbage or yams, and growing it along bed edges for cutting. Michael Loevinsohn International Development Research Centre BP 259 - Butare - RWANDA