ATNESA workshop stimulates regional cooperation
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CTA. 1992. ATNESA workshop stimulates regional cooperation. Spore 40. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Improving animal traction technology The first workshop of the Animal Traction Network for Eastern and Southern Africa was held from 18-23 January, 1992, in Lusaka, Zambia.
The first workshop of the Animal Traction Network for Eastern and Southern Africa was held from 18-23 January, 1992, in Lusaka, Zambia. The overall theme of the workshop was Improving animal traction technology. This broad topic was chosen as a development-orientated framework for analysing and discussing research and extension experiences concerning animal draft power. Seven interrelated subthemes were selected to allow contributors and discussion groups to focus on particular research and development topics: - Improving the profitability of animal traction; - Improving draft animal management; - Improving tillage and weeding technology; - Improving implement supply/distribution - Women and animal traction technology; and - Improving animal powered transport; The workshop highlighted the great importance of animal traction as a major element in the smallholder farming systems of the region The use of draft animals is expanding in most countries and in some areas almost all smallholder farmers now use animal draft power. Cows are increasingly used for work and research and extension workers should give more attention to this farmer-led process, likewise to the role of donkeys for cultivation and transport. The lack of accessiblity of animal traction technology to women was another issue raised by the workshop. It was recommended that promotion schemes should ensure that women benefit directly. But the overriding issue affecting all other factors relating to animal traction is profitabilty. Animal traction will only be sustainable if it is profitable to al1 concerned, including manufacturers of spares and suppliers of animals. ATNESA Mr Emmanuel Mwenya Animal Draft Power Coordinator Agriculture Engineering Section Department of Agriculture PO Box 50291 Lusaka ZAMBIA