How to grow yams and bananas
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CTA. 2005. How to grow yams and bananas. Spore 118. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Two useful booklets offer practical and easy-to-follow guidance on cultivating two key ACP crops yams and bananas.
Two useful booklets offer practical and easy-to-follow guidance on cultivating two key ACP crops yams and bananas. The yam is one of the earliest food crops known to Man. It originated in the tropical areas of Africa, South East Asia and South America, but has since become widely grown throughout the tropics. In Learn How to Grow Yams, readers are given a short history of this nutritious and economically important crop, before being shown how to cultivate it themselves. For example, how many of you knew that there are over 600 different types of yam? And did you know that more yams are grown and consumed in West Africa than in any other part of the world? Subsequent chapters include a short description of the parts of the yam, the type of rainfall, soil, light and temperature that helps it to thrive, planting methods and care, and the enemies to be most feared. A final section deals with harvesting and storing. Learn How to Grow and Market Bananas deals specifically with growing bananas in Kenya. This booklet is adapted from an earlier publication written by one of the co-authors, Pius Ngeze, a pioneering agriculturalist from Tanzania. Like the yam booklet, this manual examines the origin and history of the crop before going into a discussion of the types of bananas best suited to conditions in Kenya, advice on how to plant and maintain bananas and an analysis of some of the problems faced by banana growers. Special emphasis is placed on banana diseases and their control, as well as on pests which affect the growth of this plant. The booklet also offers helpful advice on harvesting and marketing. Learn How to Grow Yams By R M Mahungu & J O Otiende Metro Language and Communication Centre Friends-of-the-Book Foundation CTA, 2004. 22 pp. ISBN 9966 9988 5 3 CTA number 1237 5 credit points Learn How to Grow and Market Bananas By P Ngeze & M Gathumbi Acacia Publishers CTA 2004. 86 pp. ISBN 9966 917 38 1 CTA number 1236 5 credit points