More extension work needed
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CTA. 1998. More extension work needed. Spore 77. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Mr D. Koulangar Ngartoubam, of the ONDR in Chad is musing about a strange rumour which is holding back the growth of soya in his region. 'In this day and age, soya is a very important crop all over the world, as a source of protein and vegetable...
Mr D. Koulangar Ngartoubam, of the ONDR in Chad is musing about a strange rumour which is holding back the growth of soya in his region. 'In this day and age, soya is a very important crop all over the world, as a source of protein and vegetable oil. It is used extensively in various dishes [...] The sub-section of the rural development division (ONDR) in the Soudano zone at Moundou started a project to develop the cultivation of soya, in view of its value in human and animal nutrition, and its important role in improving soil fertility. During the first few years, it was a success. Then there was a fall in the area sown, whereas we had expected the area to increase. We started to enquire as to the reasons for this decline. It was not easy to get a proper answer but, when pressed hard, the farmers told us that eating soya leads to impotence, and that was why they did not want to grow it any more. We asked them how they knew this, or to tell us where they had heard that soya makes a man impotent. They replied by telling us that each time they ate soya, they were no longer the virile man they used to be. We told them some other reasons as to why they were less virile, but they remained unconvinced. They are sticking to their position and, as a result, on top of it all, they are standing in the way of soya being cultivated more widely.' Our correspondent hopes that some relevant authority will be able 'to give some clarification so that we can lay this tale down to rest.'