Ploughing is donkey work
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CTA. 1997. Ploughing is donkey work. Spore 71. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A plough which is small and light enough to be pulled by donkeys and small oxen is now being manufactured in Zimbabwe as a result of cooperation between the Silsoe Research Institute, UK and Bulawayo Steel Products Ltd in Zimbabwe.Research carried...
A plough which is small and light enough to be pulled by donkeys and small oxen is now being manufactured in Zimbabwe as a result of cooperation between the Silsoe Research Institute, UK and Bulawayo Steel Products Ltd in Zimbabwe. Research carried out by SRI and research partners .has found that the average size of draught animals available in sub-Saharan Africa bas significantly reduced. As a result of drought conditions to which small animals are better adapted, small oxen are the only available power source in many areas, whilst in others only donkeys are available. These smaller animals have difficulty in pulling traditional ploughs which are too large for them, and this is causing serious problems for some smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. The new plough requires up to 20% less draught effort than traditional ploughs and is suitable for smaller animals. Following successful tests carried out by SRI and the Institute of Agricultural Engineering in Zimbabwe, the plough is becoming very popular, with five hundred sold in the last few months atone. There bas also been demand from Zambia, Botswana and other Southern African countries. [caption to illustration] A small plough designed for donkey power Kelly Holman Marketing Communications Manager, Silsoe Research Institute Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedford MK45 4HS, UK