New tine to save time
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CTA. 1993. New tine to save time. Spore 44. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A new cultivating tine will enable farmers in Burkina Faso to cultivate their lands before the rains break, and therefore to plant their millet much earlier. This should lead to higher yields as the crops will get the benefit of a longer growing...
A new cultivating tine will enable farmers in Burkina Faso to cultivate their lands before the rains break, and therefore to plant their millet much earlier. This should lead to higher yields as the crops will get the benefit of a longer growing season. Farmers cannot normally cultivate their fields until the first rains have softened the soil. By the time the soil is suitable for planting millet, much of the rain has already fallen. This problem was identified by the French organisation Centre d'Etudes et d'Experimentation en M\E9canisation Agricole et Technologie alimentaire (CEEMAT) and their engineers designed a tine that could be attached to existing equipment and which could be made cheaply by local blacksmiths. Prior to the beginning of the 1992 growing season in a collaborative project between Silsoe Research Institute and the Institut National d'Etudes et de Recherche Agronomique (INERA), farmers were provided with tines of CEEMAT design that had been made locally. These farmers were able to prepare their land much earlier and plant their crops as soon as the rams arrived. They found that their crops withstood short, dry periods far better than they normally did; crops also appeared to be more uniform. Earlier soil preparation also meant that draught animals were in a better condition than they would have been at the very end of the dry season: farmers using the new tines should thus be able to cultivate more land. Silsoe Research Institute, Wrest Park Silsoe, Bedford, MK45 4HS, UK