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IITA holds training on techniques for weed management in cassava

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International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan. (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) will be holding a two-day training on innovative technologies for weed management in cassava in July.

This programme is part of efforts aimed at sharing to a wider audience proven research findings generated from the IITA-Cassava Weed Management Project that have helped farmers to record 20-32 tons per hectare of cassava.

Titled, “Novel techniques for Weed Management in Cassava Farming Systems,” the training, scheduled for July 2-3, 2018, in IITA Ibadan, seeks to enhance participants’ skill in weed management in cassava farming systems.

According to a statement, the specific objectives of the course are to: teach participants how to carry out good land preparation and control weeds; building the capacity of participants to understand what to look out for when selecting a site for cassava cultivation; identify different types of herbicides and how they work; demonstrate the steps involved in calibration; create awareness on the importance of safe use of herbicides; and to teach participants the business side of weed management in cassava.

The training course, according to the statement has four modules covering land preparation and best bet agronomic practices in cassava, herbicides use and safety, calibration, and the business side of weed management.

It added that the training course is designed for heads of departments, extension agents, agricultural officers, heads of crop protection, extension advisory service providers, farm managers, and spray service providers.

“There will be both theoretical and practical sessions. It is expected that the interested organisations will nominate participants in their organisations.


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