Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Raise Quality Vegetable Seedlings in Trays

When you plant vegetable seedlings directly in the soil, you can lose a lot of seedlings to disease, and transplanting them in the field takes a lot of work.Plant vegetable seedlings in plastic or...

How to Prevent Pests from Entering Seedbeds

Vegetable seedlings are exposed to pests, such as grasshoppers, caterpillars and snails that cut the tender stems or feed on leaves. Many pests are active at night, when we are asleep.When white-flies suck the...

How to Make Drip Irrigation for Tomatoes & Other Vegetables

Advantages of Irrigation With irrigation you can grow vegetables in the dry season. Low cost drip irrigation saves water, lets you grow more tomatoes and double your profits.Drip irrigation applies water drop by drop. The...

How to Control Mealybugs in Cassava

What are Mealybugs? There are different kinds of mealybugs. Each kind has a slightly different shape. They may be white, pinkish or greenish.A single mealybug can produce many young bugs that are so small they...

Mucuna: An Organic Fertilizer and Herbicide

Many farmers plant cassava in between the maize at the beginning of the main rainy season. Some farmers grow another maize crop during the second wet season. But with rainfall being unpredictable, farmers risk...

How to Preserve Rice Seed

Seed is alive. A good harvest starts by planting healthy seed. Most farmers save their own rice seed for sowing the following year. This living seed must be stored properly to stay healthy.Air and...

How to Parboil Paddy Rice

Reasons for parboiling rice Properly parboiled rice is clean, and easy to cook. It is tasty, nutritious and does not break. Parboiled rice is easier to mill and sells for a better price.First the paddy...

How to Grow Cassava in Poor Soil

Cassava grows even in poor, dry soils. But when harvested too early, the cassava tubers are small. They are poor in starch, and full of fibres and water.How does cassava grow? A few days after...

How to Fight Striga With Fertile Soil

Striga is a parasitic weed that attacks cereal crops. Soil that is fertilized with manure has less striga and produces a better crop. See picture belowManure, urine and treesTethering or corralling animals on...
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General Information about Cocoa

Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.), also called ‘Food of the gods’, is a cash crop and tropical plant cultivated primarily for cocoa beans which are used to make cocoa powder and butter. Cocoa has three...

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