Soya seed treatment to boost yields

As a legume, soya bean helps to increase soil fertility and is also a valuable cash crop - FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

As a legume, soya bean helps to increase soil fertility and is also a valuable cash crop
© FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

In Malawi, soya bean has a growing market as an ingredient in livestock feed. In Mchinji district, farmers who once grew tobacco are now turning to soya, with support from the Clinton Development Initiative and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. To maximise their harvests, the farmers are treating their seeds before planting with an inoculant. This boosts the capacity of the soya plant roots to absorb nitrogen from air pockets in the soil. The nitrogen acts as a source of fertiliser, both for the soya and for later crops, helping the farmers achieve good profits in the market. George Kalungwe speaks to farmers and their advisers about how the seed treatment works and the benefits it has brought.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interview by:
Country:
Malawi
Duration:
6'27"
Date published:
October 2012
 
 
 

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