Bean breeding gets a boost
Beans are a popular food and cash crop in Cameroon but in recent years, yields from commonly planted varieties have been in decline because of disease, pest attack and poor soil fertility. In response, the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) has released seven bean varieties which are more resistant to pests and diseases and able to adapt to different soils. The new varieties are now being multiplied by farmers, trained by IRAD, in order to meet demand both in Cameroon and more widely in the region. Senior researcher Laurent Nounamo explains more about the work to Martha Chindong.
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