Simple technique to tackle yam diseases

Obtaining disease-free seed yams is a challenge for farmers in Nigeria - IITA

Obtaining disease-free seed yams is a challenge for farmers in Nigeria
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Yam farmers in West Africa often fail to get good yields, with one major cause being disease in their crop. Unfortunately, diseases can be passed from one generation of the crop to the next, through the planting material. In response, farmers and scientists have been experimenting with a new technique to produce seed yam for planting, which has the advantages of producing more seed yams which are also free of diseases. Beatrice Aighewi and Danny Coyne, two researchers who have been working with yam farmers in Nigeria, discuss how the technique works and the benefits it offers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Country:
Africa
Duration:
7'06"
Date published:
February 2013
 
 
 

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