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It's important to combine box info suitable to coverage with a world evaluate with updated info for synthesis into situations and a imaginative and prescient of the way destiny learn and improvement in agriculture can most sensible aid people who are so much needy and feature little entry to effective assets. the final job is a giant problem for policy-makers and the rural examine institution. it's also of shock in educating agricultural scholars with the intention to reply to destiny demanding situations. This book is an try and stimulate dialogue on destiny suggestions of analysis coverage, suggesting alterations of agricultural R&D for societal improvement based on the Millennium improvement targets.

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Then, an average landlord at Wajji owned 27 ha, compared to a sharecropper with 2 ha. 9 ha as grassland. 0 ha). 6 ha). 2 ha of newly met farmers at Kulumsa. This is another indication that the old power structure had not been fully dismantled. Features of Plant Husbandry and Technical Changes Soil Preparation and Farm Implements In 1967, most farmers used the ard, the bent wooden beam with a small iron or steel point for soil preparation. Only a few farmers around Kulumsa (11%) hired a tractor.

Both in 1980 and in 2003, this almanac was particularly popular among eddo growers. In 2003, the majority of farmers reported planting aroids in dark nights. In 1965, dasheen was planted about 90 x 90 cm apart, a spacing that farmers had reduced to 75 x 75 cm in 1980. For tannia, spacing was much more variable and wider than for dasheen in the mid-1960s. The majority of eddo farmers preferred a spacing of about 90 x 45 cm. No further changes in spacing were noticeable for any aroid crop in 2003.

Farmers with access to a radio declared that the programmes on agriculture, twice a week, were quite useful and even better (64%) than listening to the agricultural extension agents. In 1980, only one tenth of the farmers had listened to such radio programmes. As part of the development assistance activities in the area many demonstration plots were laid out in various extension areas up to the mid-1970s. No such plots were observed in 2004. In 2004, less than one fourth of the farmers found the contact with an extension agent useful.

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