|01 April 2010
||Science Alert: Fertiliser doubles bananas |
Adding a fertiliser also shortened the crop cycle, yielding more frequent harvests. And according to a related study by IITA and Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organisation, it also improved the taste.
|31 March 2010
||SciDev:Agricultural mega-programmes 'will not attract funding'|
Hartmann, director-general of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, another CGIAR centre, said it would be more effective to have four mega-programmes based on regions rather than topic areas: tropical Americas, tropical Africa, tropical Asia and arid lands.
|30 March 2010
||News Star: IITA’s research boosts agric production|
“The IITA improved varieties are performing well in farmers’ fields because breeding has always been targeted at particular ecological zones and specific production constraints relating to pests and diseases. For example, maize varieties that are drought-tolerant are targeted for the drought-prone regions, while stemborer-resistant varieties make it possible for maize to thrive in the southeastern zone of the country where stemborers are a major challenge,” said Prof. Peter Oyekan, Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee of Crop Varieties Release in Nigeria.
|30 March 2010
||SciDev: Targeted fertiliser can double banana yield|
Some 70 million people across Africa rely on bananas for food or income, but less than five per cent of banana farmers use any fertiliser, according to Piet van Asten, a system agronomist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Uganda, who conducted the study with Lydia Wairegi, a PhD student at Uganda's Makerere University.
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