Girl Planting seeds

Smart agriculture in action

In Ngoulemakong commune in Cameroon’s Sud Province, solar driers have been used since early 2018 to dry cassava and store it for longer, allowing farmers to get better prices. Hitherto, farmers were forced to sell their crop quickly at rock-bottom prices, and often ended up making a loss. So far, over 500 cassava farmers have reduced their post-harvest losses and obtained higher prices, while at the same time creating a market opportunity for solar drier suppliers. In Uganda’s Kingdom of Buganda, the local government has won a US$141 million contract for its farmers to supply cassava to Uganda Breweries. Hitherto, a major challenge was to provide a regular supply of quality cassava. Now, solar-powered micro-irrigation is being used to enhance yields and solar driers are helping to preserve surplus crops for later use. Several hectares have been set aside in Busiro County to produce cuttings for use in all 18 of the Kingdom’s counties.  Read more...

 

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