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Innovation showcased to farmers in Iganga District
One of the innovations under incubation in the ResilientAfrica Network’s (RAN) Eastern Africa Resileince Innovation Lab, Improved Push and Pull Innovation excited farmers in Eastern Uganda. as they witnessed the controlled gardens mushrooming with the Striga weed (the major constraint to maize production in the region) being suppressed. This innovation is in its piloting stage engaging maize farmers in Iganga District.
Improved push pull project brief
Project fully funded by RAN is setup in Iganga district, Uganda
Project aims at improving maize production by controlling Striga weed, stem borer pest and naturally improve fertility of soil without use of herbicides, pestcides nor fertilizers.
The Striga weed (purple witch weed) is a parasitic weed which affects cereals like maize, sorghum and sugarcane and is very common in soils with poor fertility
A maize garden infested with Striga weed and coupled with pests (like maize stem borer) limits productivity, reduces yield and makes farming unattractive
The New improved push and pull project works on the premises of intercropping maize with Silver leaf Desmodium and lining the garden with Napier grass and Sesbania sespan
The project consists of 3 treatments i.e.
improved push pull plots
(consists of maize,desmodium,napier grass and sesbania legume)
Maize and desmodium plots
Pure maize monocrop plots
The 3 treatments have been replicated 4 times with a total of 12 setups
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