‘Fertilizer’ trees help African farmers increase yields

Extension programmes aimed at helping African farmers grow crops more efficiently are showing some good results. Many subsistence farmers are using fertilizer trees to help enrich depleted soils. In many cases, the trees, which fix nitrogen in the soil, have doubled yields of maize. Fertilizer trees enhance soil health by drawing nitrogen from the air and transferring it to the soil through their roots and leaf litter, replenishing exhausted soils with rich sources of organic nutrients. Scientists at the World Agro-forestry Centre have been working since the 1980s to identify indigenous tree species, such as a fast growing variety of acacia that can be planted alongside crops to improve soil fertility. It’s a hopeful sign for a continent battered by weather extremes, famine and record food prices. Read more here.
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AGRA makes great impact in agriculture – SARI

Dr. Stephen Nutsugah, the Director of the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has lauded a giant stride made by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Ghana’s agricultural sector. A field demonstration was held to find out the improvement of the soil fertility after application of various methods to improve the soil’s health and to educate farmers on the need to improve soil health through the application of chemicals such as fertilizer. Dr. Nutsugah said the gains made by AGRA were as a result of the dissemination of appropriate soil fertility management technologies by the project implementation team and stakeholders in the production chain. Read more here.
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