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Integrated Management of Insects, Diseases and Weeds

  • Boaz Waswa
  • b.waswa@cgiar.org

Common bean is susceptible to diverse pests and diseases that strongly impact on its productivity. At the same time, inappropriate pesticide use may cause health and environmental risks and result in resistance of pests. For instance, use of chemical substances to control pests like beetles, aphids, cutworms, leaf spots, crown rots and common grassy or broadleaf weeds poses selective pressure …

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Mechanical and Chemical Weed Management

  • Boaz Waswa
  • b.waswa@cgiar.org

Common bean is a relatively weak competitor with weeds and when overgrown by them yield losses from 60 to 100% can occur. Encroachment of weeds causes inefficient use of fertilizer inputs and may harbor pests and diseases, or exude chemicals that have a negative impact upon bean root systems (allelopathy). Tall-growing weeds shade the crop, making stems weak and easily …

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Low-Cost Staking for Climbing Beans

  • Boaz Waswa
  • b.waswa@cgiar.org

Adopting climbing bean offers a potential for increasing bean production in Africa, however, a major challenge to growing climbing beans is the requirement for plant support. Many farmers find this added expense difficult to meet and inadequate staking results in yield loss of 50% to 90%. This challenge is the most limiting factor for optimized yields and advancing wider adoption …

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Specialty fertilizer blends for common bean

  • Boaz Waswa
  • b.waswa@cgiar.org

Common bean production in Sub-Saharan Africa suffers widely from low nutrient availabilities in soils. To counter this conditions, blends of fertilizers specifically for common bean are known and available that provide a balanced supply of nutrients. These fertilizer blends contain phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and other nutrients in proportions that are aligned with soil fertility status and crop requirements. In some …

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Seed dressing of common bean with fungicide and insecticide

  • Boaz Waswa
  • b.waswa@cgiar.org

Attacks of common bean by fungal diseases such as anthracnose, damping off or root rots, and insect pests like stem maggots are responsible for large yield losses in Africa. Control measures against these pathogens have to be taken early on in the season for avoiding damage of common bean crops. The small gains in common bean yields across Eastern and …

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Flour milling and blending systems

  • Zewdie Bishaw
  • z.bishaw@cgiar.org

Farmers and traders can add value by grinding wheat into flour that can be stored for several months and used to make a variety of processed food products such as bread, biscuits, cakes, porridges and pasta. Manual techniques for producing wheat flour are employed by many communities in Sub-Saharan Africa which do not provide large market opportunities because the quality …

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Combine harvesters and fleet management

  • Zewdie Bishaw
  • z.bishaw@cgiar.org

A combine harvester is a type of modern agricultural machinery that performs multiple harvesting operations, i.e., reaping, threshing, gathering, and winnowing, in a single process. Combine harvesters are available in a broad range of sizes, going from small units that can handle several hectares per day to very large units for major operations that can handle several hectares per hour. …

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Hermetic bags for safe storage of grains

  • Zewdie Bishaw
  • z.bishaw@cgiar.org

Large post-harvest losses of wheat grain take place in Sub-Sahara Africa because of improper storage techniques and pest infestation which gravely affect the food security and livelihoods of farmers. To avoid this risk grains are immediately sold after harvest by farmers when market prices are at their lowest. The hermetic storage technology for grains allows to overcome this challenge by …

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