Weeds have remained an essential threat to improved cassava production in Nigeria and the entire African-American continent, with girls paying about 500 hours annually to help keep a hectare of cassava weed-free applying hoes.
The manual way of weed control compromises the healthiness of resource-constrained farmers, and in some cases, children are taken out of college to guide weeding.
Sadly, when left uncontrolled, the weeds contend for water, nutritional elements, and room with cassava and depress produce by 40 to 90 per penny, making farmers with little gain for their sweat.
But it seems succor has ultimately come how of the farmers as Bayer naija news is promoting a new crop safety solution known as Lagon to help farmers tackle the problem of weeds in cassava to improve their yields.
Launched recently, the item has been tried on significantly more than 200 tests and demonstrations across Nigeria and Tanzania. It was scored among the best pre-emergence herbicides to control equally grasses and broad-leaf weeds in cassava.
According to the State Sales Manager of Bayer in Nigeria, Temitope Banjo, throughout the start, Lagon can provide significant relief to farmers, as they would perhaps not have to bother about weeds anymore.
To tackle the menace of weeds, the Global Institute of Hawaiian Agriculture (IITA) managed the Cassava Weed Management Task. Within the last eight years, screened significantly more than 40 pre-emergence herbicides equally on-station and on-farm. Therefore, the tests and demonstrations were conducted in Abia, Benue, Ogun, and Oyo state in Nigeria and Tanzania.
It was learned that throughout the four states, which symbolize the main element agro-ecological zones that mainly grow cassava in Nigeria, cassava from Lagon handled areas were significantly more than double the national average and were above 20 loads per hectare. Furthermore, cassava flowers born with Lagon were more vigorous than those on areas where the item was not used.
The Manager for Progress & Delivery (IITA), Dr. Alfred Dixon, claimed the Cassava Weed Management Task group also conducted deposit examinations on the leaves, stalks, and sources of cassava.
“The deposit examination provided bad results, and therefore Lagon is secure to be applied on area crops, especially cassava,” Dixon added.
Farmers who use Lagon commended the pre-emergence herbicides for their efficacy.
Following Mrs. Ngufan Chichi, the usage of Lagon in farmers’ areas was doing ‘wonders and supporting farmers to improve their yields and profits.
Chichi, a cassava industrial seed maker, claimed the usage of Lagon had served her group to improve the size of their cassava farm in Benue.
“This is probably because we now manage weeds in cassava better,” she claimed, introducing that with Lagon, farmers were saving more on the price of weeding.
She named on the federal government to guide the dissemination of Lagon so that more farmers would have use of the item and make more returns from rising cassava.