A technology able to address declining soil fertility in food production has been made available to smallholder farmers in Ghana
Introduced by the Soil Research Institute (SRI), part of
To date, more than 15,000 farmers in the country have been accessing the strip inter-cropping and rotation technology, which sees two or more crops grown simultaneously in different strips to increase productivity and enhance soil health.
“All together, by the third year, we’re looking at 50,000 farmers to be exposed to this technology and we want it to be sustained,” said SRI project manager Dr Edward Yeboah.
Yeboah explained, “You can have three seasons of cowpea until the cassava is fully matured for 12 months and you harvest and then rotate.
“With this integrated soil fertility management option that we’re promoting, you can move the cowpea to as high as 2.4 tonnes per ha and you can also have the cassava in the range of 40-50 tonnes per ha.”