Tuesday, November 08, 2005

African farmers share traditional knowledge

According to this news:
Farmers in Tanzania and Kenya are developing sustainable crop protection strategies — and spreading the word when they hit on a solution which works for them. When they observe positive results in the field, they spread the message via radio programmes, printed materials and traditional music and drama, so that farmers in other districts can try similar tactics. The initiative is part of the UK Department for International Development Crop Protection Programme. The programme builds on farmers’ traditional knowledge, adding scientific knowledge about pests, diseases and weeds and options for their management. In Tanzania’s Singida district, peasant farmers have been helped to develop traditional crop protection methods against seed-eating birds, mainly queleaquelea, as an alternative to expensive and damaging agrochemicals. They use traditional early warning information on the migratory patterns of the birds.

DFID Crop Protection Programme
Park House
Bradbourne Lane
Kent ME20 6SN
Fax: +44-1732 220498
Such a program can very well be replicated in India.

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