This post was originally published at Agric Arena and has been republished with permission.
Cassava production is usually faced with myriad of problems ranging from pests and diseases (cassava mosaic disease, cassava bacterial blight, cassava anthracnose disease, cassava bud necrosis, root rots, mealybugs, green mite etc), weather related problems, poor soil, land dilapidation, damage by livestock, danger imposed by excessive use of fertilizers, scarcity of cuttings, poor accessibility to markets, etc, and all this problems affects the yield.
These problems can be averted, if these measures are considered when investing into cassava production, in other to maximize yield.
- Plant cassava on a land that is fertile and not water logged.
- Regular farm sanitation.
- Use healthy cuttings for cassava production.
- Plant cassava at the beginning of the wet season.
- Use clean planting material.
- Sanitize all the equipment used on the farm regularly.
- Carry out crop rotation and fallowing.
- Weed when it is necessary.
- Proper plant spacing.
- Use of resistant cultivars.
- Do not intercrop with crops that are susceptible to nematode.
- Do not plant cassava too close to a river or flowing water.
- Do not plant cassava on a land that has previously been infested.
- Avoid planting cuttings that has visible signs of infection.
- Avoid delay/late harvesting.
Prevention is better than cure.
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