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Tanzania: Weeds strangling maize production

Morogoro, 26 August 2012: Witch weeds have been listed as the major problem to agriculture sector in the country affecting over 1.7 million tonnes of maize valued at 356 million dollars per year. This was revealed yesterday by the Director of TANSEED International Limited, Mr Isaka Mashauri.

He further said that there are different measures which have to be taken including the use of fertilizers and proper seeds that resist crops diseases.

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New natural method to tame striga weed

By Kepher Otieno

Every morning Borniphas Aono, and Paul Nyakwaka look forward to tending their farms something they had not done for a while, thanks to a new farming technology.

For 15 years, the noxious striga weed affected their maize production in Yenga village, Kisumu.

Harvest time was disappointment galore. Aono recalls that he used to get about one to two bags of maize in an acre supposed to yield about six bags each season.

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Striga Project in the News

The Striga project made news lately, thanks to its outputs that have greatly contributed towards the elimination of hunger in Africa ...

This means that now Striga Project is the bona fide thing ... it's the project to be identified with

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Partnership to fight Striga

A four-year partnership among research institutes: the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), with technical support from BASF Plant Science, and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  was recently launched to protect maize and legume fields in Kenya and other African countries from the parasitic weed Striga.

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