Hydroponic farming – a system where plants are grown in water instead of soil – seems too high-tech and costly for smallholders in developing countries. But dairy farmers in the Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra have in recent years learnt to successfully produce quality green fodder using a simple low-cost hydroponic system.
The Mediterranean fruit fly is a worthy enemy. This pest, also known as the medfly, is widespread over the tropics, attacking and spoiling oranges, mangoes and many other fruits. Each female can lay 200 eggs in her brief lifetime—allowing rapid population growth. The medfly damages so much high value fruit, that many people would like to eradicate it entirely.
At the recent launch of the new strategy for the National Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services in Lilongwe, Malawi, Access Agriculture (www.accessagriculture.org/) was invited to participate in the exhibition titled “Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services within reach: Key to Improved Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition.”
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Prof M S Swaminathan, India
“Access Agriculture has become the world leader in training videos for smallholder farmers.
Access Agriculture was, is and will be an outstanding and remarkable partner of SDC with an unparalleled agility and capacity for innovation.”
Simon Zbinden, Head, Global Programme Food Security, SDC
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Gominan Osséni Séïdou, FAO, Benin
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Samuel Byamukama, Jezza Sustainable Organic Farm, Uganda
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Louis Béavogui, IRAG, Guinea
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Country Director, Mercy Corps Uganda