Participants during the farmers’ field visit appreciating groundnut variety Samnut24. Photo: A Diama, ICRISAT

Nigerian farmers beat high temperatures with dry-season groundnut varieties

Farmers in northern Nigeria are switching over to groundnut production in the hottest months of the year. From an initial six farmers cultivating the improved groundnut variety in the 2012 dry season, today there are over 5000 farmers in northern Nigeria involved in groundnut production. Unlike vegetables and fruits grown in the dry season, the groundnut produced during this period coincides with a peak in demand for groundnut seeds, so seed growers can tap a ready market. In addition, the…

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Participants at the aflatoxin laboratory training. Photo: Ayuba Kunihiya

Aflatoxin detection gets a boost in Nigeria: Laboratories installed at two NARS centers

Creating awareness about aflatoxin, its prevention and detection is a priority target in the groundnut and sorghum value chain programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria. In a step towards strengthening this, ICRISAT helped set up two aflatoxin detection and quantification laboratories at the NARS centers in Nigeria. The two laboratories set up at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR)/Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and the Federal University of Agriculture (FUAM), Makurdi, are expected to serve as aflatoxin detection centers…

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One of the released parasitoid wasps, Therophilus javanus. Photo: IITA

Farmers in Benin adopt new natural enemies to fight pod borers in cowpea

Damage caused by pod borer Maruca vitrata, the most destructive pest of cowpeas, can lead a loss of up to USD 3 billion per year in West Africa alone. To reduce the losses, farmers resort to spraying insecticides, most often inappropriate ones and without protective equipment and gear, thereby exposing themselves and their families to serious health hazards. The damage by the caterpillars of the pod borers can cause up to 80% damage on cowpea farms. Worse, over the years…

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Building momentum to address aflatoxin contamination in the groundnut value chain in Nigeria

At a ‘training of trainers’ workshop held in Nigeria, participants from five states pledged to work together with the media to ensure mass mobilization of actors of the groundnut value chain and organize step-down training workshops and awareness campaigns in their different states and organizations on aflatoxin contamination and the fact that it can effectively be managed. Dr Vabi Boboh Michael, Country Manager of the Groundnut Upscaling Project, said that the aim of the workshop was to enable the trainees…

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Spreading awareness on aflatoxin management and improved groundnut production technologies in WCA

Strategies to reach close to 250,000 smallholder farmers’ households in Nigeria, 350,000 in Mali and 200,000 in Ghana from 2015 to 2018 were discussed with media personnel at a series of training sessions and field visits in their respective countries. The aim was to create awareness and promote activities on improved groundnut production technologies and aflatoxin management in all three countries to support the implementation of the USAID-funded Groundnut Upscaling Project which is undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research…

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Sustainable and profitable groundnut seed production in Nigeria

Training lead-farmers to assist in farmer-to-farmer dissemination of improved groundnut production technologies is a critical part of the strategy being successfully deployed to build a profitable groundnut seed industry. As part of the strategy ICRISAT-Nigeria recently organized trainings on dry season groundnut seed production. The goal of the training was to encourage dry season groundnut seed production among farmers in order to make available to farmers seeds of improved groundnut varieties for planting in the wet season, thus increasing their…

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Groundnut in Ghana and Nigeria Technology dissemination and seed ecosystem for enhancing productivity

Improved groundnut varieties that are high-yielding, disease-resistant and farmer as well as market preferred will be promoted on a large scale to enhance the production and productivity of the crop in Ghana and Nigeria. “In Nigeria groundnut is considered as cash, food, fodder and industrial crop,” said Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe, ICRISAT Country Representative, Nigeria, as he gave an overview of the sector to participants of the planning workshop. The West and Central Africa (WCA) region accounts for more than 70%…

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Ghana cowpea climbing

Cowpea Climbing in Ghana

The area sown to cowpea is expanding at a faster rate in Ghana than anywhere else on the continent, according to scientists in the Tropical Legumes II project. To meet rapid demand growth, they believe that new technologies can increase yields by 50%. http://www.icrisat.org/tropicallegumesII/pdfs/BTL16-20122712.pdf  

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