Agricultural Research at the Crossroads: Revisited by By (author) Bo M.I. Bengtsson

By By (author) Bo M.I. Bengtsson

It is important to combine box info suitable to coverage with a world assessment with up to date info for synthesis into situations and a imaginative and prescient of ways destiny examine and improvement in agriculture can top support those people who are so much needy and feature little entry to efficient assets. the final job is a giant problem for policy-makers and the rural examine institution. it's also of shock in educating agricultural scholars so as to reply to destiny demanding situations. This e-book is an try to stimulate dialogue on destiny innovations of analysis coverage, suggesting alterations of agricultural R&D for societal improvement according to the Millennium improvement pursuits.

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As a general rule, land for arable crops was usually ploughed three times, followed by seed covering. Land was ploughed once for linseed and field pea but twice for broad bean. The ploughing pattern was different for grasslands. In the past, they required five to six ploughings. In the 1960s, farmers at Wajji and Aleltu Silosa used soil burning or “guie” to get sod land better prepared and to utilize the nutrient release from burning the soil. In 1980, no farmer practised that system, although one revisited farmer used it occasionally on potato.

Most likely, they had been able to exert power within the peasant organizations during the implementation of the land reform. Nonetheless, there had been considerable shift of power since 32 1967. Then, an average landlord at Wajji owned 27 ha, compared to a sharecropper with 2 ha. 9 ha as grassland. 0 ha). 6 ha). 2 ha of newly met farmers at Kulumsa. This is another indication that the old power structure had not been fully dismantled. Features of Plant Husbandry and Technical Changes Soil Preparation and Farm Implements In 1967, most farmers used the ard, the bent wooden beam with a small iron or steel point for soil preparation.

Six farmers (four at Biche) had a pick-up car of their own for transporting their produce to various markets. All aroid farmers had acquired a TV set. In 1980, one third of the visited farmers found that the overall situation had improved since 1965, in particular at Caroni and Biche. They noted improved schooling, better access to health clinics and some improvement of major roads. The level of profit had increased but so had the cost of living. One dasheen farmer was proud to have travelled to Mecca in 1979.

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