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  • Blosyrus inaequalis beetle in… Blosyrus inaequalis is mostly found in Siri-Lanka and India, but lately also in the northern parts of South Africa. So far the economical damage cause…
  • Sweet potato weevil (Cylas… Sweet potato weevil((Credit of featured image by Author Graham Wise from Brisbane, Australia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cylas_formicarius_(14576849194).jpg)) can be devastating in Africa. losses between 73((N.E.J.M.Smit,“The effect of the…
  • Propagating, planting and harvesting… Planting material Sweet potatoes are propagated vegetatively through vines (or runners) which are cut up in cuttings, each 300-400mm long. Most other crops are propagated…
  • Butternut fertilizer application tables… Butternut((Featured image by: Butternut Citrouille Courge - Photo gratuite sur Pixabay)) (Cucurbita moschata) fertilizer requirements can be calculated if you know your soil type and…
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Sweet potato weevil (Cylas formicarius)

Sweet potato weevil1)Credit of featured image by Author Graham Wise from Brisbane, Australia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cylas_formicarius_(14576849194).jpg can be devastating in Africa. losses between 732)N.E.J.M.Smit,“The effect of the indigenous cultural practices of in-ground storage and piecemeal harvesting of sweetpotato on yield and quality losses caused by sweetpotato weevil in Uganda,” Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment,vol.64,no. 3, pp. 191–200, 1997.-1003)K.…

Propagating, planting and harvesting sweet potatoes

Planting material Sweet potatoes are propagated vegetatively through vines (or runners) which are cut up in cuttings, each 300-400mm long. Most other crops are propagated with seed, which comes from the reproductive parts of the plant. Selecting disease and insect free material from a reputable supplier is the first cheap step in reducing spray cost…

Butternut fertilizer application tables according to soil types

butternut fertilizer recommendation

Butternut1)Featured image by: Butternut Citrouille Courge – Photo gratuite sur Pixabay (Cucurbita moschata) fertilizer requirements can be calculated if you know your soil type and have a good idea of the yield potential of your land and climate. These are basic norms and your specific microclimate and variety can have an influence on the total…

Sweet potato soil requirements

growing sweet potatoes africa

Sweet potato soil requirements are similar to many other vegetable crops. Good high quality soil is the first step towards good yields, it is not a guarantee, but it helps. The soil texture, structure and chemical composition significantly influences root growth, which is where the tubers grow. Any part of the soil that restricts root…

Root knot nematode

Root knot nematode, Meloidogyne spp., are small round worms present on the roots and must not be confused with root knots of Rhizobium spp., which are actually good for the plant. Legume nodules are smaller and pinkish inside while Root Knot galls are distorted and have abnormal branches. Root Knot infestation just looks bad compared…

Basics of growing basil

basil farming open field

Basil is native of tropical Asia, where for centuries, especially in India, it has been highly esteemed as a condiment. The early Greek and Roman writers were well-acquainted basil. England used basil as early as 1538 and by 1586 it was a well-known herb. The Americans started using it about 100 years ago. It is…