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Republic of Benin ************* Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries ************** Roots and Tubers Development Programme (PDRT) ***************. SUPPORT FOR IMPROVING CASSAVA PRODUCTIVITY IN BENIN Paper presented by
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Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Roots and Tubers Development
SUPPORT FOR IMPROVING CASSAVA PRODUCTIVITY IN BENIN
Paper presented by
Idrissou BAKO, National Coordinator of the PDRT,
in the context of the IRTCM Workshop
(Douala, 14–16 November 2007)
1- Activities carried out
4- Future outlook
The PDRT began its activities in September 2001 for a period of 7 years. It is financed by IFAD, WADB and the Government of Benin.
Pre-extension and extension of the positive advances of research and development
Photo: Rapid-multiplication techniques for cassava cuttings
Photo: Growers’ training session on a demonstration plot
Photo: INRAB and Directorate of Agriculture production plots for prebase and base cassava plant material
Photo: Roots and tubers (cassava and yam) obtained from the application plots of the growers trained
Creation of a production and distribution chain for prebase, base and certified productive plant material of R&Ts in general and cassava in particular
Photo: A farmer-multiplier of base cassava cuttings
Photo: Growers’ application plots using the settlement technique for yam and new varieties of cassava
Improvement in growers’ incomes thanks to receipts from improved harvests from application, demonstration and/or multiplication plots
Photo: A house built by a grower using income from the sale of his yam harvest
- Participation in organized training
- Adoption of technologies learned during training
- Application of technologies learned on their own plots
- Production of certified cassava cuttings
Village growers’ groups:
-Organization of growers to participate in planned activities
- Establishment and management of demonstration plots
- Production of base cassava cuttings
- Training growers in improved cassava production technologies
- Training and support to growers in applying improved cassava
production technologies on demonstration plots and their own farms
1. The continuing problem of organizing the production chain for cassava planting material at three levels (prebase, base and certified), despite actions pursued in this area, for example with the Directorate of Agriculture.
2. The failure before the close of the programme to carry out extension of new varieties of cassava that are agro-ecologically suitable (high yielding and resistant to drought, disease and pests) and specific qualities for the manufacture of alcohol, starch and baking flour, introduced in association with the National Agricultural Research Institute.
3. The failure before the close of the programme to carry out extension of several sustainable cassava production techniques developed by research institutions in partnership with the PDRT, most of which are now at the pre-extension stage.