Scientists, experts and scaling partners of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA are set for their 4th annual review and planning meeting.
The Institute’s Digital Extension and Advisory Services Specialist, Godwin Atser said, in a statement in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He explained that the aim of the meeting was to discuss and unveil the progress made in cassava agro-nomy and how such efforts had been addressing the low-yield per hectre on farmers’ fields in Nigeria and Tanzania.
Atser remarked that across Africa, yield per hectre of cassava was about nine tonnes, as opposed to Asia, with more than 20 tons/per ha. This, he said, undermined African cassava farmers’ competitiveness in the export market.
The statement quoted the ACAI Project Coordinator, Pieter Pypers, as saying that the meeting was scheduled for Unguja Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from December 9th to 12th.