SoilWhen it comes to technology in farming we tend to think about the new
gadget that is going to make the lives of farmers simpler. After all we
have, in the past, talked about milking systems and apps that are
designed to increase crop yields. What if that isn't the only way to go?
What if the newest innovation will not be something that you need to
do, but something that farmers need to not do?
A new piece publish in All Africa
is positing the idea that the best things that farmers in some zones
can do is the opposite of what they have been taught. At a new event,
the Tanzania Agro-Business Expo 2013, which is being organized by the
East African Grain Council farmers in the Northern Zone are going to be
encouraged to stop tilling their fields. The goal of this kind of an
effort is to allow the land to keep its own nutrients be largely
The new system would, if farmers choose to adopt it, would ditch the
normal plowing of rows. Instead farmers would adopt a tool that simply
makes a hole for the seeds to fall into. This will allow the land to be
left in tact. The event will run between 14th and 15th of June, and will
be focused almost solely on education and technique.
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