On Farm Evaluation of Legumes Biomass for the Management of Striga in Iringa District, Tanzania

A mother-baby trial using farmers’ groups was set up to evaluate the effect of legumes biomass in the management of Striga in Iringa district, Tanzania. A randomised complete block design was used in the experimental lay-out. Two maize genotypes namely Situka and IR-Maize and six selected legumes (cowpeas, chickpeas, green gram, mucuna, canavalia and sunhemp) were used. Preliminary results indicated that short crop rotations using maize and cowpeas or sunhemp have the highest potential for reducing Striga infestation and increasing maize productivity against chemical herbicides.
Un essai mère-enfant à l’aide des groupes d’agriculteurs a été mis en place pour évaluer l’effet de la biomasse des légumineuses dans la gestion de Striga dans le district d’Iringa, en Tanzanie. Un dispositif en blocs aléatoires complets a été utilisé dans le plan expérimental. Deux génotypes de maïs à savoir le Situka et le maïs- IR et six légumineuses sélectionnées (le niébé, les pois chiches, les haricots velus, pois mascate, canavalia et haschisch) ont été utilisées. Les résultats préliminaires indiquent que la rotation courte des cultures en utilisant le maïs et le niébé ou le haschisch ont le plus grand potentiel de réduction de l’infestation de Striga et d’augmentation de la productivité du maïs comparativement aux herbicides chimiques.
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