Planting seeds of collaboration: IITA PROSSIVA hosts farmers for prepositional value trials

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As part of the IITA PROSSIVA initiative, a landmark event was hosted at Field CS7, uniting farmers and agricultural experts to enhance yam cultivation practices. The event showcased the benefits of traditional farmer varieties compared to IITA-developed yam varieties, with participation from two prominent farmers’ cooperatives—Ifesowapo and Eniosa.

A field supervisor from IITA, Lasisi Jimoh, highlighted the yam planting process in his opening remarks, explaining how leaf bud cuttings have been nurtured in the nursery and are now ready for mini-tuber planting. “We want to compare farmers’ varieties and IITA varieties,” he stated, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the project. Lasisi assured the farmers that they would handle their own yam plantings to ensure transparency and authenticity in the comparison. This hands-on approach allows farmers to showcase their traditional methods while learning from IITA’s innovative techniques.

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