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Training of extension agents on 4R nutrient stewardship, Zimbabwe

  • Posted on:  Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

IPNI in partnership with the Department of Crop Science, University of Zimbabwe and CIMMYT conducted a training on 4R nutrient stewardship on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2014 in Murewa, Zimbabwe. This was part of the CGIAR-funded MAIZE coordinated research project “Enhancing the capacity for dissemination of site-specific maize production intensification technologies under variable farm, climatic and soil fertility conditions in Kenya and Zimbabwe”. The workshop brought together twenty extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture Zimbabwe and the main focus was best nutrient management practices for sustainable intensification of maize-based cropping systems. What came out clearly from the workshop was the importance of site specific nutrient management and the 4R principles, improved resource use efficiency through 4R practices by recognizing heterogeneous soil and socio-economic conditions at farm-scale as well as the importance of the Nutrient Expert tool in providing site specific nutrient recommendations to small holder farmers taking into account soil types, fertility status and the growing environment. From this training, participants were able to successfully identify topics for 4R demonstrations that would be integrated in their extension work.

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