Soil Fertility Key to Realizing Green Revolution, Says Expert

The Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, has warned that the quest for a ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa may not be realized if adequate attention is not paid to managing soil fertility on the continent.

He was addressing participants at the Global Cassava Partnership in Kampala on Wednesday.

“‘Green Revolution’ is a term used to describe phenomenal growth in agriculture. Solid soil fertility management is key…For cassava commercialization and our Green Revolution, we need to use fertilizers― organic and inorganic – alongside the high-yielding and disease-resistant varieties,” Dr. Sanginga said…

…According to him, soil fertility is one of the missing links in the struggle to commercialize cassava.

“For now, entrepreneurs involved in cassava processing say there isn’t enough cassava, whereas farmers, on the other hand, say there are no markets.” ….

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