You Better Stop Drinking Garri too much from Today! Why?

I enjoy drinking Garri a lot especially with very chilled water, groundnut, milk and a lot of sugar, I never knew a day like this will come when I will even be the one advising my friends to reduce their level of Garri intake because of it’s health implications. Well am sure am not the only one who loves Garri because in Nigeria, one very staple food is garri. Made from cassava tubers, it has been nicknamed ‘garry’, ‘African ican an cornflakes’, ‘garium sulphate’, ‘garrison’ and so many other funny…

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Leaf Miner – It’s Symptoms and Damage Prevention

Leaf Miner (Liriomyza spp) affects all species of crops. It is a black and yellow fly, it lays eggs in the leaves. Maggots later emerge from the eggs and dig mines on the leaf surface. Larvae fall out to change into pupa from which will get out and transform into adult and all these leads to plant loss if the pest attacks at an early stage of the crop. Symptoms and Damage It develops the presence of white marks on the leaf surface. Damage Prevention Install insect-proof nets to protect…

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Maturity Period and Harvesting of Pineapple Fruits

It takes pineapple 9months to be of sufficient mass (dark green in color) to produce a good sized fruit. At this point it is set for artificial inducement. NOTE:This period of time for maturity is particular by pineapples propagated by suckers only.▶Note; it is not advisable to plant pineapple on a lease or rented land because pineapples produce all year round.Plant it on your own land.▶ Cost Analysis on one acre of Pineapple Farm Purchase of pineapple suckers of 25,000 pieces is needed for one acre of land under standard…

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Ideal Spacing Required in planting Pineapples

Pineapple plants are usually set out in twin/double or triple rows. A spacing of 1m from center to center of beds/ridges, rows 60cm apart within beds/ridges and plants 30cm apart within rows is recommended (30 x 60x 100cm) giving a plant population of 55,000 plants/ha.  Ensure that your suckers are ready like 1week before planting. Peel off the first two-leaf layers of the root base so as to expose the young roots, thereby hastening growth rate. While planting, ensure to plant the suckers at a depth of 10 cm.

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Methods of Weed Control on a Pineapple Farm

It is important to control weeds in pineapple farm during the first four months after planting so as to avoid slow growth of pineapple plants which could arise as a result of competition for space, nutrients and air with the crop. It is advisable that a A pre-emergence application of Atrazine @ 4kg a.i/ha is is to be applied immediately after planting in other to block the germination of weed seeds for as long as possible. Thereafter,a tank mixture of Atrazine and diuron can be used subsequently for weed control…

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How to Control Pests and Diseases in a Pineapple Farm

Mealybug is a common pest of pineapple found on the surface of the pineapple leaf as well as inside the enclosed blossom cups. It is also a vector of wilt disease in pineapple. Mealy bug can be controlled by spraying insecticide in the morning or evening on the pineapple field.Nematodes are also serious pests of pineapple;They are controlled by fumigating the soil with 1, 3-D. Root rot disease can be prevented by avoiding too much water around the root zone of pineapple but can be controlled by improving soil drainage.

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