YAM FARMING-Complete Beginners Guide

      Soil requirement: well drained clayey loam Method of propagation: Seed yam (whole tuber) or cutting of yam tuber about 250gms Date of planting: November-December (early yam), March-April (late yam) Spacing: 90cm apart on top of mound and staggered in alternate rows Number of propagation per hole: 1 Planting depth: Cover tuber with about 5cm soil layer. Then cover ridge or mound with grass mulch Maturity period: 8-9months Method of harvesting: Tuber is carefully dug out of the soil with the aid of sharp tool e.g. cutlass or…

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Yam Flour Production & Packaging

Yam is the common name for some species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae). These are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. There are many cultivars of yam though only six are important as staples in the tropics. The economically important species grown are Dioscorea rotundata (white yam), Dioscorea alata (yellow yam), Dioscorea bulbifera (aerial yam), Dioscorea esculenta (Chinese yam) and Dioscorea dumenterum (trifoliate yam). Yams are high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, and manganese;…

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Sowing Guide for Different kind of Crops

 Every crop farmer must be aware of the specie he/she wants to cultivate, the average number of seeds, the quantity for sowing per hectare and the crop density (Number of plants per hectare). This will help the farmer understand what his or her expectations are from the crops to be planted. Below is a comprehensive sowing guide for different types of crops according to their specie, average number of seeds (grams), quantity required for sowing (in kilogram) and the crop density i.e. number of required plants per hectare. Species Average…

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Health Benefits of Pounded Yam

Yams are a good source of vitamin C – 27% of the daily value for fighting infections such as colds and flu and quick wound healing, anti-aging, strong bones, and healthy immune function. It also provides good amounts of fiber, potassium, manganese, and metabolic B vitamins.

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