Farm Radio Resource Pack #107: Caterpillars, compost, cocoa, and more

| November 6, 2017

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Farm Radio International has just published its latest Resource Pack, featuring scripts and resources on a variety of topics of interest to rural listeners.

Resource Pack #107 includes a comprehensive backgrounder on Fall armyworm, the pest that’s currently causing so many problems across much of Africa. The backgrounder includes 18 photos and a diagram to help readers visualize and better understand what the pest looks like, where to find it, and how it operates.

The Pack also contains two items from Mali. The first talks about the benefits of compost and gives step-by-step instructions on how to produce the valuable substance. The second tells the story of a group of women who are benefiting from growing okra in one part of central Mali.

Three other items in Pack 107 deal with crop production: land preparation for fava bean in Ethiopia, introducing new cocoa trees to cocoa plantations in Ghana, and commercial tomato production in Nigeria.

Finally, Pack 107 includes four updated scripts first distributed many years ago. Two focus on preventing vitamin A deficiency, thus reducing the risk of blindness and keeping children healthy. The third provides basic information about how bees make honey, and how beekeepers can take advantage of their honey-making for better nutrition and income. Finally, we include a script on soil erosion that includes tips for growing crops on sloping land.

Our broadcasting partners have received copies of Resource Pack #107 by email and, as always, everyone is welcome to access our website to read or download any or all items in the Pack: