This week’s story from Zimbabwe discusses the benefits of growing pulses. Our Script of the week focuses on two major pulse crops in the Ada’a and Akaki woredas (districts) of the Oromia region in central Ethiopia—chickpeas and lentils.
The script discusses the problems Ethiopian farmers face with pests and diseases in these crops, and outlines the principles of integrated pest management for chickpeas and lentils. The script is based on interviews with farmers, an agronomist, and a development agent.
If you choose to use this script as background material or as inspiration for creating your own program, you could speak directly to farmers and other key players in the local agriculture sector about pest problems in your area.
You could also host a phone-in or text-in program on pest and disease management. Consider inviting pest management experts, including experienced farmers, to respond to callers’ questions on the air.