The University of Fríríki (UFS) has established a research forum for crop cultivation in an effort to help role players in the field. The University’s Department of Natural and Agricultural Sciences says its research will help small farmers with business management and sustainability. The forum will disseminate research results to the wider sector, which includes industry partners as well as domestic and international partners.
“We try to improve crops to the extent that they can cope with the drought and then with biological pressure we work to improve crops to be able to be resistant to certain diseases because for every crop out there is a certain disease. and for that you need to understand the fungus in the bacteria that were involved in this disease. And that’s what we’re trying to do because the research is improving the crop until you can get a high enough crop and also a high quality product, “says Dr Adre Minnaar-Ontong, UFS Cultivation Research Forum supervisor.
Crop farmers say they face many challenges due to climate change. They say they have to deal with drought, floods, soil erosion and the loss of biodiversity. Molefi Moleme has been a farmer for almost 10 years and he says it is not easy.
“The challenges that farmers are facing now are too much rain, rain we got, because sometimes after planting that day the rain can get too heavy up to 70% and then we have to plant again. Now this thing spends a lot of your money because you may have planted 60 acres that day, planting is too much money. And secondly, maybe you planted last week and this week it is raining when the plants are trying to germinate and the plants now do not need too much water because the soil will stagnate and they will fluctuate and die, “says Moleme.
UFS establishes a research platform for arable farming to assist small farmers – SABC News
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