ACAI project activities in the field went characteristically a notch higher in respect to the expected seasonal weather changes. Nigeria is transitioning into its Harmattan season while Tanzania, the October rains are expected to create excitement around planting and set up for new cropping season.
In the Lake Zone, Tanzania, the ACAI team led by Dr. Simon Jeremiah from ARI and Habai Masunga (PhD candidate) were out on field monitoring assignments for NOT, FR, SP and Validation trials. The team carried out collection of leaf samples from trials for laboratory analysis, soil sampling, barcoding and site characterization.
Dr Jeremiah, accompanied by Zakayo Machunde, Jonas Van Laere and Thomas Misungwi and covered a total of 70 farms in Bunda, Butiama and Serengeti.
“The trials have attracted the attention of neighboring farmers because they are doing very well and unfortunately thieves as well.” Dr Simon Jeremiah
Habai, working with Robert Ngomuo and Joseph Joachim was domiciled in Biharamulo, Sengerema and Buchosa Districts and managed to work on 67 trials.
The ACAI project Lake Zone team is gearing for a speedy harvest and establishment of new trials in October and early November.
In the South West Nigeria, Dr Busari Mutiu from FUNAAB and a team of students was on a monitoring mission to Owoowo and Elere sites in Ewekoro Local Govt, Ogun State where ACAI is running BPP, IC and NOT trials.
The team conducted data collection and non-destructive monitoring extending their trip further to Osoogun, Alayide and Okaka in Oyo State where the ACAI’s SP trials are located. Monitoring activities in the South West are still ongoing and slated to continue through to mid-October.
“I noted at various locations that farmers were seriously tackling the weed problem which had been reported earlier.” Dr. Busari Mutiu
Harvesting of the 2016 SP trials in Osoogun have been scheduled to for 7th October 2017 together with several other sites located in Alayide and Ado-Awaye all within Oyo state. FUNAAB is working closely with Psaltry in the South west on some of the trials.