|Better Farming Series 07 - Crop Farming (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)|
|Plan of work|
Ploughing can be done after the harvest or after the first rains.
· After the harvest, at the beginning of the dry season, the soil is not too hard, you can begin to plough your fields.
Then the first rains will fall on soil already opened up, on loosened soil. The rain will penetrate easily and less water will be wasted.
· If you do not have time to plough after the harvest, you should do so as soon as the first rains have fallen.
Sow as soon as possible, so that the plants can use all the water of the rainy season (see Booklet No. 3, page 20).
Very often, farmers plough all their fields at the beginning of the rainy season and spend a lot of time on the ploughing.
They sow much too late.
When the sowing is too late, the plants do not grow well.
A modern farmer sows in good time.
A good farmer ploughs his fields immediately after the harvest, at the beginning of the dry season.