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close this bookConsultancy report on first extension staff training in horticulture. (1998)
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentExtension staff training one (EST1)
View the documentStructure of training
View the documentIntroduction to horticulture:
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View the documentReview of vegetable production by participants
View the documentField visit to vegetable growers
View the documentImproved vegetable production practices
View the documentSmall-holder irrigation techniques
View the documentAcquaculture
View the documentImplementation of farmer training one FT1
View the documentEvaluation of extension staff training one
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Field visit to vegetable growers

In order to further elaborate on the topics presented and have farmers practice in the application of the camp/block extension officers, practical field visits were undertaken to vegetable growers. The participants enjoyed the field visits. The field visits were extremely popular for practical demonstration of farmers practices. The differences between the farmers, present practices and recommended practices were discussed in the field. The following elements were observed in the field:

· Poor land tillage at times.
· Basal dressing fertiliser applied late and not incorporated.
· Manure applied as top dressing and not incorporated in the soil.
· Indiscriminate use of insecticides and fungicides.
· Inadequate knowledge on identification of pests and diseases.
· Lack of rotation, poor spacing.
· Growing of fewer vegetable species resulting in market gluts, poor rotation.
· Poor sanitation in vegetable gardens, neglected old crops.
· Farmers do not use compost.
· Marketing problems.
· Farmers use recycled seed.
· Poor irrigation techniques.