|Better Farming Series 03 - The Plant: the Flower (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)|
|Seeds and sowing|
· Buy your seed from the agricultural service.
Grow the best varieties
You will get good harvests.
To buy seed you need money.
So as not to waste money, you must prepare your field well, sow at the right time, do the harvesting well.
· You can produce your own seed.
Choose the finest fruits from your finest cocoa trees, from your
best field of groundnuts.
Take the best grains of maize.
The plant's good qualities will be passed on to the new plants.
Take the best beans from the middle of the pod
· Sort out your seed.
Do not use seed that is too old.
The germ is dead, the seed will not germinate.
Use whole, well shaped seeds.
Remove all bad seed, all small, broken, diseased seed, and seed eaten by insects.
Well sorted seeds will all germinate. You will get a good density.
· Disinfect your seed.
Seed can be attacked by insects and diseases.
Protect seeds against insects and diseases.
Mix a pesticide with the seed.
You can buy it from the agricultural service.
The agricultural adviser will tell you how much to use.
You must follow his advice.
· Make sure that the seeds and the pesticide are well mixed, that all the seeds are covered by the pesticide.
Equipment for treating seeds
· You must take great care. The pesticide is a poison. Wash well after handling it. Do not leave the pesticide near children.
Do not eat or give to animals any seed treated with pesticide.