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close this bookBetter Farming Series 07 - Crop Farming (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)
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close this folderPlan of work
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close this folderHow to till
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View the documentHarrowing
close this folderSowing
View the documentChoosing seed
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View the documentSowing in rows
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View the documentTransplanting
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View the documentEarthing up
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close this folderHow to get a better price for the harvest
View the documentGrade your crops.
View the documentStore your harvest well.
View the documentFarmers get together to sell.
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How to harvest

As a rule harvesting is done by hand. This work can be improved by using better tools, for example: a three- pronged lifting fork or hook for lifting cassava; a sickle for cutting rice; a scythe for cutting grass fodder.


Harvesting must be done at the right moment when the crop is quite ripe.

For example:

The fruits of the oil palm cut at the right moment yield more oil.

If you harvest cotton too late, part of the cotton has already fallen to the ground. It is dirty and sells for less.

If sorghum or millet is harvested too late, the grains fall to the ground and are lost.