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International Journal of Agricultural Research
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 54-64
DOI: 10.3923/ijar.2015.54.64
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Farmers’ Based Technology Development for Sustainable Cassava Production System

E.D. Yuniwati, W.H. Utomo and R.H. Howeler

The decrease in productivity and degradation process in land cropped with cassava occurs very rapidly. A conventional soil conservation approach has been shown do not give satisfactory result. A new approach, which is termed "land husbandry", seems to have a more prospective future. Different from soil conservation approach, which is aimed to control erosion rate to level of less than acceptable limit erosion, the aim of land husbandry is to obtain a high yield and income. Secondly, in contrary with soil conservation approach where most of the technology package is developed based on and by researchers, in the land husbandry approach the development of technology is based on farmers’ idea and willingness and done by the farmers themselves. The methodology used in this study was Farmers’ Participatory Research. The study shows that the FPR methodology have promising prospect for developing the sustainable cassava production technology. The introduced technology spread up quickly and the adoption sustained for a long periods. After 5 years of the project, 65% of the farmers in the study area had planted UB 477-2 variety and 76% of the cassava farmers had use cattle manure for their cassava crops. Ten years after the project, in addition to UB 477-2 variety, some farmers planted another introduced variety i.e., Malang 6 and Markonah. The number of farmers using manure also increased substantially and some farmers practiced compost technology. At the beginning of the project there was no farmer planted UB 477-2 and only few farmers used cattle manure.
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E.D. Yuniwati, W.H. Utomo and R.H. Howeler, 2015. Farmers’ Based Technology Development for Sustainable Cassava Production System. International Journal of Agricultural Research, 10: 54-64.

DOI: 10.3923/ijar.2015.54.64






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