“Nigerian farmers using the ‘Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management extension toolkit ‘ via the 3-2-1 mobile service of Airtel, were doubling the yield of cassava from the current national average of 9 tons per ha to more than 20 tons per ha.”
The toolkit was developed and introduces by African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI)/IITA- Cassava Weed Management Project being implemented in partnership with Viamo.
ACAI Digital Extension and Advisory Services Specialist, Godwin Atser, discloses this in a presentation on the progress made in utilising the toolkit by farmers that have embraces the technology.
Dr. Pieter Pypers, Project Coordinator of ACAI , notes that the 3-2-1 mobile service allows Nigerian farmers to have access to good agricultural practices developed by the Cassava Weed Management project through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system for as much as 10 times in a month free of charge.
“Through the mobile service, we aim to reach thousands of farmers especially women with information that would transform their cassava productivity, said Dr Alfred Dixon, Director for Development & Delivery at IITA, and Project leader of the Cassava Weed Management Project,” said Pypers.
Harriet Blest, Country Manager for Viamo said the 3-2-1 mobile service will bring messages from the Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management to farmers in local languages. “All that farmers need to do is to get an Airtel SIM card and dial 3-2-1 and he or she will get the toolkit,” she said.