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ENGIM Internazionale (Formazione, Cooperazione, Sviluppo)

"Fare il bene e farlo bene" (San Leonardo Murialdo)

SIERRA LEONE: KRAIN KRAIN LEAFY VEGETABLE GROWN WITH SYSTEM OF CROP INTENSIFICATION (SCI) METHODS

Gerald Aruna, Engim Country Director in Sierra Leone published a new article on SCI - System of Crop Intensification methods - in occasion of his visit in the USA and at Cornell University.

Gerald Aruna, ENGIM Internazionale, has modified the traditional planting method for the local krain krain leafy vegetable (Cochorus Olitorius) to use System of Crop Intensification (SCI) methods. Called "SKKI" (System of Krain Krain Intensification), the modifications use: Less seeds, more organic matter, wide spacing between plants, transplanting of young seedlings between 8 to 15 days old, and overhead shading. The crop is harvested twice, the first time by cutting / pruning branches of the plant at a point which leaves at least two other branches for fast re-growth and for collecting seeds at the end, so farmers can replant with their own seed. Weeding / earthing up / soil aeration of the crop is done every 7 days. This promotes robust root and plant growth and results in robust leaves as well as very big pods of seeds at the end to be harvested.

 

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