Africa

Yields of smallholder African potato farmers more than doubled during Root2Success program

During the recent African Potato Association congress in Kigali, Rwanda, Bayer presented challenges and best practice experiences with the implementation of its Root2Successs™ concept on the continent.

This holistic concept supports sustainable production systems covering crop rotation, soil preparation, catch and cover crops and the use of the innovative crop protection products Emesto™, Velum™ and Serenade™.

The 4-year experience with Bayer’s smallholder project in Kenya underpinned the success of the Root2Success concept: farmer yields were increased by a factor of 2 to 4. Farmer income increased by factors ranging from 3 to 10.

Diana Gitonga, Manager Smallholder Farming Bayer East Africa is excited about their strong support of the smallholder farmers and governmental organizations: “It is extremely rewarding to receive so many positive responses from farmers. Farmers are happy and thankful for Bayer’s outreach, knowledge transfer and potato training to improve their incomes.”

Tailored agronomic solutions with innovative crop protection products and services can help control soil diseases and nematodes, effectively increasing sustainability in potato production, the company says.

Bayer’s root health strategy, Root2Succes, which includes intensive training programs, offers growers insight into the biology of healthy, high performing roots and targets key challenges that threaten root health, to maintain or optimize root functionality in vegetables and potatoes.

The Root2Success concept is one of the strategic initiatives of Bayer’s global horticulture strategy contributing to sustainable farming practices, reducing the use of farm inputs and empowering more than 100 million smallholders. Bayer says it is excited to partner with private and governmental organizations to expand the Root2Success concept to further improve sustainable farming practices.

Full press release published on Seed Today here