The importance of cassava as a food crop cannot be underestimated. It is the third largest source of carbohydrates in the tropics and the sixth most important food crop in the world. In short, cassava is vital for food security and important for trade.
IPI bulletin No:22 shines a light on the significance of cassava, as well as providing comprehensive details on the crop’s origin, botany and physiology. You will find clear and detailed information on the role, uptake and accumulation of plant nutrients, and interesting explanation of the benefits of supply and consequences of deficiency.
Soil fertility is one of the most important factors for successful production of any crop. However, while it is difficult to ascertain fertilizer usage on cassava, investigations indicate that application of fertilizers to cassava is rare.
This IPI bulletin highlights the benefits to cassava of appropriate crop nutrition. It demonstrates how, with a balanced fertilizer strategy, the productivity of this essential crop would be increased - to the benefit of all those people who rely on it for food and income.
John Okoth Omondi
54 pp. with color plates
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