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Agronomy Unit

INTRODUCTION:

Initially designed to focus on the development and testing of plastic products for horticulture and agriculture in general, the Unit has quickly evolved and widened its scope of work. 

Beside its activities in plasticulture, today the Agronomy unit is involved in the development of solutions for post harvest of grains and pulses, pest control and fertilization. Above all, the Unit has experimental and testing facilities and highly competent staff with capabilities in designing and carrying out appropriate bioassays and as well as data analysis and reporting.

In order to fulfill its mission the unit rears some of the key insect pests of grain, pulses and horticultural crops. It also maintains an experimental field plot equipped with drip lines for testing the efficacy of different products.

   

Some of the products developed and / or tested

 

Agronet (AgroZ Net)

ATRC Agronomy unit has been involved in the definition of the specification and testing of these nettings used in horticultural production. ATRC has also been instrumental as the AtoZ representative in the BionetAgro project. For more information about Agronet (AgroZ Net) please have a look on the link below.

Publications

AgroZ Bag and AgroZ Bag Plus

Starting in 2012 with the rearing of the main insect pests that damage maize and other cereals in East Africa, this project aimed to develop a new generation of hermetic storage bags able to control burrowing insects, in particular the Larger Grain Borer, which are known for their ability to hole hermetic bags. The motivating factor in this project was the realization that once a hermetic storage bag is holed it become useless and not reusable, therefore not cost-effective. Further information about the results and the product are available below.

Publications

 

ATRC’s Gertrude William discussing with a farmer testing a netting recommended for tomato growing.

Testing a solution against maize postharvest pests

Testing and discussing the efficacy of hermetic storage bags with local farmers

Activities carried out in the Agronomy Unit include but not limited to the following :

  • Evaluation of pesticides against agricultural pests

  • Field and semi-field evaluation of fertilizers

  • Evaluation of mulch and groundcovers for the control of weeds and the preservation of soil humidity

  • Basic evaluation of plastic products for agriculture in general

  • Agricultural experimentation

 

 

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