Seed drop on-farm demonstrations

SARD-SC - Mr Jonas Osei-Adu facilitating IP stakeholders  meeting at Nkronza, GhanaThe seed drop demonstration concept was introduced at each of the two established IPs using an early maturing drought tolerant (DT) maize variety, Omankwa. Only 51 farmers (22 from Mampong and 29 from Sekyere) participated in the demonstrations. In the Transition zone IP, only 15 farmers took part in the seed drop demonstrations. In each site, the demonstration was planted on 10m x 10m plot in farmers’ fields. A team comprising of three researchers, two AEAS conducted monitoring tours of the seed drop demonstrations that also provided opportunity for IP meetings. The first monitoring tour for the Forest IP was conducted on 9th October 2013 and the second one on 17th October 2013; while the first monitoring tour meeting for the Transition zone was on 8th October 2013 and second one on 16th October 2013 .

During the second meeting of the two IPs, the actors raised the issue of poor quality of herbicides used which were believed to be fake while they appreciated the quality of improved seed (Omankwa) used for the seed drop demonstrations, and the timeliness of the Omankwa DT variety. Clear differences in performance between the improved variety and farmers local varieties were recorded.