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Plant High Quality Cassava Cuttings

"If you use high quality cuttings to plant cassava, you can increase the yield of your next cassava crop. If you grow cassava, you know that you start a new crop by planting sections of the stems of mature cassava plants. We call these stem cuttings. They're also known as planting stakes, planting sticks or cassava seed. In order to grow a successful crop there are some important things to consider when choosing stem cuttings to plant" (Farm Radio International, "Plant High Quality Cassava Cuttings," Package 37, Script 1, July 1995). 
 

Farm Radio International Also Offers these Steps to planting high quality cassava:

  • Choose undamaged plants that have no disease or insect damage.
  • Choose cuttings that have no cuts or bruises.
  • Take cuttings from mature plants that have fully grown tubers and are at least 8 to 10 months old.
  • Take cuttings that come from the bottom and middle parts of the stem.
  • Make cuttings that are 20 to 30 centimetres long, at least 2 centimetres thick and have 5 to 7 nodes.

If you follow these steps your next cassava crop should provide lots of food for you and your family and for your livestock.


Source: Farm Radio International, "Plant High Quality Cassava Cuttings," Package 37, Script 1, July 1995. 
 

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