This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R7474: Weed management in cotton-based
systems and R8191: Promoting improved crop establishment in semi-arid
Smallholder cotton growers in Zimbabwe now use low-cost techniques to
control weeds. In the Zambezi Valley, the rainy season is short and hot.
If farmers don't weed promptly and thoroughly, they can lose nearly all
their crop. Previously, controlling weeds needed lots of labour for
constant weeding. In the Lower Zambezi Valley and South East Lowveld of
Zimbabwe, farmers now beat weeds by ploughing before planting, hand
hoeing and applying low-cost herbicides—techniques within their means
and that save labour. Extension services now routinely advise farmers
that this is a good way to deal with weeds and universities teach this
system in their courses. Plus, inquiries from South Africa, Mozambique,
Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Slovenia, Togo and Brazil are pouring
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP67, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 40.