This poll has completed. It ran from April 9, 2019, 1:50 p.m. through April 15, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

WEST | NARO 1.3: What challenges do you face in applying mulch in your banana plantation?

Background

Bananas require a significant amount of water to grow well and yield big, quality bunches. The unreliability of rainfall even during rainy seasons and prolonged droughts have intensified the impact of water shortage on banana farmers. Therefore, farmers need to make sure that the rainwater received in their plantations is kept longer in the soil. This can be achieved in various ways; e.g. mulching.  Mulching helps reduce erosion, suppresses weeds, ensures that the rainwater is retained longer in the plantation and improves soil fertility when the mulch material decomposes.

Question  

What challenges do you face in applying mulch in your banana plantation?

A - I cannot afford the mulch (cost)
B - It is difficult to access mulch material
C - It attracts termites
D - I have other crops in the plantation
E - Others (specify)

INSTRUCTIONS

Go to messages on your phone & type WEST (SPACE) GENDER(M OR F) (SPACE) ANSWER (a, b, c, d or e) and Send your message to 8881. This SMS is totally FREE of charge. I encourage women and girls to participate. DO NOT let men speak for you. Make your opinion count!

 
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