Agricultural Research at the Crossroads: Revisited by By (author) Bo M.I. Bengtsson

By By (author) Bo M.I. Bengtsson

It is important to combine box facts suitable to coverage with an international review with up to date info for synthesis into situations and a imaginative and prescient of the way destiny study and improvement in agriculture can most sensible aid people who find themselves so much needy and feature little entry to effective assets. the final job is a big problem for policy-makers and the rural learn institution. it's also of shock in educating agricultural scholars in order to reply to destiny demanding situations. This ebook is an try and stimulate dialogue on destiny recommendations of analysis coverage, suggesting alterations of agricultural R&D for societal improvement in line with the Millennium improvement ambitions.

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The average seed rate of barley was 225 kg/ha at all locations, except at Wajji, where it was much lower at 175 kg/ha. Since 1967, farmers had increased the seed rate of barley by 50 kg/ha, reaching 200 kg/ha in 1980 as an average in spite of recommendations of 85-100 kg/ha by the National Institute of Agricultural Research. For other crops also, farmers used seed rates that were higher than official recommendations. Probably, they did so because of their conviction that the number of weed plants had dramatically increased and that they had to plant more crop plants to increase their competitive ability.

This highlights the issue of plant quarantine. Summary of Highlights • • • • • The use of agrochemicals was the most important agricultural innovation among visited aroid farmers, although they were not developed specifically for aroids. The use of mineral fertilizers had increased from 30 per cent in 1965 to 44 per cent in 1980 and 50 per cent in 2003. In 1965, no farmer used herbicides on aroids. In 1980, one third did so, and 50 per cent did so in 2003. No farmer applied insecticides to aroids in 1965.

The Swedish Federation of Farmers owns almost half the Swedish food enterprises and foreign companies control about one third.

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