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Farm Radio Weekly is a news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is published by Farm Radio International.

Farm Radio Weekly

Infestation, innovation and inspiration

Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to open Farm Radio Weekly issue #298. Kick off your shoes and settle down to read about farmers in Liberia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Armyworm caterpillars are slowly munching their way through farmland in northern Liberia. Increasing numbers of the pests are leaving a trail of destruction in their wake: crops are being destroyed and watercourses polluted. What can farmers and officials do to manage the infestation?

Aloycia Mndenye, from Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, used to spend a large part of her day collecting firewood to heat her home and cook family meals. But now a domestic biogas plant has reduced her workload – and her husband prefers shovelling manure to carrying wood!

What can you grow when you don’t have a lot of land? Ugandan farmer Jimmy Oleng discovered that he could make a good living from hot chili peppers. The perennial plants can be harvested three times a year and their fiery fruit commands a high and stable price.

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In a couple of weeks’ time, Farm Radio Weekly turns 300, and we’ll be celebrating International Youth Day. Keep an eye on your inbox for that special edition! In the meantime, we wish you a peaceful and harmonious week.

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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