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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

On the ground and in the air

Welcome to Farm Radio Weekly. Issue #310 looks at erosion, entrepreneurs and efforts to educate farmers how to best dry their groundnuts.

Pastoralists and farmers in northern Tanzania are facing serious problems with soil erosion. Long, deep chasms caused by heavy rains and livestock movements are not only ruining farmland, but are dangerous to people and animals.

Soungalo Traoré was repairing a radio one day when he realized the set contained a transmitter powerful enough to broadcast to nearby houses. With some hard work and a little financial assistance, he and a colleague have turned the radio set into a community radio station!

Groundnut farmers often experience aflatoxin problems caused by fungal infections in poorly dried harvests. A project in Malawi used field days and radio programs to spread the message about how to dry groundnut pods more effectively with Mandela cocks.

The Script of the week contains more information about how to prevent aflatoxin in groundnuts. Read about it below and use the script to inform your listening audience how to avoid this unpleasant and toxic problem.

Keep broadcasting!

-the Farm Radio Weekly team

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