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Trinidad and Tobago: Cassava yields expected to rise
CIAT, Colombia has been instrumental in successfully implementing micro-propagation of cassava clones using traditional and cost-efficient temporary tissue culture systems which allows for the rapid turnover of planting material for cassava production. This technology once employed in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the region will yield increased cassava production and hence is seen as a viable source for sustainable development. It will also promote the rapid propagation of cassava disease free planting material.
Dr Rouse-Miller acknowledged the initiative as a means of improving agricultural practices for farmers in Trinidad and Tobago and region-wide. One of the major outcomes resulted from her first-hand observation and lab work with Dr Escobar with respect to the cassava cultures. Dr Rouse-Miller was able to deduce the variables at the in vitro stage which was important for successful hardening for the required result. The second major outcome was the dialogue held with Dr Escobar and other CIAT researchers concerning the establishment of an efficient network for farmers across the region to share experiences and best practices.
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