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van den Bosch, S. 'At first they laughed at Me'


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Through the Climate Change Adaptation project (CCA) of the Country Pilot Partnership (CPP) hundred demonstration plots were ploughed all over the region to show farmers how they can have a better yield while using less water and saving on labour.

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"Instead of conventional disc plows, rippers are used," he explains. "These dig narrow and deep furrows. The project has one mechanized ripper available that farmers can use. The only disadvantage is that they need a tractor. In the future we plan to distribute animal‐drawn rippers because many small‐scale farmers don’t have access to tractors." Because of its precise tilling with minimal disturbance to the soil, conservation agriculture sequesters more carbon in the earth than normal plowing. "The roots penetrate better which contributes greatly to the stability of the plants. Very important is that the furrows keep the water in, so it mixes nicely with the fertiliser and nutrients. In the other plots the water just washes off the land taking all the fertiliser. Here, the water seeps into the soil reaching the roots easily."

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