The IITA-CWMP and Bestacor Enterprises have trained 200 farmers in Benue State on Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management.

The training was organized by Bestacor Enterprise on 17 August in Gboko, and IITA-CWMP was invited to facilitate the meeting.

Bestacor Enterprise is a for-profit organization that is involved in agro-services with about 12,000 members across Benue State.

Ms. Becky Usugh, Managing Director of Bestacor got in touch with IITA-CWMP via Facebook after her farmers suffered losses from weeds in cassava production. Thereafter, a date was fixed for the training on weed management.

After the training, participants were excited over the novel techniques being used by the IITA-CWMP to address weeds in cassava farming systems.

The training in Gboko was facilitated by Godwin Atser, IITA Communication & Knowledge Exchange Expert; and Dr Mary Agada, an Agro-Ecological Zone Scientist based at the University of Agriculture Makurdi.

Ms. Usugh commended the quality of training and promised to work more with IITA-CWMP to scale out the recommendations to other farmers. Both parties agreed to work together in the coming days to train more farmers.