Purdue Professor helps IITA Cassava Weed Management Project to tackle weeds
Steve Weller, a professor at Purdue University is assisting researchers in IITA and national partners working under the IITA Cassava Weed Management Project to fight weeds in cassava farming systems in Nigeria.
Early this year, Prof Weller worked with Prof Friday Ekeleme to design and set up herbicides experiments across Nigeria. Recently, he was on a monitoring visit which took him across the project sites.
In a chat with IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships and Capacity Development, Dr Kenton Dashiell; Prof Weller commended the IITA Cassava Weed Management team for an excellent performance.
He noted that the project was making steady and good progress. He commended the progress made in the use of machines to control weeds, adding that the technology holds promise for Africa.
Dr Dashiell thanked Prof Weller for his support to the project. He reiterated that the aim of the project was to increase the productivity of cassava in Africa while eliminating the drudgery faced by farmers especially women and children in weed control.