The first activity in the second year of DfID-funded DelPHE 5 Project took place recently. The activity was a report writing of the field survey conducted in the first year of the project.
The report writing took place on 12 – 15 December, 2011. Core team members from FUNAAB and Ekiti State Agricultural Development Programme attended the report writing. This included the Principal Investigator – Dr. A. R. Popoola, Prof. D. K. Ojo, Dr. (Mrs.) D. Adegbite, Sir Yemi Falana, and Mr. Ganiyu, S. A.
The report put together the responses of thirty tomato farmers in each of five tomato-growing states of the Federation. The report documented their farming practices and constraints. It zeroed in on the menace of tomato wilt and farmers’ response to the menace. Initial draft is being word-processed, and members agreed on the need to come together again for a day or two to synchronise the reports. This may be early in the New Year.
A similar report had been compiled by the project team members in Ghana, for the survey conducted in Ghana. A preliminary report submitted had as its title ‘A survey to assess tomato farming practices and constraints in some major growing areas of the Ashanti and Upper East Regions of Ghana’. A final report is also expected from the team in Ghana.
Plate 1. Day One of the Report Writing. Dr. (Mrs.) Adegbite, Prof. D. K. Ojo and Dr. A. R. Popoola getting some information ready for the report writing.
Plate 2. Putting heads together. From left: Mr. Ganiyu, S. A (Research Student attached to the project), Sir Yemi Falana (Extension Expert from Ekiti State Agricultural Development Programme), Prof. D. K. Ojo (Plant Breeder and team member), and Dr. A. R. Popoola (Plant Pathologist and Principal Investigator).