Scientists recommend additional herbicides for weed control in cassava farming
Cassava is the second most-consumed staple food after maize in sub-Saharan Africa, feeding more than 300 million people. Nigeria is the world’s biggest producer of cassava at 59 million tons per year.
However, this food security crop that can tolerate prolonged droughts is yet to attain its yield potential. Smallholder farmers in Africa harvest 8‒12 tons of cassava per hectare against a potential of 25 tons or more per hectare. Weeds are the leading cause of this poor yield.