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Red Chilli before and after

 
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BEFORE: Weak stems and nutrient deficiency is apparent, consequently affecting the growth, quantity and quality of the crop. Crop grown from traditional method is more prone to pests and disease attack.

 

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AFTER: The growth is faster as red chilies have started growing already. The seeds were planted on raised seed beds and dipped in fungicide. This gives the crop the ability to fight against pests and other diseases such as Aflatoxin. The crop develops a stronger root system enabling it to efficiently absorb nutrients, look healthier and fresher. Kunri, a major hub for red chilies in Pakistan has been suffering due to the rapid annual deterioration of the quality of the vegetable.

Red chilies are attacked by pests and other diseases causing a major decline in the export market. Farmers lack the skills of modern techniques which could prevent such losses. The Agribusiness Project funded by the USAID is currently training over 1,000 red-chili farmers to enable them to implement modern techniques in farming. The training focused on key techniques such as treating the chili seed and planting it on raised seed beds so it can fight pests and other diseases from an early stage. This reduces the chances of the crop from getting infested.

 

 



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