State of the art of yam production
Abukari Wumbei, Sopkoutie Kengni Nerlus Gautier, Joseph Kwowura Kwodaga, Djeugap Fovo Joseph and Yamdeu Joseph Hubert Galani 2022. State of the art of yam production. in: Prashant Kaushik (ed.) Root Vegetables [Working Title] London Intech Open.
|Authors||Abukari Wumbei, Sopkoutie Kengni Nerlus Gautier, Joseph Kwowura Kwodaga, Djeugap Fovo Joseph and Yamdeu Joseph Hubert Galani|
Yam is a labor-intensive and weed-sensitive food crop. The labor-intensive nature of the yam means that the production process requires the attention of the farmer all year round. However, the dwindling labor situation and the proliferation of weeds have forced farmers to think of modern ways of controlling weeds on their farms, that is, the adoption of chemical (herbicides) weed control. Even though the adoption of these chemicals has no doubt brought relief to the farmers and has resulted in increased yam production over the years, it has also brought in its wake, negative externalities of environmental pollution, human health effects, and food quality issues. The study was thus designed to investigate how yam is produced, the human and environmental health effects of how yam is produced, and food quality effects of how yam is produced. This was done through literature review, and field and laboratory experiments. It was revealed that, in recent years, new innovations have been introduced in yam production, the manner in which farmers handle herbicides in their yam production process exposes them to high doses of pesticides, thereby endangering their lives. The study findings also suggest that the use of herbicides in yam production does not affect the quality of the yam.
|Keywords||Yam production; Food security; Chemical herbicides; Ghana; West Africa|
|Book title||Root Vegetables [Working Title]|
|Place of publication||London|
|Online||19 Aug 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||12 Jul 2022|
|Deposited||25 Aug 2022|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.106504|
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