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Fertilizer Micro-Dosing to Enhance Yield and Use Efficiency

Small Doses, Big Yields

The Fertilizer Micro-Dosing for Enhanced Yield and Efficiency Technology is a practice that involves applying small amounts of fertilizer in shallow holes at the base of each plant. This precise method is low-risk, affordable, and efficient.

This technology is TAAT1 validated.

8•7

Scaling readiness: idea maturity 8/9; level of use 7/9

Cost: $$$ 43 USD

Opportunity cost per Ha

ROI: $$$ 15—28 %

Increase in yield

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Problem

  • Nutrient deficiencies in millet and sorghum
  • Inefficient and risky fertilizer application methods
  • Insufficient nutrient replenishment and gradual soil fertility decline
  • Crop failure risk due to drought discouraging fertilizer investment
  • Nutrient deficiencies in millet and sorghum
  • Inefficient and risky fertilizer application methods
  • Insufficient nutrient replenishment and gradual soil fertility decline
  • Crop failure risk due to drought discouraging fertilizer investment

Solution

  • Addressing nutrient deficiencies in millet and sorghum
  • Providing a low-risk and precise fertilizer application method
  • Fostering rapid crop growth

Key points to design your business plan

This technology is beneficial for one main group: the end users (farmers):

Optimize your millet and sorghum cultivation with Micro-Dosing, a precise and low-risk fertilizer application. For the cost structure, after identifying the fertilizer specific to the crop :

  • Estimate the quantity of fertilizer needed for your production knowing that the total amount of fertilizer used in micro-dosing varies depending on the crop type and planting density. Millet grown at 16,666 plants per ha requires about 50 kg of fertilizer. Sorghum cultivated at a density of 26,666 plants per ha requires about 100 kg of fertilizer per ha. Applying compound fertilizer NPK (15-15-15) at a rate of 60 kg ha-1 is equivalent to 6 g per plant/hill, and DAP (18-46-0) at a rate of 20 kg ha-1 corresponds to 2 g per plant/hill.

Training may be important

As key partners you need agro dealers.

You need to estimate the profit realized with the use of this practice

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Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
Positive high
Under 18
Positive medium
Women
Positive medium

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
Biodiversity
It helps them grow and thrive
Carbon footprint
It reduces emissions a little
Environment
It makes a big difference
Soil quality
It makes the soil healthier and more fertile
Water usage
It uses the same amount of water

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Adopted
Countries with a yellow colour
Tested
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Burkina Faso Tested Adopted
Chad Tested Adopted
Ethiopia Tested Adopted
Kenya Tested Adopted
Mali Tested Adopted
Niger Tested Adopted
Nigeria Tested Adopted
Senegal Tested Adopted
Sudan Tested Adopted
Tanzania Tested Adopted
Zimbabwe Tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool
Arid
Semiarid
Subhumid
Humid

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: decent work and economic growth

 Procedure for implementing the technology of "Fertilizer Micro-Dosing to Enhance Yield and Use Efficiency":

1. Micro-dosing offers a low-risk strategy for farmers by using small and affordable quantities of inputs.

2. Fertilizer applied in shallow holes at the base of each plant is placed close to active roots, allowing crops to establish more quickly and absorb nutrients and water efficiently.

3. It decreases the investment costs of farmers and increases yield responses even with lower rates of fertilizer application.

4. Proportionally fewer nutrients from mineral inputs are lost to the environment.

5. Combining micro-dosing with organic matter input, water harvesting, and contour bunding techniques enhances nutrient assimilation.

6. The technology is adaptable to various millet and sorghum growing areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, including drylands.

7. It is particularly suitable for resource-limited farmers working on degraded lands who cannot afford recommended amounts of mineral fertilizers.

Last updated on 22 May 2024