Practiced synchronous planting after a fallow period
- Synchronous planting enables efficient use of irrigation;
- minimizes spread of pest damage within a community; and
- helps the community avoid the overlapping incidence of insect population and disease occurrence.
After harvest, farmers are advised to leave their fields idle for 30 days (fallow period). This breaks the insect pest cycle and destroy disease hosts.
The field should have a fallow period of at least 30 days after harvest. It should be planted within 14 days before and after the majority of the irrigation service area has been planted.
- Allow a fallow period of at least a month from harvest to establishment of the next crop. This can break the pest cycle and facilitate the success of crop management practices.
- Follow the local planting calendar. This maximizes the use of irrigation within the community.