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African leaders learn UGA techniques

July 27, 2006
by Allison Phillips

Tifton -- Leaders in agriculture travel around the world to southwest Georgia to learn how to improve crop production.  

Six African leaders came to Tifton today for training at UGA's campus. One of the greatest challenges for these countries is the large illiteracy rates that make it difficult to learn better ways of production.

Leaders will return to their countries and share what they've learned from local experts on how to have sustainable agriculture. "They will take the information from their three weeks in the United States back home in their own form of agriculture extension, share that and bring that knowledge to increase their production," said Bill Boone, Director of the Agriculture Innovation Center.

"It's more or less difficult for us to get fertilizers," Sokowuah Subah, Liberian Regional Coordinator. "It's more expensive so if you can use ordinary ideas to grow crops without fertilizers I think its sustainable."

The UGA Center develops improvements in crop production that can be applied worldwide.

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