Corn is one of the more popular crops among farmers in Macedonia. Unfortunately, its average yield is 72% lower than the global optimum.
The USAID Small Business Expansion Project saw this as an opportunity to help small farmers expand by changing the way they grow corn.
In 2013 we covered 40 corn fields with drip irrigation systems and advised farmers on how to make the most out of the new technology.
One successful corn season later, we noticed that the yields, and the water and labor savings, had significantly increased on all 40 fields.
Grain yields increased by 52%, silage yields by 48%, water usage efficiency by 30-60%, and irrigation took 5 times fewer hours than before.
This is Goran. Thanks to his new drip irrigation system, he got 17 tons of grain and 112 tons of silage per hectare - a record in Macedonia.
The USAID Small Business Expansion Project will continue to support the modernization of small corn producers in 2014.