New agroforestry techniques
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CTA. 1987. New agroforestry techniques. Spore 11. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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An agroforestry technique using Faidherbia albida, more commonly known as Acacia albida, has now been perfected and can be easily applied by farmers who are aware of the potential of this tree. Seeds harvested between January and April are hulled,...
An agroforestry technique using Faidherbia albida, more commonly known as Acacia albida, has now been perfected and can be easily applied by farmers who are aware of the potential of this tree. Seeds harvested between January and April are hulled, sorted and then dried for several days before being put in boiling water where they are left to soak for a day before finally being sown in plastic tubes and watered twice a day. They are then transplanted into holes about 30 cm deep during the rainy season when they have reached a height of 15 - 30 cm. The young trees need to be protected from livestock brushfires and weeds, and when they have established themselves, they need to be pruned so that they do not compete with the other crops. This simple regeneration process could be an important factor in the fight against desertification. By bringing up groundwater with its deep taproot, this tree provides a micro-climate favourable to other crops and it improves soil fertility by dropping its leaves just before the rainy season. Its fruiting bodies also provide a good fodder source for livestock during the dry season. For more details, contact: CTFT 45 bis, eve de la Belle Gabrielle 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne France
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