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close this bookBetter Farming Series 17 - Groundnuts (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)
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close this folderChoosing seeds
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View the documentHow to choose good seeds
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View the documentHow to know whether seeds are good
View the documentChoosing the land
close this folderMarking out the boundaries of the field
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close this folderTilling
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close this folderSowing
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close this folderApplying fertilizers
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close this folderCultivating
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View the documentProtect groundnuts from disease
close this folderHarvesting
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View the documentStoring
View the documentMachines and animal power are very useful in growing groundnuts
View the documentCrop rotation
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Using selected seeds

10. It is not enough to choose good seeds and to disinfect them.

If you want a very good harvest, you must also use seeds from selected varieties.

Ask the extension services for selected seeds, for the best varieties.

Seeds from selected varieties produce better groundnuts:

- groundouts that contain more protein, and are there fore more nourishing;

- groundnuts that contain more oil, and are therefore better for the oil mills.

Selected varieties resist disease better.

In the humid regions, for example, certain varieties are resistant to rosette.

Selected varieties are more adaptable to climate. Some varieties ripen in 3 months; others in 5 months.

11. If the rainy season is long, it is best to sow groundnuts that ripen in 5 months, long- season groundnuts. If the rainy season is short, it is best to sow groundnuts that ripen in 3 months, short- season groundouts.

In places where there are two rainy seasons, it is possible to grow two crops a year - for instance, a groundnut crop first and then a cotton crop. (See diagram on following page.)


Is possible to grow two crops a year