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close this bookBetter Farming Series 17 - Groundnuts (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)
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What is the correct spacing?

Very often groundnuts are not sown densely enough.

30. Dense spacing

- makes it easier to deal with the weeds for if the ground is covered by groundnuts, fewer weeds can grow;

- increases the yieldfor if there are more plants, there will also be more pods;

- makes it easier to control rosette disease;

- makes it easier to give each plant the same amount of fertilizer.
31. For long- season varieties, which take 5 months to ripen:

Leave 15 centimetres between seeds in each row, and 60 centimetres between rows.

Like that you will have 110000 plants per hectare.

You should sow 110 kilogrammes of pods per hectare.

32. For short- season varieties, which take 3 months to ripen:

Leave 15 centimetres between seeds in each row, and 40 centimetres between rows.

Like that you will have 165 000 plants per hectare.

You should sow 160 kilogrammes of pods per hectare.

- On sloping ground, make the rows across the slope so as to prevent erosion.

33. If you sow on ridges, In very damp soll:

Leave 15 centimetres between seeds in each ridge and 80 centimetres between ridges. Like that you will have 85 000 plants per hectare. You should sow 80 kilogrammes of pods per hectare. One week after sowing, replace any plants that have not grown.


Density of 110.000 plants per hectare


Density of 165.000 plants per hectare