|Better Farming Series 24 - The Oil Palm (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)|
25. In big plantations the forest trees are pulled up with the help of big machines. But often the grower cannot use these machines.
Begin by marking out the boundaries of the plantation. Next, cut down as many trees as you can around the plantation and take all the trees away, so that the fire cannot burn down the whole forest. This is called making a firebreak. Then set fire to the plantation site.
When the fire is over, the soil is bare. You must protect the soil against the sun, for the sun burns the soil and destroys the humus.
At the beginning of the rainy season, sow a cover crop; a mixture of Pueraria javanica Centrosema pubescens, and Calopogonium muconoides. Sow 4 to 6 kilogrammes of seed per hectare.