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the oil palm
Published by arrangement with the
Institut africain pour le développement économique et social
B.P. 8008, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Reprinted 1977, 1983, 1990
BETTER FARMING SERIES
The titles published in this series are designed as hand-books for intermediate-level agricultural education and training courses. They may be purchased as a set or individually.
This manual is a translation and adaptation of “Le palmier à huile,” published by the Agri-Service-Afrique of the Institut africain pour le développement économiaue et social (INADES), and forms part of a series. Grateful acknowledgement is made to the publishers for making available this text, which it is hoped will find widespread use at the intermediate level of agricultural education and training in English-speaking countries.
It should be noted that the original texts were prepared for an African environment and this is naturally reflected in the English version. However, it is expected that many of the manuals of the series — a list of which will be found on the inside front cover — will also be of value for training in many other parts of the world. Adaptations can be made to the text where necessary owing to different climatic and ecological conditions.
Applications for permission to issue this manual in other languages are welcomed. Such applications should be addressed to: Director, Publications Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
The cover illustrations were prepared by Asun Balzola.
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
© French edition, Institut africain pour
le développement économique et social (INADES) 1967
© English edition, FAO 1970
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• Modern oil palm cultivation
Before starting think things over carefully
Life of the oil palm
The fruits of the oil palm yield oil
Why cultivate oil palms?
Where to cultivate oil palms
• The oil palm nursery
How to make a nursery
Layout of paths and nursery beds
Putting up shelters
• The plantation
Preparing the site
Pegging the planting pattern
Planting out the oil palm seedlings
Putting wire netting around seedlings
• Looking after the plantation
How much fertilizer to apply
Protect against insects
• Suggested question paper