A new oil palm project in Sierra Leone : Report on a mission from october 14th to 20th, 2012

Jannot Claude. 2012. A new oil palm project in Sierra Leone : Report on a mission from october 14th to 20th, 2012. Montpellier : CIRAD, 95 p. N° de rapport : CIRAD-PERSYST N°2505

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Abstract : Summary: Biopalm Energy from SIVA group is an Indian-owned, Indonesian-registered set of companies which aims at developing oil palm cultivation in several countries worldwide. In Sierra Leone Siva has already secured 347,000 ha in various locations and is currently developing an estate in Bureh Kasseh Makonteh chiefdom, Port Loko district. 275 ha have been planted in 2011 and 600 ha will be planted in 2013. Another estate should soon start being developed in Gallines Perri chiefdom, Pujehun district. Climatic conditions are better in Pujehun than in Port Loko, and soils are on the whole suitable to oil palm in both places. From the relationship between water deficit and yield, and taking into account genetic progress, yield potential can be estimated at 19 t FFB/ha in Pujehun and 14 t FFB/ha in Mange (26 t FFB/ha with irrigation). When considering the proportion of the various classes of soils in Pujehun, expected yield must be cut down to 17 t FFB/ha when planting only on the 50% best soils, and 15 t FFB/ha if 90% of the concession is to be converted to palms. The same estimation will have to be made at Mange, but no data are presently available on the proportion of soil classes in the area. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : F01 - Crop husbandry

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Jannot Claude, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Systèmes de pérennes (FRA)

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