An easy concept but difficult procedure is to stake out an orchard with a planting distance of 8m, in straight rows. If successful in establishing right angles, then one can efficiently place 169 trees in a one hectare square (13 trees by 13 trees). Random planting is OK to use if land is not a limiting factor, but if one wants to get the maximum production out a plot of land, one must use the 3-4-5 triangle to get your first right angle, then proceed to measure out your 8m distances in every direction. CEFA staff assists the newly created co-op at Ndumba in establishing its first one hectare orchard that will be planted in oil palm, cola nuts, and various other fruit trees once the rains start (within a month's time). Having been taught how to do this method of spacing, this co-op can extend its orchard in any direction and add more trees to its orchard at any time. This demonstration empowered this co-op to seek long-term solutions to its quest for reaching self-sufficiency in food production plus taking into consideration crops that will generate income.
Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic
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