A macadamia farm in Gia Lai Province’s Đak Đoa District. – Photo baogialai.com.vn GIA LAI – The Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Gia Lai will expand macadamia cultivation by growing the nut in coffee plantations and forests, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It has more than 10,000ha of forest lands without forest trees, and macadamia trees could be planted there, it said. Intercropping of macadamia trees in coffee farms would be increased as the former can provide shade and shield coffee shrubs from winds besides providing an additional income equivalent to the income from coffee, it said. The province has nearly 100,000ha of coffee plantations where the macadamia could be intercropped, it added. Vũ Ngọc An, deputy director of the department, said macadamia trees have been planted in the province since 2010 mostly together with coffee. Farmers normally intercrop 100 – 150 macadamia trees per hectare of coffee field, he said. The province has around 600ha under macadamia, including 580ha in Kbang District. Mã Văn Tình, head of the Kbang Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development, said farmers harvest of 1 – 1.5 tonnes of nuts per hectare in case of monoculture and 500kg if… Read full this story
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