In partnership with a local producer and ISRA (Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles – West Africa’s leading agricultural research institute), Partagria has launched the pilot stage of a 600 ha. groundnut production project in Senegal. This large initiative will accomplish the following key goals:
- Cultivate improved peanut varieties optimized for export confectionery usage (historically, the bulk of Senegal’s peanut crop has been utilized in lower-value oil production)
- Introduce improved fertilization, phytosanitary, and farm management practices to the community
- Provide numerious rural jobs
- Provide field training for ISRA’s agronomic specialists
- In longer term, supply Senegal’s seed bank with improved seed varieties
The project has commenced with the planting of three pilot fields around an existing agricultural complex in the region near the city of Touba.
The peanuts are being planted with seed certified by Senegal’s Ministry of Agriculture and coated with a fungicide to ensure maximum germination rate.
The in addition to clearing, plowing and other preparation tasks, the soil has been sampled for testing by ISRA as well as labs in United States. This testing aids in designing optimized fertilization programs as it allows the specifically augment the nutrients that are most deficient in the soil.
The seeds for the pilot phase have already germinated and the peanuts will be harvested at the end of October.