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  1. 1. PLANTATION AND INDUSTRIAL CROPS NDA - COLLEGE OF AGRIC AND CONSUMER SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON Principles of Plantation and industrial Crop Cultivation Life Cycle of Plantation and Industrial Crops Plantation and industrial crops may be classified on the basis of the life cycle of the crop. The life cycle of a crop plant is the stages of growth through which it perpetuates itself from the seed to the mature plant. The major stages in the life cycle are the seed, the processes of germination leading to the production of a seedling, the mature plant, flowering, fruiting seed formation. On the basis of time duration to complete the life cycle, plantation and industrial crops may be classified as annuals, semi- perennials and perennials. Annuals These crops complete their life cycle in one growing season lasting from 3-12 months. Examples are:. A. Maize (Zea mays) (cereal) which is now used for bio-diesel B. Groundnut (Arachis hypogea) (grain legumes) from which cooking oil is extracted C. Soy bean (Glycine max) (grain legume) which is used to produce cooking oil D. Cassava (Manihot esculentum) (Root and Tuber) is used to produce industrial starch E. Cotton ( Gossipyum spp.)(Fiber plant)is used to produce fiber for the textile industry F. Tobacco ( Nicotiana tabaccum) (drug Plant) is a source of nicotine Mistake in one growing season can be corrected during the following season. Semi-Perennials These crops complete their life cycle in two to three years. Plants in this group are generally vegetatively propagated. New plantation can be restarted from ratoon crop of the old plantation. Semi-perennial crops include: A. The sugarcane (Sacharum spp) which is used to produce sugar B. Pineapple ( Ananas comosus) which is eaten fresh or canned as juice C. Plantain and banana (Musa spp) which are eaten fresh or cooked. The perennials These crops complete their life cycle after many years. They may never die. They are generally trees crops. The perennials include: A. Cocoa ( Theobroma cacao) from which cocoa butter is extracted for the manufacture of chocolate.
  2. 2. B. Coffee (Coffea spp) Seeds of coffee plants contain caffeine and are brewed into a stimulating and refreshing drink. C. Oil Palm (Elaes guineensis) Palm oil and palm kernel oils are extracted from the seeds for the manufacture of soap, margarine and now bio-diesel. D. The Coconut palm (Cocos nucefera). Oil is extracted from copra, the dried endosperm for the manufacture of soap. E. Citrus (Citrus spp). Juice from the fruit is canned. F. Rubber (Hevea brasilliensis) Latex from the bark is processed into rubber products including lorry tyres. G. Cola (Cola nitida) Seeds are eaten as masticatory. Coca Cola drink is made from dried kolanuts. H. The shea butter tree. Shea butter is obtained from the seeds and used in pharmaceutical products. Special Characters (features) of Perennials. Dormancy of seeds: Seeds of perennial crops may have varying levels of dormancy. There is no general rule to predict the level of dormancy of seeds of tree crops Special conditions may be required to induce uniform germination as occurs in oil palm and kola. Fresh seeds of citrus, cocoa, coffee, and rubber germinate readily without pretreatment to induce germination. Viability of the seeds of these perennials may be lost few weeks after harvesting. (2) Seedling growth: Seedlings of tree crops are slow growing and may re requishade in the early stages. Eg. Oil palm, cocoa, mango and citrus. Shade requirement may vary from cultivar to cultivar in the same species. (3) Gestation period: This is the interval from seedling to adult stage when flowers begin to form. This period may last from 3 to 8 years depending on the genotype of the tree. (4) The growth pattern: The growth pattern of perennials may change after the end of the gestation period (vegetative growth period). The seedling growth pattern is orthotropic (Vertical) The adult growth pattern may be orthotropic or plagiotropic( Horizontal) (5) Reproduction: Flowers, fruits and seeds of perennials are formed after the gestation period. (6) Growth pattern after gestation period: After flower formation, reproductive growth alternates with vegetative growth. Reproductive growth period is called the season and during the season, fruits are formed. (7) Yield Pattern As a general rule, yields are very low at the onset of the reproductive period. Yield rises to a peak after 8 – 10 years: Yields stabilize for sometime and decline after 20 years. After the peak yield period is attained, one year of very high yield may alternates with two or three years of low yield. It may be necessary to replant the plantation after 20 to 25 years General Principles for Ensuring High Yield and Sustainable Production in Plantation Crops The general principles for ensuring high yield and sustainable production in plantation crops include the following activities.
  3. 3. 1. Choice of planting materials 2. Raising of planting materials in the nursery 3. Site or location of plantation 4. Land preparation 5. Time of establishment and spacing 6. Cultural practices such as manuring, pruning, disease and pest control and regular harvesting 7. Integration with livestock production Choice of Planting Material Planting materials of tree crops are either vegetatively propagated materials or F1 hybrid seeds. Vegetatively propagated planting materials: Superior mother plant in terms of yield, quality, resistance to diseases and, earliness and ease establishment is required to produce vegetatively propagated planting materials. Methods of vegetative propagation include budding, grafting, rooting of cuttings, and tissue culture. Each tree crop has a particular or several vegetative propagation methods which may be most suitable to produce large numbers of planting materials for plantation establishment. Rubber, citrus, plantains and bananas are examples of perennials or semi perennials which are established from vegetative propagation. For citrus, the use of vegetatively propagated planting materials by budding for establishing plantations results in plants which are short, early bearing, thornless and true to type in comparison with those established from seeds. .A number of viral and fungal diseases are transmitted through vegetative propagation. As a general rule, mature trees over 8-10 years old should be selected for vegetative propagation because: 1. Their vegetative buds have the stimulus to flower. This is the reason for early floweing in vegetatively propagated planting materials. 2. Symptoms of obscure pathogens in perennials become apparent after 6 to 8 years. Diseased plants become visible and thus can be avoided 3. Trees generally reach peak production at this period. High yielding trees can be identified and selected F1 hybrids F1 hybrid is the progeny of 2 parents. Hybrids seeds are used when crossing two parents produces progenies which are exceptionally vigorous, vigorous, early maturing, high yielding and disease resistant. Examples of perennial tree crops which are maturing, resistant. established from F1 hybrid seeds include cocoa and oil palm. It is important to note that the F2 seeds produced from the F1 plantation are not true to type and must never be used to establish a new plantation. Raising of planting materials of tree crops Because of the initial shade requirements of tree crops, and sometimes specialized seed treatments to induce germination, and the need for vegetative propagation, planting materials of tree crops are raised in the nursery. Nursery is a place where large numbers of young seedlings are given plenty of care, and conditioned before transplanting to the field at the right time and at the right spacing when field conditions will permit successful establishment of the seedlings. For vegetatively propagated crops, the nursery allows for vegetative propagation methods (budding and grafting) to be carried out.
  4. 4. In tree crops, early seedling vigor is positively correlated with ease of establishment, precocity and yield. Nursery allows for selection of vigorous seedlings to be transplanted in the field at the right time and at the optimum spacing. Establishment of tree crop nursery The nursery should be sighted on well drained upland areas, near a permanent source of water for irrigation (Borehole, rain harvesting, permanent rivers are sources of water for irrigating nurseries).: Irrigation methods usually employed in nurseries include drip, sprinkler and hand irrigation. Shade is needed for young seedlings. The type of shade provided in the nursery may be temporal or permanent. Palm frond shed is a suitable temporal shade. Fast growing leguminous trees such as Leucena, Gliricidia, Spondix spp. are suitable permanent shade. Types of nursery: Ground nursery or polybag nursery may be used to raise planting materials in the nursery. Ground nursery In ground nursery seedlings raised on beds. A major disadvantage with a ground nursery is that uprooting of seedlings results in damage to roots leading to transplanting shock. To overcome this transplanting shock problem, we now use the polybag nursery. Polybag nursery In the polybag nursery, potting mixture consisting of two parts of top soil and one part of river sand is used to fill polybags. The size of the polybag used depends on the size of the seedling. Polybag sizes 8”x9” or 7”x10” are used for citrus, mango and cocoa. Size14”x12” is used for oil palm . Time period for polybag nursery At least six months is required to raise planting materials of F1 seeds by polybag nursery One year is required to produce vegetatively propagated planting materials. Vegetative propagation methods are most successful during the dry season. Therefore: Rootstocks are raised in May/June, Budding or grafting is done from December to March. Field planting is done in May, June, July when rains stabilize. Climatic Factors Affecting the Production of Perennial Crops Apart from the planting materials used to establish plantation (tree) crops, the climate of the location where the plantation is sited is important for productivity of the plants. Important climatic factors are: A. Length of the dry season B Rainfall amounts and duration C. Night temperature Different crops have different specific climatic requirements. For example: 1. Mango requires drought to flower. Mango flowers and fruits best in areas with three or four months of drought such as the derived savanna areas. 2. Oil palm: Drought induces more male flowers than female flowers. Therefore areas with more than three months of severe drought are unsuitable for oil palm production. Oil palm is best produced in decidous and semidecious forest areas in
  5. 5. the eastern, central 3.Cocoa: Frequent rains result in increased humidity which in turns result in high incidence of black pod disease during the fruiting period. These conditions found in some parts of the Western region. 4. Rubber latex stops flowing in the dry season Therefore Rubber is best produced in areas with short dry season such as the Western Region. 5. Coffee requires cool night temperature to flower. Coffee yields best in mountainous regions where the night temperature is low such as areas in the Eastern and Volta regions.. Therefore knowledge of origin and ecology of the perennial crops is important for sitting the plantation at the right place. Examples of disastrous state plantations Oil palm plantation was established at Kwamoso, a marginal area in the Eastern region with wrong planting material Cola plantation was established at Akwansrem and Juabeng with unselected seeds Cocoa plantation was in the Western region in a location favourable for severe black pod disease Land Preparation Land preparation begins with the opening up of forest vegetation 1. Trees are felled with cutlass, axes, chain saw, fire. 2. Chemical tree poisoning (Arboricide, 2.4-D) may be used to remove trees 3. Bulldozers degrade and compact soil and ,remove soil organic matter. . Effects of clearing forest vegetation on the environment 1. In the equilibrium state the forest environment is cool, dark, and damp. 2 The top soil rich in organic matter. 3. There is no weed growth due to dormant weed seeds. 4. Low pest and diseases infestation. Changes occurring after removal of forest cover After the forest cover is removed, there is increased light and heat radiation hitting the soil surface. There is also direct impact of rain on soil surface. The result is that dormant weed seed begin to grow. There is rapid mineralization of soil organic There is increased run off resulting in erosion. There is also disease and pest build up. Therefore the following cultural practices are required to minimize the unfavourable effects of clearing forest vegetation on the environment for establishment of plantation crops.
  6. 6. 1.Cover cropping (green manuring) is required erosion control and soil organic mater buildup 2. Temporal and permanent shade are required to reduce direct effects of sunlight and rains on the soil surface. Temporal shade may include food crop intercrops. Permanent shade may include fast growing leguminous trees such as Leucena spp and Gliricidia spp to reduce excessive sunlight. Planting Planting time is when rains have stabilized – i.e. The peak of the rainy season is the best time for establishment. Each tree crop has a definite spacing at which yield is optimum. It is required that lining and pegging is carried out after soon after clearing to ensure that the plantation is established at the correct spacing. Cover crops are established one or two years after establishing the plantation. For closely spaced tree crops such as cocoa and coffee, the beneficial effects of cover crops disappear when the canopy closes. Integration of livestock production with tree crop production For the widely spaced tree crops such as Oil palm, Pueraria cover crop is widely used for nitrogen fixation, organic matter build up, and control of weeds. Pueraria cover is an excellent pasture for sheep. This makes it possible to integrate plantation crop production with live stock production. Other cultural practices required after establishing plantation crops 1. Pruning: Pruning involves removal of some parts of the plant eg basal chupons. Basal branches, lateral branches or leaf bases. The following benefits may be derived from pruning practices: Pruning encourages formation of new flowers as in Coffee It shapes the tree for ease of harvesting as in. oil palm It regulates the height of canopy as in cocoa, and encourages the growth of the scion as in Citrus and Mango Other cultural practices after establishing tree crops 1. Intercropping: Crops that are used as intercrop may provide: Temporal shade Check erosion and weeds Economic benefits 2. Fertilization: Based on the nutrient requirement of the crop and the nutrient status of the soil. Inorganic and organic sources of fertilizer are used. Emphasis is now shifting to the use of organic fertilizers. 3. Disease and Pest control: Monoculture of plantation crops provides substrate for the buildup of specific diseases and pest.
  7. 7. Processing, Utilization and International Trade of Plantation and Industrial Crops As a general rule: 1. Centres of origin of tree crops are far remote from major centres of production 2. Major centres of consumption of the processed product are far remote from major the centres of production of the primary product For example: Cocoa Origin: South America (Brazil) Major Production Centres: W/A Uses: Beverages, soap, confectionaries and pharmaceuticals Consumption centres : Europe and North America Rubber Origin:South America Major Production Centre: Far East ( Malaysia) Uses: Lorry tires, shoes, insulators, condoms, etc. Major Consumption Centres: USA/Europe Oil Palm Origin: West Africa Major Production Centre: Malaysia Uses:Soap, margarine Consumption Centres: Europe, USA, andWorld market Coffee Origin: Africa (Ethiopia) Major Production Centre: Brazil Uses: Beverage Consumption Centres: Europe, USA,World market Cola Origin: West Africa Major Production Centre: West Africa Uses: Beverage Consumption Centres: Europe, USA, and World market