EXPERIMENTAL AFRICAN PALM LABORATORY (LAPA) ENTERS A NEW PHASE
After three years of planting, grafting, maintaining (and revamping following the impact of extreme weather) LAPA’s experimental plantations, we are now actively moving into a new two-pronged phase: i) collecting critical information about the performance of the enriched plantations, compared to the traditional monoculture plantations, and ii) open it as a platform for research and education on the part of interested partners.
A central objective of LAPA is to examine oil palm productivity in diversified plantations, compared to traditional monocultures, and to place such productivity in the context of the additional benefits of diversified plantations.
It is well known that oil palm requires plenty of sunlight to maximize production. Therefore, there is no appetite to mix it with other crops. This however, runs the risks typical of monocultures, such as the emergence of devastating pests and diseases—in addition to biodiversity impoverishment. LAPA’s innovation consists of... [read more]