New Year, New Intercrops

Starting in 2018, peanuts will be planted in the 1 Million Trees program area

Starting in 2018, approx. 15 smallholders from the 1 Million Trees program will begin to plant peanuts in the interspaces between the Sengon trees on their fields. The newly established activities regarding intercrops will mainly focus on the following aspects: peanuts are fast-rotating fruits which can be harvested for the first time after 100 days. Therefore, 2-3 harvesting cycles can be reached per year. Also, peanuts can grow in the shadow which makes them a perfect fit as an intercrop between Sengon trees. Also, they cover the ground and keep grass and weed away from reaching the Sengon. As “cash crops“ they enable the farmers to increase their income by selling the peanuts ideally three times a year, while the Sengon trees have to grow between 7-10 years before they can be harvested and sold.

Project officer Teddy is currently visiting smallholders in the program region who have raised their interest in joining those activities. In order to plant peanuts, the field has to be prepared and taken care of and no chemical fertilizers should have been applied for the last three years as the peanuts are going to be certified organic. Moreover, the smallholders and their families must have enough capacity to take care of the peanuts as they need intense care and attention.
Concretely spoken, smallholders like Nathanael and his wife Mira from the village of Rabambang will participate next year to plant peanuts. While Nathanael will continue to take care of the already planted Sengon field, his wife Mira and her mother will take care of the peanuts and plant them in the interspaces on the field. A perfect job-sharing model!

In the next years, the peanuts from the agroforestry fields will be available on the German market as well, due to the new partnership with the Indonesian producer PMA from Jakarta and the company Floresfarm from Stuttgart.

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