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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 143: VIII African Symposium on Horticultural Crops

HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND RESEARCH IN DARFUR REGION

Authors:   M.K. Ahmed, M.S. Hassan
DOI:   10.17660/ActaHortic.1984.143.3
Abstract:
This review outlines the overall picture of the existing situation of horticultural production and research in Darfur region. The demand for horticultural crops is increasing rapidly due to a number of reasons. There are great potentialities for horticultural production in the region to supply local markets and may be exported to other parts of the country or abroad. Vast areas in the region specially at Jebel Marra, Sagelnaam and Southern Darfur are characterized by their good fertile soils, lower temperatures, enough rainfall and available underground water. These areas are very suitable for the production of horticultural crops specially those that cannot be produced in other parts of the country such as coffee, strawberries, apples etc. But emphasis should be on the most successful crops such as oranges, mangoes and cottage industries.

Although the region is leading other parts of the country with respect to the yield of many crops, still large areas are not utilized and the average yield of the farmers is very low. This is attributed to a number of reasons of which the lack of skill of the farmers and lack of technical information are the most important. Very little or no research has been conducted in the region except at Jebel Marra. Horticultural research and extension should be strengthened in order to put the available information into practice and help solve the existing and future problems.

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