Nuts about macadamia
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Paap, Peter. 2006. Nuts about macadamia. Spore 123. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Producing less, but selling for more. That, in a nutshell, is the new philosophy being embraced by farmers in Burundi, who are launching themselves headlong into diversification.
Producing less, but selling for more. That, in a nutshell, is the new philosophy being embraced by farmers in Burundi, who are launching themselves headlong into diversification. The golden age of coffee, which accounted for 80% of export revenues before the civil war, is now drawing to a close in this small, land-locked country. The fall in world prices, together with climate-related problems have disheartened many farmers, who are now turning to new crops (roses, vetiver, passion fruit) in an effort to penetrate more export-oriented markets. A case in point is a project to grow macadamia nuts (Macadamia ternifolia) launched by ISABU, the agricultural research institute in Burundi. Served as a snack, the white kernel of this small round nut is increasingly sought after in Western markets. Its extremely fine oil is prized for cosmetic use. The Burundi government has made a US$250,000 ( 206,000) grant to create a nursery containing several thousand macadamia saplings. Each farmer will receive 20 small trees, which, in 2-years time, should yield between 400 and 800 kg of nuts. The shelled nut currently fetches US$12 (about 10) a kilo on the international market.