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Looking for soil amendments in Niger

Network member Ron in the Maradi region of Niger is looking for soil amendment options to improve crop yields! Farmers primarily grow millet though there is potential to grow other crops such as watermelon for higher-value markets in the local town. He has sent soil samples for evaluation and results indicate that the soil, which is sandy, is deficient in several micronutrients as well as Magnesium. Ron would like to source humic acid as well as coconut coir/fiber to use as soil amendments. Do you know of any local sources? Or other soil amendment options that he could utilize?

Whatever he does for the short term, he should go for integrating deep-rooted trees into his system, they will provide a lot of micronutrients from deeper layers for his fields in the longer term (besides having a lot of other benefits for tropical agriculture as well)… :wink: