• OIL PALM (Elaeis guineensis)
    AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

    OIL PALM (Elaeis guineensis)

    The oil palm belongs to the plant family called palmea or palm family. On commercial basis, both the oil and the kernel are important. The oil is obtained from the mesocarp and the kernel from the endocarp. The fruit is called a drupe. Oil palm is an oil crop.   Land preparation The land is cleared and hoe is used to make heaps or ridges. Flat land can be used for growing oil palm. Land can also be prepared mechanically by ploughing, harrowing and ridging.   Varieties/Cultivars: Dura, pisifera and tenera. Dura: This variety has a thin mesocarp, thick endocarp (shell) with a large kernel. It is genetically homozygous and…

  • COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE OIL RIVERS PROTECTORATE
    POLITICAL HISTORY

    COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE OIL RIVERS PROTECTORATE

    The Oil Rivers Protectorate was named by the British traders referring to the abundance of oil palm which was the most profitable and important trading commodity in the region during the early 19th century. The Protectorate was established by the National African Company in 1884. By 1885, the Oil Rivers area was claimed as a British territory by the National African Company, which used gunboat diplomacy to deal with the local rulers. The British claim over the areas was confirmed at the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885. The territory of the Protectorate included the Niger Delta, which the British referred to as the Oil Rivers. After the Berlin Conference, Britain extended…

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