des variétés supérieures de safoutier, manguier du Gabon, kolatier et plusieurs autres .. de «Akpi» poussent à présent à côté du cacao, sa culture principale. Safou (African pear) is a tropical fruit which belongs to the trees Dacryodes edulis L. and belongs . J. () Guide de la culture du safoutier. Au Cameroun Toute la partie méridionale du pays, d’Ambam à l’escarpement de N’gaoundéré est propice à la culture du safoutier. Partout dans cette zone.

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The market and agronomic potential of this species has not yet been sufficiently studied in Gabon.

It saffoutier used to make tool handles, mortars and is suitable for carpentry, firewood and timber. A small area of bark is removed from a good quality tree. Cultivation of the African plum Dacryodes edulis G.

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The cut area is covered with a soil mixture and kept in position with clear polythene film. Within the context of sustainable development, the modernization of the culture of the African plum in Gabon, in particular by reducing pest-related losses and through the prudent use of all the products of the tree, may lead to important economic and industrial incomes.


In Gabon, the African plum Dacryodes edulis [G. The seed kernel contains a high protein content and is often used as a livestock fodder. The oil is used for cosmetic and industrial purposes. It can be fried to produce a kind of butter and may also be consumed fresh. What are the uses of the safou tree? Presses Universitaires de Yaounde.

The leaves, stem and root barks are also used in traditional medicine to treat leprosy, dysentery, anemia and tonsillitis. Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Societe et Environnement Volume: The seeds should be planted approximately 2 cm deep in containers of acidic loam soils with a high humus content germination occurs within 12 – 15 days.

Air layering is the most common method of vegetative propagation. Economics of the safou tree – The safou tree is an economically important species 7 tonnes of oil per hectare is extractable from cultivated safou. The tree favours acidic soils, with organic matter in the surface horizon, this improves its growth and production. It is quite hard and usually consumed after boiling or roasting.

Guide de la culture du Safoutier [2001]

The fruits of this tree are widely appreciated and are sold regularly in all major urban markets. Views Read Edit View history. C and Kayem G. It favours moist, shade conditions and is often incorporated into multi-farming systems, especially uclture its early years of growth.

The tree can produce an annual yield of about – kg of pulp per tree.


After a number of weeks, the growing roots can be observed through the polythene film, the branch can then be severed and potted.

There is no detailed study of the pests affecting D. The trees will bear fruit in 4 – 5 years. Local production is limited but is offset by significant imports from border countries.

It occurs in non-flooded forests in humid tropical zones, but in drier areas safou prefers slightly swampy ground. The resin can also be used as a varnish.

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The fresh pulp has a pear-like flavour and oily flesh. The genus Dacryodes contains thirty-four species, 2 in Uclture America, 19 in Africa and 13 species in the Malaysian archipelago.

Editions CLE, Yaounde, p For seed propagation, fruits should be selected from trees with good production and quality. The tree is easy to cultivate and can grow in a wide range of farming systems.

It is also commercially imported as a fresh fruit to certain European saflutier, such as France and Belgium, from production sites in Cameroon, where intonnes of safou were exported.