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Happy Monday!

I am thinking of buying 5 hectares of agricultural land in my home country-The Philippines and plant trees for business. Is it advisable to intercrop coffee trees and rubber trees? Is this a good or bad farming & business idea?

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Leysander

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In my experience intercropping of Rubber and Coffee is not a particularly attractive idea. This is because 1. Both rubber trees and coffee trees are huge users / depleters of soil based nitrogen. You would need to invest very heavily in fertiliser to cover this defficate. 2. Arabica...which really is the now and future of coffee grows best above 1200m on heavily sloping terain. Rubber grows best on lower terain which is relatively flat. 3 (and finally) rubber trees are cultivated fairly density to increase yield and ease of harvesting the sap. This creates a fairly dense foliage...you would have probably noted not too much secondary vegetation in the rubber plantations you have seen. This is a far from scientific  

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Questions on Indonesian Coffee (thats my speciality). Can include specific origins (East Java, Takengon, Toraja, Kintamani-Bali etc. Also about specific beans- Lintong, Mandehling, Java arabicas..etc. Also any other questions about Indonesian Coffee- the different cupping qualities, bean hardness, roast profiles...through to any questions about Indonesian coffee scene- does coffee luwak exists? How much coffee is exported from Central Java? Who planted the first plantations in East Java? Why is coffee often called "Java"

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