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RLF plays an important part in the production of food crops in many parts of the world.

RLF is a major contributor to plant health and nutrition, and has developed new and exciting technologies to advance crop quality and yield. It's 'Integrated Fertiliser Approach' has a positive influence on achieving the increased crop yields necessary as demand for food grows.

RLF is committed to its role of providing the best possible outcomes and products for agriculture and is a proud partner to farmers and growers throughout the world.

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Fast Facts
  • Peanuts are a member of the legume family and are thought to have first been domesticated and cultivated in the valleys of Paraguay and Bolivia some 7,000 years ago.
  • China is the world's biggest producer of peanuts claiming almost 42% of overall world production. India is the second largest producer. Five of the world's top ten peanut producing countries are from Asia
  • The world produces 34.5 million tonnes of peanuts each year
  • Peanuts are known by many names around the world – earth-nuts, ground-nuts, goober peas, pygmy nuts or monkey nuts. But curiously it is not a nut at all.
  • Peanuts are annual herbaceous plants growing 30cm – 50cm tall and their flowers are a typical peaflower in shape, coloured yellow with reddish veining.
  • Although the peanut was used as a garden crop by early civilisations it was mostly used as an animal feed stock.
  • Thousands of peanut cultivars are grown throughout the world but four major cultivar groups stand out as being the most popular. They are Spanish, Runner, Virginia and Valencia.
  • Peanuts have many uses. They can be eaten raw, used in cooking and made into solvents and oils. They are also present in some medicines, cosmetics and textile materials.
  • Across the world peanuts are one of the most popular ingredients in popular confections such as peanut butter, candy and chocolate bars, peanut brittle. They are most popular however as roasted and salted nuts.
  • Peanut Oil is often used in cooking because of its mild flavour and relatively high smoke point. Because it has high monounsaturated content it is considered more healthy than saturated oils.
  • Peanuts have great nutritional value. They provide over 30 essential nutrients to the human body and are a good source of niacin, folate, fibre, vitamin E and magnesium.
  • An Integrated Fertiliser Program using RLF products can greatly enhance crop quality and yield.