Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Coconut Harvest

Farm has around 150 coconut trees and they are harvested on every 2 months. Earlier a person near the farm comes with workers, they climb the trees, pluck it and ladies collect it and then dehusked and taken. Each coconut will be given the current market price and small ones will be counted as half. Now a days, Tamilians from Meenakshipuram/Pollachi side comes and takes it, a single person harvest it using bamboo pole and ladies picks it up, they take the whole coconut. I don't get the husk back, a major disadvantage.This time got around 1500 coconuts in 3 months. Yield is less after the harsh summer.

Glyricedia Alley Cropping trial

As per Mike Hands Pongamia is best for tropical climate, but wanted to also try with Glyrecedia since there are plenty of planting sticks available. Also one area of the farm, I could see them effectively shading out weeds.


Planted 8 banana suckers (local poovan variety) by taking pits, put some ash available and pureria cuttings and then planting suckers. At 1.5 feet distance Glyrecedia sticks were planted, width between rows is around 11 feet. Some cowpea seeds were also put around each pit.

Hope Gylrecedia patch will make the area fertile and will provide lot of mulch and shade during summer.