Thank you G.P. Rao garu. I have few more follow up questions (initial ones).
- I would like to learn what factors you took in to consideration and zeroed in on PKM-1 variety compared to other varieties?
- We use drip irrigation for the existing palm oil plants, what would be an appropriate irrigation set up for the drumstick plants?
(I want to eventually follow Palekarji’s ZBNF, please suggest the irrigation set up considering this too)
- Can we also grow Ginger in the palm oil, drumstick mix? If yes, at what points could we plant them?
- After initial yield in 6-8 months time, do they yield pods continuously or at regular intervals like 6 or 12 months?
- What are the economics for the PKM-1 variety?
- How does PKM-1 variety compare wiht PKM-2 and PAVM varities?
[/quote] Dear Raj sir, Why every farmer wants to go for cultivating PKM 1 variety is ,it got verygood yielding capacity,very good market acceptance, and this variety brought a revolution in Moringa Olifera farming and also brought TNAU,Periyakulam,Coimbatore to lime light in vegetables section. PKM 2 also has been released by TNAU only and its yielding is more than double than PKM 1, but unfortunately it is not encourased by the TNAU,coimbatore ,its size is abnormal and very difficult to grow by farmers,very lengthy and not attracted by the markets and consumers. Hence i suggested PKM1 for you.Nothing else.Seeds are available with TNAU,coimbatore,a govt university and you can get the seed directly from them by sending a draft to them for its value. Secondly, In the palm oil tree row you can use the same drip line for drumstick plants and for 2 additional rows, pl provide additional drip lines and as it is a temporary requirement, for 2 years only, you can use cheap variety drip lines. third is ,as far as ginger plantation is concerned,you should go for plantation of ginger in the 1st and 2nd weeks of April. But i donot have idea whether we can plant ginger in palm oil trees, as inter plantation or not Pl clarify from others. Fourth is, as it is an annual moringa Olifera variety,(Annual drumsticks variety),after the crop completes, you have to prune the plant totally at a height of 2.5 ft from bottom and 2 nd year you will get again a fresh crop.If it is PAVM variety,ie; Perennual moringa Olifera like of Sri alagara swamy, it gives yield throught year, but that is not suitable for inter planting in palm oil plantation. The fifth is,as far as the yielding part, generally PKM1 variety gives 300 to 350 pods per plant per crop and each weighs generally above 200 gms 300 gms, if proper nutritions are given , and if you grow in Organic farming,by investing required money for organic fertilisers and bio-pesticides… You are aware i think that lot of diffarance is there in Organic farming and ZBSF/ZBNF farming… If you want to go in ZBSF/ZBNF system , my experience is not sufficient to say economics of pkm1 . Final is ,the diffarance between PKM1 and PKM 2 are, no market acceptance and growing problems for PKM 2 variety, and hence TNAU is not encouraging PKM2. PAVM is a Perennual Moringa released by Sri Alagara Swamy of Dindigul, but it is not suitable for inter planting in Palm oil plantations. But it is also a very good variety along with ROHIT,Bhagya etc if you want to go for isolated /mono crop seperately.