I am currently in discussion for purchase of land in Konkan. The area has laterite rocks. Around the area i have also seen a laterite quarry from where the Jambha / Chira / Laterite stone is being extracted. Seen a couple of cashew plantations around the area as well. I have read articles which suggest that cashew’s grow well in such places. The way to plant them is by blasting holes in the rock, filling the holes with soil and then planting cashew as well as mangoes. Blasting the rocks ensures the base gets fractured thus providing enough space for roots to go deep in.
Would like to know if anyone has experience in such plantations, and if yes, how successful these plantations are. Unfortunately couldnt speak to the people who have plantations around, as the farm help didnt have much info and the owners are proxy farmers.
Another query i have is around water for cashew plantations. Cashew is majorly grown as rainfed crop. Would the 1 year old plants too survive the harsh summers with little or no water ?
Thanks in advance !!