We are in the process of developing a 3.5 acre Organic farm near Nelmangala. We have planted just last week
One acre Guava with 15 ftx15 ft distance plant to plant and row to row as well.We wish to know from Farmnest Gurus what are the options for intercropping ?
Also we have planted Lemon with 20 ftx20 ft spacing in 1.5 acre.However we have planted Drum stick between two rows ie at 10 ft whereas lemon plant to plant distance is 20 ft.I wish to know what else can be grown for next 2 years as intercrop?
3)We have left nearly one acre for future projects, if any like Green house etc.How this land can be profitably made use of for next one year or so?
Thanking in advance
I am no expert in the field.However ,I was advised Allhabad Safed for its commercial viability .You may please get the expert advice from Farmnest Heroes who always lend a helping hand.
If you look at subash palekar method for guava planatation, in 16x16 ft, you can put 4 drumstick plants and 4 papaya plants. The center can have pomagranate or seethaphal. The 8 feet line can take toor dal and related plants. You need to look at his pattern of cropping for details. I have done almost the same pattern with slight changes.
Allahabad safeda is a age old and well proven variety, widely accepted in all major markets of India. It can be cultivated by regular farmers, expert farmers and results will be like how we do.
Fruits also can be yield from small size to big up to 500 GMs and more , by adopting good pruning practices and precision farming. Good market prices can be achieved.
VNR bihi , guava is a new variety, recently introduced in Indian markets. Up to gathered information, it is doing well in farming and also in markets, with good pricing.
Both are with good keeping quality, and good taste , also with good market acceptance. You can compare it with, Allahabad safeda is like mechanical engineering , good and standard, and Vnr Bihi like computer science engineering, a new trend .
Attached the planting map that we are planning to follow for Cashew/Lemon/Guava. We have been advised to plant minimum 2-3 varieties for each crop (for example - Allahabad safed, Sardar, L49 varities of Guava). We might add some Mango plants (and reduce Lemon plants) to this map as well.
Dear Vinayjan, Please share your planting map. Also, please let me know where to get perennial variety Red gram (toor dal) seeds ?
Are you intending the following configuration once the plats mature and tree canopy grows in about 10-12 years time frame:
Only the Guava and cashew plants in the top and lowest row and lemon plants in middle row will remain, all others (sitaphal, pomegranate and drumstick) will be removed or die out. The glaricidia can grow fast but it can be chopped down to use as mulch I suppose.
Allahabad Safeda is a commercially grown variety across India & mainly used for table purpose
VNR Guava is a recently developed variety of guava which weighs around 800gm-1000+gms with big size, less seeds, longer keeping quality/shelf life
It is mainly used for processing purpose