Pepper and nutmeg as intercrop in coconut

Good day all,

  I own 22 acres of coconut farm in madurai(watrap) (10 acre with 15 year old trees and remaining with 4 year old trees).
Now planning to go for pepper and nutmeg as intercrop.
Can anyone guide me regarding this like no of plants per acre.(coconut 24 feet distance)
where to get sampling.and any first hand information .
Thanks

Dear Sri Shankarpandi,

I advise you to meet Sri OVR Somu sir, a successful and great farmer of coconut and nut meg farming.

His farm is in pollachi, Tamilnadu, which is near to your farm.

Take his permission, visit his farm and obtain his opinion on your farm and nutmeg cultivation and you can take a good decision.

As far as pepper, you can go for pepper vines to claim on to your coconut trees. You can not expect very good Yields. Same in case of bush pepper also. They give very good yields in good humid  and elevated at 3000 ft above msl, like western ghats etc.

With best wishes,  g.p.rao,  farmer

With best wishes,  g.p.rao,  farmer

Rao sir, would bush pepper give good yield in udupi district in Karnataka

Dear Sri Vaishak,

Bush pepper do well in elevated areas ,more than ,around ,3000 ft above msl, which will generally have mild climates and should have good humidity levels in shady places/farms.

One best place is western ghats. Coffee, pepper vines and bush peppers do well.

General thumb rule is , where coffee do well vine and bush pepper too do very well…

With best wishes,  g.p.rao,  farmer