November 25, 2013. The Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) in Ranchi has asked farmers to take up fruit production system (FPS) between big trees like mango and jackfruit to raise their economy in the same size farmland.
“Mostly you see there is a space unused between big trees like mango, jack fruit and guava trees. So we are advising farmers to take up FPS and cultivate pineapples and some other fruits in between the big trees in their farm land,” Dr Shivendra Kumar, Principal Scientist and Head of ICAR, Plandu in Ranchi, said.
Showing how the research centre has been successfully reaping the fruit harvest between mango trees in its huge campus, Kumar said ICAR has training programmes for farmers willing to take up FPS.
“There, you can see how pepper crop is being cultivated on mango trees here (Plandu),” Kumar said, pointing at the large number of creeper crop, growing in the same area.
“If farmers are willing to take up these methods, they can add to their income in the same farmer land they own,” he said while showing some other crops which could be taken up as two-crop or three-crop methods by the farmers.
The important factor, he added, is that the withered crops serve as nutrients to the big trees, saving the farmers’ money.
This are lessons Kenya can learn from, and grow fruits in tree farms that usually have large unused spaces.