A new nutmeg variety
Name : Mr. Tom C Antony
District & State : Kottayam, Kerala
Category : Utility
Award : Appreciation
Award Function : 1st National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2001
Budding in Nutmeg tree for high yield. The contributor has been experimenting with patch budding in Nutmeg trees. Usually it takes 100-120 nutmegs and 800 to 1000 nutmeg mace to weigh 1 Kg. As against this, it takes only 80-100 nutmegs and 300-350 mace of the budded variety to weigh 1 Kg A 15 year old tree yields 3500 to5000 nutmegs in a year. The Scion of nutmeg tree is budded to the stock of a forest variety. It will yield within 4 years. In the ordinary nutmeg, the sex can be determined only after flowering which takes 6-8 years. This problem does not arise in the budded variety. This high-yield variety of budded nutmeg would be ideal for farmers especially when the prices of many agricultural and cash crops have gone down.