A new nutmeg variety

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


Mr. Antony of Kottayam district has been experimenting with patch budding in Nutmeg trees for a long time. The high-yielding variety of budded nutmeg developed by him is a boon for the farmers, expecially when the prices of many agricultural and cash crops have come down moreover, nutmeg is a perennial crop and low investment is required for cultivation.

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.