Budding in nutmeg trees

Budding in nutmeg trees

Name : Mr. Varkeychan Kalapurackal

District & State :  Kottayam, Kerala

Category : Consumer durables

Award :   Appreciation

Award Function :   1st National Grassroots Innovation Awards

Award Year : 2001

Mr Kalapurackal is basically a marginal farmer from Kottayam. He hails from a low income family. His main income comes from agriculture and agricultual labour. He has been practicing grafting in nutmegs for the past ten years. By adopting this grafting techniques all nutmegs trees turn bisexual and productive. He does budding in others’ fields also and charge small amount for the same.

Budding in nutmeg trees

Nutmeg is unisexual plant. After planting several nutmeg trees only a few grow to be female plants bearing nutmeg fruits. The remaining male tre