Propagation of pepper
Name : Mr. Jose Madhavath
District & State : Kottayam, Kerala
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : Consolation
Award Function : 1st National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2001
Mr. Madhavath has been doing budding of ordinary pepper wit Piper colubrinum, a wild variety successfully for the past 8 years. Many farmers in Keralal and Karnataka are using budded plants based on his advice.
Propagation of Pepper: He has budded ordinary pepper with Piper colubrinum, a wild variety, which could withstand disease and pest attack. The cuttings of Piper colubrinum is collected in December and January and planted in polythene bags. By the beginning of monsoon, it is replanted in the field. When it attains 2-ft height, it is cut at 1.5 ft and the pepper is budded on to it. The budded portion is covered with plastic. Within one month the wound will heal.