Heliconia flowers make coconut farming more profitable in Goa
Coconut is an important plantation crop in Goa being cultivated in an area of 25,730 ha with an average yield of 5014 kg per hectare. In general, coconut is planted at a spacing of 8x8m and interspace in majority of the coconut farms is either unutilized or underutilized. Hence, in order to enhance the profitability of coconut, various crops and other components were evaluated. Among them, Heliconia, an exotic introduced flower, crop performed well under coconut plantation for three years (2009-2012). The study included 45 varieties of heliconia under coconut garden for various vegetative and floral characters. The flowers were supplied to the market and the feedback from the market is documented to short list the most promising heliconia types with high floral value.
Technology demonstration at Bicholim taluk, Goa
Mrs. Vijayadevi Rane has an agriculture farm at Karapur village in Bicholim taluk of Goa. She was interested to cultivate selected heliconia types for cut flower purpose. The heliconia varieties were selected as per the demand from the flower market of Goa. Among the varieties evaluated at ICAR Research Complex for Goa, six most promising varieties of heliconia viz., Sexy Pink, Temptress, Jacuni, Kauwachi, Shee and Iris Benochi were selected and recommended for plantation. A model pilot project on the cultivation as well as economics was prepared and the same is being demonstrated at the farm in Goa