Advantages of cultivating watermelon in rain shelter
Applying rain shelter farming method in watermelon cultivation will prove more beneficial for farmers than the conventional farming method.
Usually, the seeds are sown 2 metres apart in rows with each rows placed 3 metre apart. In this way, 33 holes can be made in an area of 200 square metre to sow the seed.
But in rain shelters, the space between holes and rows will be shorter, that is, 1.5 metre between holes and 60 centimetre between rows. Around 222 plants can be grown in 200 square metre in rain shelters.
In rain shelters, the growing season of the watermelon is longer than that of conventional farming. For the Prachi variety, the growing season is over four months while it is two-and-a-half months in the conventional method.
(Courtesy: Kerala Karshakan)