Farmer shows how intercropping brinjal among coconut trees gives profit
Kozhinjampara (Palakkad): When farmer Thiruvenkidam started intercropping brinjal among coconut trees, he was only experimenting it. But after harvest, he proved that intercropping brinjal in coconut plantation can be successful.
Eruthempathy RVP Puthur native Thiruvenkidam cultivated long green brinjal which is a local variety as intercrop in his 5-acre coconut plantation. He tried brinjal out of the confidence that he had successfully intercropped spinach, coriander and mint in coconut plantation earlier.
Within 50-55 days of planting, brinjal starts blooming and harvesting can be begun in 70-75 days. Harvest can be continued upto six months. If the plant is pruned and fertilizers are applied, then harvesting can be prolonged for six more months, Thiruvenkidam said.
About 1800-2000 brinjal plants can be planted in one acre coconut plantation. The cost of growing brinjal in one acre plantation is around Rs 40,000-50,000. As per the farmer's opinion, a profit of nearly Rs 80,000-1,20,000 can be earned through intercropping. Brinjal fetches Rs 10-20 per kilogram in market.