Standardization of a package of practices for mango cultivars 'Alphonso', 'Ratna' and 'Totapuri' under ultra-high-density planting
India has the largest area under mango in the world; however, the productivity per hectare is the lowest. Reasons include the fact that most orchards have senile trees cultivated by conservative farmers, under rain-fed conditions. Poor-quality planting materials, low planting density, poor canopy management, failure to use good agricultural practice (GAP), inadequate fertilizers, negligible use of micro-irrigation systems (MIS), lack of training and exposure to high-tech productive orchard management are other reasons for poor productivity. The research team of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. (JISL) has carried out several experiments on young mango trees planted at 3×2 m (ultra-high-density planting; UHDP) using the latest technologies since 2006 in an experimental mango orchard using differential regimes of irrigation water through drip, fertigation using differential doses of fertilizers, canopy management and disease and pest management according to global GAP. Based on the results, the precise package of practices has been standardized. As a result, yield has increased two- to threefold with a higher percentage of quality fruits.
Chaudhari, A.U., Krishna, B. and Balasubrahmanyam, V.R. (2017). Standardization of a package of practices for mango cultivars 'Alphonso', 'Ratna' and 'Totapuri' under ultra-high-density planting. Acta Hortic. 1183, 187-194
mango, UHDP, high-density plantation, water productivity, carbon sequestration