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Zion Mundi-Improved Black Pepper Variety

Zion Mundi-Improved Black Pepper Variety
Zion Mundi-Improved Black Pepper Variety
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Zion Mundi-Improved Black Pepper Variety

Black pepper is one of the major crops cultivated as an intercrop by George. He has grown several local and released varieties of black pepper. However, the yield has been an issue due to the shady conditions at his farm. Moreover, he lost a number of crops to heavy monsoon and outbreak of foot-rot disease in 1985-86 and 1990. This made George to think about developing a black pepper variety, which gives high yield even in shade cultivation and which can resist the foot rot disease.

George noticed that two varieties viz. Thottamudi and Neelamundi could survive in the conditions. Thottamundi, also known as Arayakkodi is one of the major varieties being cultivated by the tribal groups in the locality. While Thottamundi was disease resistant, its yield was low. On the other hand, Neelamundi gave good yield but has poor resistance to diseases. For cross pollination, in 1990, George planted the two varieties together and collected seeds selectively for further propagation. Finally, after several rounds of propagation, he got the Zion Mundi variety in 1998-99. Zion refers to the place where God resides and Mundi has been taken from the name of the mother plant, Neelamundi.


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