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Evaluation of noni (Morinda citrofolia) as a mixed crop in coconut garden under South Gujarat condition.

Abstract

A field experiment was conducted on integrated cropping system in coconut to study the effect of noni (Morinda citrifolia L.) as mixed crop in coconut, during 2010-11 to 2015-16 at Regional Horticultural Research Station, ASPEE College of Horticulture and Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari. Twenty-five each of tissue culture plantlets and seedlings were planted as non replicated trial under old coconut garden. The growth and yield performance of noni as well as coconut were recorded with economics of the cropping system during 2015-16. The results revealed that, functional leaves on crown of coconut increased from 26.2 to 27.5 & annual leaf production per palm increased from 11.10 to 12.20 during the years 2011-12 to 2015-16. In case of yield of coconut, the initial yield was recorded as 60 nuts/palm which was increased to 74 nuts/palm in the year 2015-16. However, maximum yield of Morinda citrifolia was recorded in seedling plants (12.79 kg/plant) than in tissue culture plants (9.52 kg/plant) in the year 2015-16. Whereas, the juice percentage of Morinda citrifolia are recorded 60% with TSS of 6.5°B. The study indicated that inter cropping of Morinda citrifolia increased productivity of coconut as well as economics of Morinda citrifolia as inter crop indicated profitability of cultivation in coconut than monocrop.