Are you in search of an ornamental plant to decorate your home garden? What about getting a plant that can adorn your home as well as earn you an income? Bush pepper is now fast catching up with farm enthusiasts and housewives. Cultivation of this variety has made Puthiyottuparambil Saju Roshan, a 37-year-old farm enthusiast, one of the most sought-after providers of shrub pepper.
“I had never thought that the cultivation of bush pepper could bring me fortune. I began grafting bush pepper purely out of enthusiasm. But my effort turned out to be such a huge success that it attracts customers from in and around the district,” says Saju Roshan.
He start preparing bush pepper around 10 years ago with the support of his family. “In the beginning stage I used lateral twigs of black pepper, especially the ‘Karimunda’ variety, for shrub pepper. Then I grafted black pepper twig with Brazilian pepper that is less prone to diseases. The stem and roots of Brazilian pepper are strong compared to those of black pepper. Farmers here are scared to experiment with novel techniques. But I tell them not to bother about the result,” says Saju.
At present most of the nurseries rely on him to get quality produce. “We bought bush pepper from a nearby farm, but we did not get the desired result from the saplings. Then we heard of Saju. All the plants we bought from him gave good produce,” says Bindu Joseph, wife of Jojo Jacob, owner of Randuplackal nursery in Kadiyangadu in Kozhikode. In Saju’s words, the only thing that a farmer has to keep in mind while farming the variety is to avoid direct sunlight.
City dwellers can also grow the plant in their limited space. Verandah, kitchen, terrace and balcony can be made use of to cultivate these saplings.
What keeps him glued to this production is nothing but its growing demand.
“Earlier people were not ready to try their hands at bush pepper cultivation since they were used to the common black pepper that need support,” he says, adding that fortunately now it is fast catching up among farmers in the district. Saju has customers who get a yield not less than 3 kg per year.
According to Saju, it is quite easy to raise and maintain bush pepper as it does not require fertilisers and extra irrigation. Contact Saju to get trained in bush pepper cultivation. For more details, contact him on 9447845151.
Method Of Farming
One-year-old healthy laterals twigs with two to four leaves from high-yielding pepper are used to raise bush pepper. Karimunda and Panniyur are the best varieties.
The roots develop after three to six months of planting. After that they can be shifted to clay pots.