Intercropping of banana with food crops: cowpeas, maize and sweet potato

Authors

  • Maddineni M. Rao Windward Islands Banana Growers Association (WINBAN), Research and Development Division, PO Box 115, Castries, St Lucia
  • Joseph E. Edmunds Windward Islands Banana Growers Association (WINBAN), Research and Development Division, PO Box 115, Castries, St Lucia

Keywords:

Bananas, Intercropping, Food crops, Maize, Cowpea, Sweet potatoes

Abstract

Intercropping of bananas affected the hands per bunch, fingers per bunch and finger weight significantly, but not the bunch weight. The associated growth of intercrop significantly reduced the girth of the pseudostem at five months after planting and increased days to shooting and days to harvesting of the banana. The yield differences within cowpeas and sweet potato were non-significant due to cropping systems; but maize interĀ· planted with cowpeas yielded 16.5% higher than with sweet potato.

Issue

Section

Research Papers