Production Technology of Chillies




History

  • Chili was first cultivated by the people of Central and South America in around 3000BC.
  • Columbus brought seeds back to Europe in 1493, and from there it has spread to the cuisines of the entire world.

Climate

  • warm and humid climate for growth and dry weather during maturity.
  • Tropical and sub-tropical regions but it can withstand heat and moderate cold.
  • It can be grown over a wide range of altitudes from sea level up to nearly 2,100 meters.
  • Heavy rainfall leads to rotting of the crop. Unfavorable temperatures lead to bud blossom and fruit drops.

Soil Type

  • Light sands to well drained clay
  • Silty and clay loam soils are better, while water-logged and alkali is not suitable.

Nursery

  • Well prepared one meter wide and three meters long strips prepared
  • Straws or farm yard manure is burned on the strips after which seeds are broadcast and pressed in the soil and covered with a thin layer of soil. These are then covered with layers of straws supported by wooden sticks with water application in the morning and evening till the seeds germinate
  • After six weeks seedlings become ready for transplanting

Soil Preparation

  • Two ploughing with mould board plow
  • 1 bag of saver at time of sowing
  • After land preparation, ridges of one and half foot high and wide are prepared.

Transplanting

  • Transplant on both sides of the ridges avoid overlapping
  • Plant to plant distance one and a half foot
  • Transplant is carried out in evening

Irrigation

  • After transplantation two irrigations applied
  • Subsequent irrigation is applied as per climatic conditions

Varieties

Ghotki

Grown in Ghotki, Khairpur, Shikarpur and Kotri in February and March

Longi

Grown in Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Sanghar and Tharparkar districts. Nursery of this variety is raised in January, February

Talhar (late variety )

Grown in Badin, Thalhar and Tando Muhammad Khan Hyderabad. Nursery is raised in June, July

Sanam

Mostly grown in Karachi division, but successfully grown in Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad districts, also. Both in winter and summer.

Fertilization

  • 1 bag of DAP
  • 1 bag Potassium Sulphate before sowing
  • 2-3 bags of urea
  • 1 bag 20 days of transplanting
  • 1bag at flowering stage
  • 1bag if necessary, at fruit setting

Boron deficiency in Chilies

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The growing points die and decay and the leaves are misshapen.

Intercultural Practices

  • 3-4 interculturings
  • First interculturing within one month after transplanting.

At flowering stage

Earthling up is recommended, helps in growth and development of the crop. It prevents the crop from lodging.

Diseases

  • Rot and die back
  • Bacterial wilt

Control

  • Careful seed selection
  • Early removal of affected plants
  • Seed treatment with vitavax
  • Disease tolerant varieties

Pests

Aphids: (greenfly and blackfly)

spraying with dimethoate, derris or malathion. If the chillis are ready for picking use derris.

Red spider mite

Common pest in the greenhouse in hot dry conditions, causing leaf discoloration and affecting growing adversely.

Spraying weekly with dimethoate and malathion can control the problem as well as creating a damp atmosphere.

Whitefly

Causing a black deposit of sooty mould on the leaves.

3 to 4 sprays of pyrethum, permetmrin or pirimiphos-methyl every week.

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