Liquid pollination: boosting date palm productivity

April 22, 2012 at 5:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Liquid pollination: low cost, high speed, high productivity

How to pollinate a tree? Use a hosepipe. A one-day workshop in Oman helped train extension staff on a new technique called liquid pollination, which increases productivity and profits for date palm growers. In the date palm, only female trees bear fruit – and must first be pollinated by male trees. Traditional pollination methods are slow, costly, and require trained labour. Liquid pollination – where female trees are sprayed with pollen solution, using a hosepipe – is much quicker, cheaper, and equally effective. Participants from six Gulf countries were provided hands-on training on how to prepare and apply pollen solution (optimal concentrations have been tested and validated by the ICARDA-led date palm project). Liquid pollination offers many advantages over current practice – ease of application, low costs, relatively low pollen requirements, and high fruit set resulting from more effective pollination.

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