Thank you for tuning into the 8th episode of my Indo Israel Avocado video blog series. You can watch the video below.
In this video I discuss the importance of building raised beds/ridges for avocado farming. The roots of the avocado tree are quite sensitive to stagnant water as it can cause phytophthora. Avocado is highly susceptible to the Phytophthora root rot. While it might be easy to manage it in other plants, for Avocado specifically though, it can be a challenge. There are root stocks that are resistant to it, but those are protected varieties.
In my climatic conditions, I am inclined to think that it will be an issue during the monsoon season only. During that time, I have been told to not have areas in the field that might be prone to water stagnation. Furthermore, building raised beds will further prevent excess water to stay around the root system.
The kind of beds I was suggested to build was a bit different than what you might usually find in other crops. The ones I built for Avocado farming in Bhopal, India have more height and width. This is how they do it in Israel.
In South Africa though, the tree to tree and row to row spacing is closer and rainfall & climatic conditions are different. So they build them a bit differently.
In the video, I show you how my contractor finished the work of my 4.5 acre plot within a week. You can watch and understand how he did it using tractors and manual labour.
If you know any other way it can be done in a much cheaper and more efficient manner, please drop me an email, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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