Talavadi Green Acres (TGA Farms) concentrated on developing mango orchards in Thalavadi. Planting commenced in 1997 with three varieties Alphonso, Baneshan (Banganapally) and Thothapuri. Recently we have planted some Kesar as well.
Source of Infinite Life
Our farms have a rich red literate soil with extra sand content. Organic content is around 1 %. Soil depth varies from 15 feet to 30 feet.
Irrigation is by drip irrigation systems. Water is available from tube wells whose depth range from 300 to 500 feet. The water is comparably much softer than the water in the plains. This is due to the fact that we have two large check dams called Swarnavathi reservoir and Chickole reservoir. These reservoirs are in the state of Karnataka but as a crow flies less than ten kms from Thalavadi. From the year 2000 the state government of Tamil Nadu has successfully completed numerous water conservation projects which have helped in the rise of the water table. There are no industries or polluting factories anywhere in the vicinity hence the quality of water is excellent
Rainfall on an average is around 15 inches per year; we receive summer showers in March, The tail end of the south west monsoon and the full north east monsoon provide the required moisture for fertile applications.
The max temp in the year happens for a couple of days in the last week of May where we touch 39 deg centigrade. Generally the max temp is around 32 deg centigrade and the minimum around 21 deg centigrade. In winter the min temp falls to as much as 15 deg centigrade. Difference in temp between the open condition and shaded condition is around 4 deg centigrade
Humidity is very low in our region, 50 to 60 % is the average humidity. In winter the day time humidity falls to 25%.This low humidity has a benefit of reducing fungus problems but enhances the necessity of extra irrigation due to excessive rate of evaporation.
The spacing adopted was 4 meters row to row and 12 feet along the row. Boundary roads were provided to facilitate vehicle movement which helps in faster transport of the harvested products to the pack house
Our Farms have abundant wild life like the herds of spotted deer, which frequent our farms and the wild elephants which normally pay a visit when the baneshan ripens, the wild boars which finishes of the fallen fruit saving us the trouble of collecting and disposing it, and the dozens of rabbits which help is in maintaining our grass and the peacocks which act as our weather forecasters
We follow a no tillage policy on the farm. Weed control is done with tractor operated roto-slashers And petrol operated shrub cutters.
Spraying is done with air assisted tractor drawn trailer sprayers imported from Italy .these machines have saved as much as 45% spray solution and cover a large area in comparison with the other sprayers, and it only requires a tractor operator and no extra people.
Pruning is done on an annual basis; secateurs and petrol operated hedgers are used for this purpose
The fruits are harvested with secateurs leaving a long stalk and transported in crates to the de-sapping shed. Here the fruits are de sapped and left on the stand for three hours. Then the primary grading takes place where the fruits unfit for the table are removed.
The good fruits are taken to the pack house.
Fruit handling line made of food grade stainless steel consisting of a hot water dip, ripening dip and a drying tunnel and manual grading facilities. Cold rooms which have combined capacity of 20 MT of mangoes in boxes.
The mangoes are fed in the machine at one end and goes through the hot water dip, ripening dip and the drying tunnel at the end of which a trained workforce grades the mangoes as per weight And packs it in the carton boxes. Which are then stored in the cold room awaiting for dispatch.
Charming farm house with spacious Reception Rooms along with well furnished two bed rooms with attached Bathrooms and a Modern Kitchen
We were the first EUREP GAP certified mango farm in Tamil nadu. For the years 2006 to 2008 by SGS New Zealand Ltd.
Certificate no : NZ061337
Eurep GAP reg # : SGSNZ061337
Eurep GAP Certificate #: CERT-00002-24370 (year 2007 to 2008)
Eurep GAP Certificate#: CERT -74872 (year 2006 to 2007)
We discontinued the certification after 2008 because of no enquiries for GAP certified fruit, but we still follow the systems and procedures which we learnt through the GAP instructors.
We are proud to mention that one of the core team members Mr. Paul Poonnen has participated in GAP,GMP,GHP Training. The Training program conducted by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY -PFID –F&V PROGRAM in the year 2006 sponsored by USAID.
Dr Y N REDDY M.Sc. (Ag.), Ph.D.
Member, Board of Management Andhra Pradesh Horticultural University. Emeritus Scientist
Former Professor & University Head (Hort.) and Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
Flat No 203, Keerthy Residency, Balaji Nagar, Kukatpally ,
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Mobile: 94401 58193,
ERODE DISTRICT MANGO GROWERS FEDERATION
Affiliated to TAMAFED (Tamil Nadu Mango Growers Federation)
NDDB SAFAL PROCESSING UNIT BANGALORE