Crop Detail

Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables most commonly known as taro. It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants. Taro commonly refers to the plant Colocasia esculenta, the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the Araceae family which are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles. Colocasia esculenta is thought to be native to Southern India and Southeast Asia, but is widely naturalised. It is a perennial, tropical plant primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable. It is a food staple in African, Oceanic and Indian cultures and is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants. Colocasia is thought to have originated in the Indomalaya ecozone, perhaps in East India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, and spread by cultivation eastward into Southeast Asia, then southward and westward from there into East Africa and West Africa, where it spread to the Caribbean and Americas.

Major/Minor Major
Temporary/Permanent Temporary
Category Agriculture Extension
Type Vegetables
Crop Climate Title Tropical
Crop Water Method Title Irrigated
Crop Duration Perennial
Crop Economic Title Food Crop
Crop Growing Season Summer / Zaid Crops

Pests, Weeds, Diseases and Disorders

Fungal Diseases
Leaf Blight Pythium Rot or Corm Rot Dasheen Mosaic Virus
Viral Diseases
Alomae/Bobone Virus Dasheen Mosaic Virus (DMV)
Sucking Pests
White grub Aphid Worm

Colocassia Crop Seed Varieties

Name Seed Rate
Sree Pallavi 300-400 kg/acre
Punjab Arvi-1 300-400 kg/acre
Panchamukhi 300-400 kg/acre
Sree Kiran 300-400 kg/acre
Sree Rashmi 300-400 kg/acre

Colocassia Districts Wise Calendar

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