How To Start Pawpaw Farming In Nigeria

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Pawpaw Varieties In Nigeria
  • How To Start Pawpaw Farming In Nigeria
  • Pest And Diseases Of Pawpaw
  • Remedies To The Pest And Diseases
  • Uses Of Pawpaw

Pawpaw Farming in Nigeria is done in tropical and subtropical
climates and pawpaw plants do not tolerate freezing temperatures. Papayas fruits are delicious and grow throughout the year. These fruits are eaten alone or in a salad without the skin. The papaw’s fruits are low in calories and high in potassium, vitamin A and C.

Papayas enzymes promote digestion easing constipation and it is efficient in controlling colon infections and colon cancer. The plants are short living perennial trees whose economic life is concerning four years, though the plants have a period of up to ten years. This means that pawpaws need to be renewed every 4-5 years for the maintenance of an economic orchard. There are three groups of papayas distinguishable by their flowers(their primary sex) namely:-

a. Female plants –These fruit trees grow female flowers only. Female flowers are usually single blooms, bigger, and very close to the trunk.

b. Male plants –These grows male flowers only. Male flowers have long, thin stalks with several small blooms.

c. Hermaphrodites trees –These grow both male and female flowers. Therefore allow 4 plants per hole and later thin out to single trees when flowers appear. You may need to consult your gardening advisor for identification of the flowers.

Pawpaw Farming in Nigeria – Varieties

1. The solo variety which produces small round sweet fruits with uniform size and shape. It is hermaphroditic and popular for both export and local market.

2. The mountain variety grows at high altitudes with small fruits only suitable for jam and preserves.

3. The sunrise variety that produces smooth pear-shaped fruit of high quality, weighing 400 to 650 grams.

4. The red royale is an improved breed and gives good quality yields.

5. The vegetatively propagated papaya using tissue culture resulting in superior plants that are disease resistant, high yields and are easy to maintain and harvest since the trees are short.

How To Start Pawpaw Farming in Nigeria

Papayas require warm to hot climates for growth, and an altitude below 2100m above sea level, with an annual rainfall of about 1000mm which is well distributed. The growing soils should be deep, well-drained with adequate moisture, but not waterlogged.

Growing of Papayas is by seed which is extracted from sound
pawpaw fruits and healthy trees. Seeds of Papayas may be direct sown or grown in a nursery first.

Papayas can be directly sown at 6 seeds per hole, and then thinned to four plants per hole after germination and reducing the plants to only one per hole after flowering. In plants where male and female flowers are born on different trees, male trees are allowed at the rate of 25:100 females as pollinators.

Prepare raised beds measuring 1m wide and any convenient length. Pawpaw seeds are planted at a depth of 1 cm in rows that are 15cm apart. Water the beds heavily before sowing the pawpaw seed and frequently henceforth. Young plants are ready for transfer to the field at a height of 10-15cm.plants are sown at a spacing of 3m x 3m in holes measuring 60cm wide and 60cm deep. Mix 18 kg of well-decomposed manure with 60grams of double superphosphate fertilizer and fill the hole with this mixture plus the topsoil, and sow four papaw seedlings per hole which will be thinned out to one per hole at flowering. Firm the soil around the trees seedlings, then Top-dress with forty grams of will fertilizer per hole.

Apply 200g of CAN or ASN on individual papaw’s once a year at
the beginning of rains.

The Average yields of pawpaw trees are 30-40 tons of marketable fruits per hectare.

The papayas are ready for harvesting when a yellow tinge
grows on the blossom end of the fruits. Handle the pawpaw fruits with care as dropping or bruising lowers the keeping quality.

Pawpaw Farming in Nigeria – Pests and Diseases

a. Papaya crinkle virus seen as wrinkled mature leaves and kills the plant.

b. Black spots which appear on the fruit in humid and wet weather.

c. Root rot which is common due to over-watering.

d. Birds and fruit bats.

e. Broad mites, aphids, caterpillars and fruit fly.

f. Mildew.

Pawpaw Farming in Nigeria – Remedies To Pests and Diseases

a. For black spots that appear on the fruit spray with an organic copper-based fungicide spray.

b. For root rot, water appropriately.

c. For birds and fruit bats, pick the fruits as soon as they start to turn color.

d. To reduce fruit rot and fungal problems, pick the fruit early and ripen it indoors.

e. To get rid of the fruit fly, hang fruit fly Traps around the trees.

f. For mildew, ensure good airflow around the plants and can be controlled by spraying with appropriate fungicides.

Pawpaw Farming in Nigeria – Uses

a. It is used in the making of jam by blending with other ingredients such as soybeans.

b. Pawpaw latex is an ingredient used in the pharmaceutical industry as well as making detergent.

e. The extracted oil from pawpaw seeds is used in the beauty industry.