Mucuna Bean (also known as Velvet Bean) is used as an important forage, fallow and green manure crop.
Since the plant is in the legume family (peas and beans), it, with the help of nitrogen fixing bacteria, takes nitrogen gas from the air and combines it with other chemical compounds producing fertilizer and improving the soil. It is also often used for animal fodder.
We have acquired beans from Tonga and have distributed them among TTT members. Trials a currently underway on various farms on Taveuni.
We are also looking into conducting trials of other cover crops in the future, in particular the Inga Tree.