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Mucuna Bean

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.

 

Mucuna Bean
Mucuna BeanA mucuna bean field trial at Vunivasa Estate in the North of Taveuni.
Mucuna Bean

 

More Information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mucuna_pruriens
https://www.essex.ac.uk/ces/research/susag/TheMagicBean.pdf
https://www.echotech.org/content/AtoZChap6/1386/GREEN%20MANURES%20AND%20COVER%20CROPS#Velvet

 

 

We are also looking into conducting trials of other cover crops in the future, in particular the Inga Tree.

 

 

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