High yielding, early to mature, robust to drought and capable of growing on almost any soil from dry sand to waterlogged dambo, Elite Pongamia pinnata (Vayusap) have undergone many years of research and independent validation to develop the most suitable low input-high output agroforestry for dryland ecosystems.  

 

 

Low Input High Output

A mature mother tree producing 80kg seed each year

Elite VayuSap Pongamia are propagated from mature Mother Trees, like the one above. A careful process of multi-annual verification has been conducted to guarantee >50kg seed (@35% oil content) is produced annually. The Mother Trees are not irrigated or fertilised. They require zero inputs to produce these yields. 

Early to Mature

A one year old sapling precociously flowering

A one year old sapling precociously flowering

By virtue of the propagation process young VayuSap Pongamia produce flowers and pods almost immediately. The sapling above is only one year old. If the flowers were left on the tree it would produce pods. However, for improved intensive branching and vegetative growth the saplings will be pruned and flowers removed until 3 years old.

Suitable for Intercrops

Pigeonpea growing between rows of 3 yr old Pongamia trees on the TOIL farm


Pigeonpea growing between rows of 3 yr old Pongamia trees on the TOIL farm

By varying the spacing between trees a very wide range of intercrops can be grown, for food, fibre and oil.

7 Year old pongamia at the toil farm. livestock can graze beneath the trees.

7 Year old pongamia at the toil farm. livestock can graze beneath the trees.

The ability to intercrop means 2 things.

  1. Revenues from year 1
  2. Increased food production for smallholders