Tamil: HORDI Crop – Yams

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Dioscore spp

There are 650 species available in the world. Nine species were identified in Sri Lanka .  Most popular species is Diosvorea alata. Dioscorea alata spp is  popular with different names like water yam and white yam. Purple color can be seen in any part of the crop.

Other species are

Dioscrea esculenta

  1. rotundata
  2. bulbifera
  3. pentaphyla
  4. tomantosa
  5. trimenii


Seasonal crop mainly cultivated in home gardens in wet zone and can be cultivated both in wet and dry zone with irrigation.

Released Varieties

Climate requirements/ Areas suitable for cultivation

This crop can be cultivated up to 900 m elevation

Optimum temperature is 25-30co.  Temperature less than 20 co is not suitable.

Long day (12 ½hrs) needed for vine growth and 10-11 hrs.  needed for tuber formation.


Loamy soil with high organic matter and good drainage is preferred.

Seed/ Cutting requirement

10, 000 seed yam  cuttings about 250 g weight is needed for 1ha.

Nursery Management

About 250 g weight cuttings are prepared and treated with Fungicide or ash. Plant in a sand bed cowered with straw and supply water

After remove the dormancy shoots are coming out from cuttings.

Land preparation

Plough the land. Holes are prepared 1’x1’x1’ feet and fill with organic matter and plant the cuttings.


After sprouting Cuttings are taken out from the nursery and plant in the field or direct plant the treated cuttings without using a nursery. Need to supply sticks about 7 feet for better growth.


For spp with big yams. 1m x1m.

For species with small yams. 1mx 0.5 m


Add organic fertilizer about10t/ha and add inorganic fertilizer according to the DOA recommendation.

Times for apply

Urea  kg/ha

TSP kg/ha

MOP kg/ha

Basal fertilizer




TOP  dress -1  (1 ½ – MAP)



TOP dress – 2  (3 ½ -4 MAP)



Water supply

Weed Control

 It is important to control weeds, as this crop takes long period for harvest. Before adding the top dress 1 weeding is important.

Pest Management

Disease Management

Causal Organism: colletotrichum gloeosporiodes


Brown spots can be seen in the leaves and gradually increase the size of the patch. Yellow colour margin can be seen around the brown patch. Finally brown areas become dry and form holes


  • Apply carbendazim fungicide
  • Select of resistant varieties
  • Use of healthy planting material
  • Increase sanitation in the field

Causal Organism: Goplana dioscoreae cummins


Yellow – Brown (rust) colour pustules can be seen in the lower side of the leaves


  • Cultivation of resistant varieties
  • Weeding
  • Application of fungicide like Mancozeb / Azoxystrobin


Vines become yellowing at harvesting maturity. Takes 8-9 month period.



Raja ala – 32 – 35 t/ha

Kakulu ala – 35-38 t/ha

Kukulu ala – 30 – 32 t/ha

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