Nari Saag crop is ready in 35-40 days, these farmers have earned 12 to 15 lakh rupees by choosing an improved variety
Scientists have developed a new variety of Nari Saag
Nari Saag Farming is usually done in waterlogged areas, but ICAR has found such a scientific method of its cultivation, so that it can be easily grown in upland region so that the plants are safe from water pollution.
Nari Saag, also known as Water Spinach, Karmua Ka Saag or Pani palak, is a treasure for health. Its leaves are an excellent source of minerals and vitamins. It helps in managing low haemoglobin. Cholesterol and blood pressure are also controlled and since it is rich in fibre. It also helps in maintaining proper digestion. This is the reason why there is huge demand for Nari Saag in the market. It is usually found in winter, but now thanks to new technology it can be cultivated throughout the year.
It is an aquatic plant, so it is grown in waterlogged areas, but this type of cultivation makes the protection and harvesting of plants a little difficult. In such a situation, ICAR has developed scientific technology of its cultivation at high altitude i.e. upland.
Improvement in the socio-economic condition of the farmers with the cultivation of Nari Saag
ICAR-Indian Vegetable Research Institute, Varanasi has developed scientific farming techniques in the upland field of Nari Saag and its results have also been encouraging. This technique is very simple and with this farmers can produce throughout the year. This will improve their socio-economic status. Cultivation of Nari Saag in high land has many advantages like it can be harvested multiple times. It can be grown throughout the year and does not require water logging when grown in upland fields. Plants grown in this way are free from water contaminants and this technology also provides safe biomass. It can be grown both by seed and vegetative means. Due to these benefits, the ‘Kashi Manu’ variety of Nari Saag is becoming popular among the growers. Agricultural scientists believe that the cultivation of Nari Saag will not only improve the socio-economic condition of the farmers, but they will also get nutritional security.
Impact of technology
Field demonstration of scientific technique of growing Nari Saag was done in many districts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, planting material for kitchen garden and terrace garden was also given to more than 1000 families. Nari Saag is ready for harvesting 35-40 days after planting.
How much income ?
Many progressive farmers adopted this technique and their income increased. Many progressive farmers like Pratap Narayan Maurya of Varanasi, Akhilesh Singh of Mirzapur and Subhash K Pal of Jaunpur took up the cultivation of Nari Saag on a commercial scale. 90-100 tonnes of foliar biomass per hectare was obtained. The average cost of Nari Saag per hectare ranged from Rs. 1,40,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 and the income ranged from Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh. The average market price of this leafy biomass varies between 15-20 kg.
After seeing such encouraging results, other farmers from nearby villages are also coming forward to cultivate Nari Saag, due to which the demand for good quality planting material has increased. Young farmers will be motivated to adopt it as an enterprise. Apart from this, Nari Saag can also be used as green fodder and is also a good option for organic farming.
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