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Woman adopted Papaya Farming and Pig Farming with Joha Rice Farming

Betel nut, coconut, Assam lemon, pineapple, and other indigenous fruits are also cultivated.


Deepika Rabha, a resident of Goalpara district of Assam, is a progressive farmer. She comes from Paschim Darrang, a tribal village under the Goalpara district. Deepika studied till the 10th and couldn’t study further. Today’s date, he has adopted modern farming. Through modern technology, she does fragrant Joha Rice Farming on 12 bighas of land taken on lease.

GI Tag Received Joha Rice Cultivation

Joha is a variety of rice grown in India, known for its aroma and taste. Assam is the largest producer of this rice state. Joha rice is the identity of Assam. Joha rice of Assam has got GI tag. GI tag is such a mark that gives special recognition to the product of a place, increasing the price of these products in the market.

Joha Rice Farming
Image Credit: agricoop, assam agricultural university, apeda & newsx

Ready for harvesting in 120 to 160 days

Joha rice is cultivated in the Kharif season. The significant varieties of Joha rice are Kola Joha, Keteki Joha, Bokul Joha, and Kunkuni Joha. Joha rice is also locally known as mi Jaha or Jaha rice. It takes 120 to 160 days to get ready.

Joha Rice Farming
Image Credit: Assam Agricultural University

Joha rice rich in many Nutrients

Joha rice is rich in protein elements like albumin, globulin, amino acids, calcium, iron, and fat, which makes it a nutritious grain. It is used as an effective medicine for blood pressure. Along with omega six and three, a proper proportion of fatty acids is found in it, which is not found in any other plant. Its grain size is small. Joha goes to make delicious dishes like Pulao and Kheer with rice.

Assam’s Joha rice getting the tag has further strengthened its cultivation and market expansion possibilities. The demand and price of the products that get the GI mark increase in the international market, which benefits exports. Due to such products, tourism increases as people buy such unique things worldwide.

Joha Rice Farming
Image Credit: Assam Agricultural University

Annual income above Rs 12 lakh

Deepika Rabha earns about 2 lahks 60 thousand annually from the production of Joha rice. Apart from this, she also cultivates papaya on five bighas of land taken on lease. From this, he earns about 6 lakh rupees annually. Deepika cultivates Kharif and Rabi season vegetables in her 14-bigha garden. Other indigenous fruits like betel nut, coconut, Assam lemon, pineapple are also cultivated. This earns him one lakh rupees. She has also installed vermicompost unit and green house. With this, he earns around one lakh 75 thousand annually. She has also reared pigs on half a bigha of land. Annually she earns 1 lakh by selling 20 to 25 adult pigs.

Joha Rice Farming
Image Credit: agricoop

Due to her involvement in agriculture and other related activities, today she has become an inspiration for the women farmers of her area. In 2018, Deepika Rabha got the honor of ‘Best Female Progressive Farmer’ of the district. Along with this, in 2018 itself, she was also honored with the Mahila Kisan Award.

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