Marigold farming to replace opium cultivation in Chatra

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Marigold farming to replace opium cultivation in Chatra

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 | Mrituanjay Kumar | Ranchi

Marigold flowers will now be cultivated in Giddhaur Block of Chatra District in the State, once infamous for the cultivation of opium. Marigold flowers’ farming training was observed in Giddhaur Block by the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra, (KVKs), Chatra.

 As many as 55 farmers of Giddhaur Block participated in the training. During the training, Scientist Dharma Oraon said that the cultivation of Marigold flowers can give many fold benefits to the farmers as compared to traditional farming. “Marigold flower not only gives good benefits at low cost, but also plays an important role in maintaining the fertile power of the land. Due to which farmers get double benefit of marigold flowers,” he added.

The perception was done in the fields of Pramod Kumar, Shiv Kumar, Malti Devi, Mithilesh Kumar, Shishupal Kumar, Awadh Dangi and Ramsevak Dangi farmer. Training cum field visit was organized on Tuesday by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chatra related to perception.

Oraon said that marigold flowers are cultivated in winter, summer and rainy season. “Marigold flowers can be cultivated by any farmer. If the farmer applies a hybrid variety of seeds, then it costs about 30 to 35 thousand rupees per acre. If a farmer plants marigold flowers in his field, then he can get flowers thrice a year. Apart from this, due to the demand of marigold flowers in the local market, farmers do not even need to do much running in sunlight, he added.

According to Senior Scientist and KVK Head Dr Ranjay Kumar Singh, Marigold flowers are cultivated according to the season. “Flowers are planted in January in the summer season. Which are used a lot in worship during Navratri days and also get good prices in the markets. After this, flowers are sown in April-May and again in August-September before the onset of winter,” he added.

“Marigold flower cultivation can be done by farmers in both open and poly houses. Marigold flowers can be planted in many varieties, whose good price is available to the farmers in the market. Whether the farmer is cultivating flowers or vegetables in the open field, or before planting any crop in a poly house, definitely take the advice of experts. After 45 days of plantation, the plant starts giving flowers,” said Singh.

During the training, Mohd, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chatra, Junaid Alam, Ruplal Kumar Bhokta, Basant Thakur and others were present to provide proper information about the Marigold farming among the farmers of the District.  

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