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BUNDELKHAND FARMERS OPT FOR NON-CONVENTIONAL CROPS

INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE 

Lucknow, Jan 20: After the success story of strawberry cultivation in Bundelkhand re-gion, more and more farmers in this region are opting for non-conventional crops, mainly fruits. Farmers, with the help of agricultural experts going in for fruits,

 that have a lot of medicinal value and can be grown in the prevailing climatic conditions of Bundelkhand. Ginger, turmeric, kundru (Coccinia grandis), pointed gourd and aloe vera are some of the varieties which have a good yield,

besides have considerable medicinal prop-erties. “With the Corona pan-demic, the food habits of people are changing. More and more people are opting for healthy food and spices that have medicinal advantages too. In such a situation, 

cultivation of such items is bound to be economi-cally feasible too,” said Dhanraj Patel, a farmer in Banda dis-trict. Farmers are also switching to fruit crops including bel, falqa, Indian goose-berry Buchanania Ian-zan (chironji), custard apple and fig.

 Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, while in-augurating the recent strawberry festival, assured the farmers that the government would take quick re-medial measures regarding ir-rigation and to solve the stray cattle problem for which projects have already been rolled down. According to agriculture ex-perts, the soil of Bundelkhand region is free from pesticides which makes it more appro-priate for growing medicinal plants. 

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