Update: Bihar farmer’s claim of Hop-shoots was A Big Lie!
As we are growing with new technologies in every field. The agricultural field is also taking a step ahead and start using new technologies and modernizations. They are taking additional risks to increase productivity and process in order to earn more than before.
Recently, Amresh from Bihar has also taken a risk. This 38-year-old farmer Amresh Singh, who is from a village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, set a record by growing the world’s costliest crop in his farm. He took the risk and put his all efforts and investment of 2.5 lakh to grow these plants called ‘Hop-Shoots’.
Hop-shoots is an international vegetable that costs around 85,000 per kg in the markets.
According to Amresh, he is just using 5 Katha of his land to make this crop grow and he has not used any single chemical fertilizers or pesticides in according to increase the productivity or income of the crop. As of now, he is just growing this vegetable on a trial basis. Besides that, 60% of its cultivation has happened successfully.
These crops are mostly seen in the international markets and only seen in India when someone places a special order. ‘Humulus-Lupulus’ is a scientific name for Hop Shoots. This cultivation happened under the guidance of agricultural scientist Dr. Lal from the Indian Vegetable Research Institute at Varanasi.
The flower of this plant is known as strobile, which is used in beer-making as a stabilizing agent. However, such as twigs are used in making food and medicines.
Senior bureaucrat Supriya Sahu tweeted about this cultivation and this farmer on social media. After her tweet, social media users started praising Amresh for his innovation. According to the various reports, hop shoots are useful in creating many antibodies which help in fighting diseases like TB. The acids present in this plant help in killing cancer cells and also effective in blocking leukemia cells.
However, Amresh Singh isn’t the first person who takes this initiative to cultivate this crop in India. It was once cultivated in Himachal Pradesh but couldn’t take off because of lack of marketing.
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