Farmer In Bhopal Grows Ladyfinger, Sells For Rs. 800 Per Kilogramme
A farmer from the Bhopal district's Khajuri Kalan area said he bought 1 kg of seeds from a Varanasi agricultural research institute. "It started expanding in around 40 days," Rajput added.
Okra, often known as ladyfinger, is a favourite vegetable among chefs. The simple bhindi, which is high in antioxidants and vitamins A and C, is found on the menus of practically every restaurant in the country. However, a farmer in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh's capital, has given the green vegetable a new spin. In his garden, Misrilal Rajput grows red okra, which he believes is healthier than the natural kind.
"The ladyfinger that I grow is red in colour instead of its usual green colour. It is more beneficial and nutritious than green ladyfinger. It is extremely beneficial for people who are facing heart and blood pressure issues, diabetes, high cholesterol," Rajput told.
The highlight of this crop is its price. While normal okra is available around ₹40 per kg in Delhi, the red ladyfinger commands a premium. "This ladyfinger is 5-7 times more expensive than ordinary ladyfingers. It is being sold from ₹75-80 to ₹300-400 per 250 gram/500 gram in some malls," said Rajput.
A farmer from the Bhopal district's Khajuri Kalan area said he bought 1 kg of seeds from a Varanasi agricultural research institute. "It started expanding in around 40 days," Rajput added. He further stated that throughout the growth of red ladyfinger, no dangerous chemicals were employed. A minimum of 40-50 quintals and a maximum of 70-80 quintals might be grown on an acre of land, according to Rajput.
In June, a similar storey came out of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, when orchardist duo Rani and Sankalp Parihar planted unique ruby-coloured mangoes. The mangoes turned out to be Japanese Miyazaki, much to the delight of the pair.
Miyazaki mangoes are among the most expensive in the world and sold at ₹2.70 lakh per kilogram in the international market last year, according to the Japanese media reports.