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High demand for amla from Srirangam

M. Balaganessin
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The large-sized fruit is sought-after for its medicinal value

good harvest: Amla being cultivated at Thathachariar Gardens in Srirangam. PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
good harvest: Amla being cultivated at Thathachariar Gardens in Srirangam. PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

The high quality amla being harvested at the Thathachariar Gardens in Melur in Srirangam has attracted a growing demand in the market, with a number of small and medium traders preferring to purchase the produce.

The crop was introduced at the Gardens around January 2005 and the meticulous care and crop protection techniques adopted at the Gardens had resulted in the good yield, says S.Rengarajan of the Gardens.

The large sized amla is sought after by many people for its high medicinal value. It is best suited for persons with diabetes.

Varieties

“The harvest now being realised is the result of a hard labour”, says Mr.Rengarajan. The crop needed constant manual pruning for the first year he said, explaining the crop protection method adopted.

“We introduced varieties such as “NA 7”; “BSR”; “Krishna”; and “Kanchana”, all from the Horticulture College and Research Institute of the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University at Periyakulam,” he addded.

On the crop protection method, he says that the field should not be irrigated during the flowering season. Once the flowers dries up and are reduced to the size of a mustard, copious water should be supplied for a good harvest. The crop starts its yield from the third year and good harvest could be reaped twice a year.

He has also raised jack fruit and amla. “The demand for both these horticultural crops has been in the rise,” Mr.Rengarajan says. He said that amla was being marketed immediately for maintaining its texture and quality.

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