Rajasthan bats for super-grain quinoa

As part of its crop diversification efforts, Rajasthan will encourage over 50,000 farmers to take up cultivation of super foodgrain quinoa this year, said State Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Lal Saini.

Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, which engaged some farmers to grow quinoa seeds on an experimental basis, has managed to raise over 20,000 quintals of seed for this year.

“We plan to distribute the seeds to 50,000 or more farmers for growing,” Minister Saini told a team of visiting mediapersons.

He said the government had identified areas in 11 districts that were suitable for growing this highly nutritive grain.

Quinoa, often referred to as a ‘wonder’ foodgrain, can grow in areas where water is scarce or even in those affected by salinity......................Read more


Source: Business Line

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