14 July 2022, Uttar Pradesh: Okra is one of the most important vegetables cultivated and consumed all over India. It is rich in many nutrients and particularly, high in Vitamins – C and K. Okra is enriched with the anti-oxidants which reduces the risk of serious diseases, prevents inflammation and contributes to the overall health. It contains polyphenols which is beneficial to heart and brain health. Okra also contains a protein known as Lectin which is Anti-Cancerous.
The Okra Variety – Kashi Chaman developed at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in the Year – 2019 can be cultivated in both summer and rainy seasons. The Variety is tolerant to Yellow Vain Mosaic Virus (YVMV) and Okra Enation Leaf Curl Virus (OELCV) diseases which are the most dangerous diseases for the Okra Crops and a major problem in the Okra cultivation. The Variety’s yield potential is about 21.66% more in its sector due to which the Variety is becoming popular in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and has already covered around 10,000 ha area at the farmer’s field.
Upendra Singh Patel from Bangalipur Village, Araziline Block, Varanasi had sowed the seeds of Okra Variety in 10 Biswa (0.3 Acre) land and followed the scientific package of practices for its production. He also used the recommended fertilizers and chemicals as suggested by the Institute’s Scientists.
The first flush of Okra fruit was harvested 46 days after sowing. After that, he had taken regular harvest of 35 to 40 Kgs Okra in 3 to 4 days interval and had taken 19 harvests upto the last Week of October 2021 with a total yield of 668 Kgs in 90 days duration form 0.3 Acre of land with a net profit of Rs. 21,376/- after deducting the cost of cultivation and transportation cost to the market.