Cash crops

Curcuma longa (Turmeric)
Variety: Lakadong
Perennial, used as spice/ colouring food, available variety with increased curcumin content

Planting season

Spring/monsoon

Planting

65,000 plants / ha with a spacing of 0.6 m between rows and 0.25m between plants

Economics
Harvesting can be started nine months after planting.Yield ranges from 16,000-22,000 Kg/ha under irrigated and 6000-9000 Kg/ha under rainfed conditions.The price ranges from Rs.60-70/kg in the market.

Humulus lupulus (Hops)
Hardy, climbing perennial, female cones used for flavouring beer

Planting season

Spring

Planting

Plant to about 2m x 2m ,for ca 2600 plants / ha

Economics
Yields vary accordingly to locality,climatic conditions,and variety.Average yileds range from 860 to 1890 kg cones/ha

Solanum tuberosum (Potato)
Varieties: Kufri series
Microtubers, minitubers and plantlets for seed/table purpose

Planting season

Early winter/spring

Planting

50,000 microtubes produced by in vitro technique are sufficient to cover an area of 512 acres with certified disease -free seed potato

Economics
In the 5 th cycle of multiplication the cost of seed potato produced from microtubers is less than half of that produced by conventional approach ( i.e.Rs.3.6 / kg vs Rs. 7.90/ kg conventionally).

Zingiber officinale (Ginger)
Variety: Himgiri
Perennial, tropical crop, rhizome used as spice and medicine

Planting season

Spring

Planting

The seed rate varies from 1500 to 1800 kg per ha from region to region at a spacing of 20-25 cm along the rows and 20-25 cm between the rows

Economics
Harvesting is done from the 6th month onwards.It' s yield potential is 25 to 35 tonnes per ha.The price of dried ginger in the international market ranges from US$700 to US$ 1350/tonne (Rs.30-Rs70/kg)

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