Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow farmers turn to cultivation of exotic vegetables

Being grown locally, exotic vegetables would soon be available at Lucknow markets at affordable prices. Broccoli, bok choy, lettuce, zucchini, and other exotic vegetables, which so far were available only in plush supermarkets or malls, would now be available in the local markets, at much lower prices as well.

Local farmers have gradually shifted from growing traditional vegetables to exotic ones. Shailendra Rajan, director ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH): “This year, we have distributed more than 30,000 broccoli saplings to the farmers after they showed interest in its farming. The change is a good one. These exotic veggies, which so far were grown in other states or were brought from the market in Delhi, would now be available in the local markets at affordable prices.”

Other farmers have also shown interest in the farming of other exotic vegetables including, bok choy, lettuce, Swiss chard, zucchini etcetera, the CISH director said.

Source: hindustantimes.com

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