Marigold flowers will now be cultivated in Giddhaur Block of Chatra District, India, once infamous for the cultivation of opium. During the training 55 local farmers received, Scientist Dharma Oraon said that the cultivation of marigold flowers can give many benefits to the farmers as compared to traditional farming. “The marigold flower not only has many benefits at a low cost, but also plays an important role in keeping the land fertile. Thus, farmers have benefitted doubly of marigold flowers,” he added.
Oraon explained that marigold flowers are cultivated in winter, summer, and rainy seasons. “Marigold flowers can be cultivated by any farmer. If the farmer applies a hybrid variety of seeds, the farmer can harvest the flowers thrice a year. Moreover, the local demand for marigold flowers is high.
According to Senior Scientist and KVK Head Dr. Ranjay Kumar Singh, Marigold flowers are cultivated according to the season. “Flowers are planted in January in the summer season. These flowers are often used in worship during Navratri days and also get good prices in the markets. After this, flowers are sown in April-May and again in August-September before the onset of winter,” he added.
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